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Long Beach General Plan Update is Here!

The City has developed a plan to create the places Long Beach residents, businesses, and visitors have been asking for: a 21st century approach to achieving big city opportunities without losing the benefits of living in compact and comfortable neighborhoods.

For updates on the Land Use Element (LUE) and Urban Design Element (UDE), please sign up on LinkLB.

LATEST UPDATES - Updated June 18, 2019

On March 6, 2018, the City Council voted at a public hearing to confirm the General Plan Land Use Element and Urban Design Element PlaceType and Heights Maps,and directed staff to update the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Since that time, staff has been working to update the PEIR for the LUE and its companion Urban Design Element (UDE), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The revised PEIR is based on the final set of maps adopted by City Council on 3/6/18 as well as the updated LUE and UDE plan texts, for which technical changes have been made to align and ensure consistency with the map changes voted on by City Council and the revised CEQA analysis.

The review and public comment period for the EIR remains open through August 16, 2019. Follow this link to view the revised PEIR and for instructions on how to provide a comment. The updated LUE and UDE, and the final PlaceType & Height map, are also available for reference.

CEQA requires recirculation of an EIR when significant new information is added after public notice is given of the availability of the Draft EIR, but before the certification of the EIR. In this instance, recirculation is required due to the substantial changes made to the LUE maps after the first PEIR was circulated for public review in 2016. Updating the PEIR has involved revising the project description to reflect the City Council changes to the LUE text and maps and working with technical experts in transportation modeling, population forecasting, greenhouse gas emissions and more to update the analyses of the proposed LUE, for the purposes of CEQA review and disclosure. This included re-modeling existing and future conditions for 88 intersections throughout the city, updating forecast models related to air quality, and conferring with other agencies, such as the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), to gain consensus on these methodologies.

The PEIR will be available for public review and comment for 60 days, longer than the mandatory 45-day review required by CEQA. Once the comment period has closed, each comment received from the public or other agencies will be reviewed and responded to in writing, pursuant to CEQA. Subsequent to this process, staff will bring the matter back to decision makers, first to the Planning Commission for recommendation and then to the City Council for certification of the revised Final Environmental Impact Report (which includes all public comments and responses to those comments). Depending on the number of comments received, it is anticipated that this action will come before the City Council in October 2019.

Follow this link to view the Revised PEIR FAQs- Released 6/20/2019

About the General Plan Update

paperWHAT IT IS...
The City of Long Beach General Plan is a policy document required by State law, which sets forth the goals, policies, and directions the City will take to achieve the vision of the community.

The update to the General Plan is aimed at guiding Long Beach into a more sustainable future over the next 23 years and to meet new state requirements and development principles. Subsequent to the community workshops, the Planning Commission will review, comment on, and make recommendations on the Land Use and Urban Design Elements prior to being presented to the City Council for deliberation and input before adoption.

The way we live and work has changed a lot since 1989 when the Land Use Element was last updated. The new Long Beach 2040 General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Elements provide strategies to:
Founding Neighborhood
  • Address demand for housing, employment, and lifestyle choices for today and tomorrow.
  • Guide where new development is located and what it should look like.
  • Protect the character of existing single family neighborhoods.
  • Preserve and protect our environment for future generations.
  • Improve pedestrian experience and increase walkability.
  • Aim to reduce the number of residents (76%) who commute out of Long Beach for work.
  • Encourage larger open spaces by allowing a moderate increase in height limits in transit-oriented and mixed-use areas.

A city that thrives:

  • Long Beach is an urban metropolis by the sea.
  • Long Beach is multi-modal, supporting pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
  • Long Beach is sustainable, shrinking our environmental footprint and improving health.


View the Land Use Element Plan Document- updated version posted 6/17/19

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 View the March 2018 Urban Design Element Document (96MB)

General Plan Update Community Engagement Summary- Released 11/20/2017

On February 22, 2018, the City Attorney released a memo regarding the LUE and the new State Housing Laws that are effective in 2018. The memo and supporting documentation can be found at:

    • Attachment 1: League of CA Cities: 2018 Guide to New Housing Law in California
    • Attachment 2: City Manager Memorandum dated 4/4/17: 2016 Density Bonus and Accessory Dwelling Units Legislation and Implications for Local Governments
    • Attachment 3: City Attorney Memorandum dated 11/27/17: Senate Bill 35 (Streamlined Approval Process for Certain Types of Housing Developments)

Bike PathTo share comments or feedback, contact Alison Spindler at 562.570.6946, or email This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807.