Community Development

Downtown Plan Update (PD-30)

Downtown Long Beach is a dynamic live, work, play environment, and over the last ten years since the adoption of the Downtown Plan, it has yielded more than 5,000 approved housing units, a new civic center, pedestrian, retail and other improvements; and has been the planning tool behind the majority of the city’s development in the past decade.


The Downtown Plan encompasses the downtown area roughly bounded by the LA River to the west, Alamitos Avenue to the east, Anaheim Street to the north and Ocean Boulevard to the south.


For this update, the City has seven primary goals, these include:

  1. Promote investment and housing growth, with a focus on affordable housing and preventing displacement.
  2. Modernize regulations to comply with the State's design standard requirements.
  3. Streamline California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance.
  4. Align the Downtown Plan with recent policy changes in the Land Use Element (LUE), Housing Element and other city planning efforts.
  5. Adopt a Specific Plan consistent with State law, standards and best practices.
  6. Provide regulations suitable for the smaller or irregular land use sites within Downtown.
  7. Create development regulations that are specific to Downtown, comprehensive, easy to administer and understandable by the public.

Planning staff is currently in the preliminary stages of reviewing the existing plan, analyzing issues and opportunities, considering the historical context and existing conditions, evaluating the Downtown Plan’s impact over the past 10 years, and devising strategies for most effectively updating the plan for the next decade or decades of growth, complying with state law and improving the implementation of the plan for the future.

Community Outreach & Engagement

The City of Long Beach is committed to a comprehensive and inclusive planning process, guided by extensive community outreach and public participation. A variety of online and in-person outreach activities will be used to make public involvement accessible to as many community members and stakeholders as possible.

Stakeholder Engagement

To gain a deeper understanding of local needs and ensure a community-centered approach, the City partnered with specialists, community-based organizations and neighborhood associations. A summary of the valuable insights and feedback received during these processes can be found in the following reports:

Past Community Events

Staff held a second Open House for the Downtown Plan Update on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Billie Jean King Main Library. The Open House built on various engagement and outreach efforts over the past year to update the development regulations and establish a common vision and supportive land-use strategies for the future of Downtown, including a focus on preventing displacement, building new housing for all income levels, and updating design and land-use standards to comply with local and state policies for more flexibility in future downtown development opportunities. See below to view the engagement boards presented at this event:

In addition to the Community Open Houses, staff hosted pop-up booths at the following events to provide more information on these joint efforts and receive feedback:

  • Black Everywhere – Friday, Nov. 25, 2023
  • Latinos in Action California – Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023
  • Northeast Village Neighborhood Association Community Open House – Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023
  • Promenade Neighborhood Association – Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023
  • Long Beach Forward and Libre Open House – Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023
  • Council District 1 Night at the Aquarium - Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023
  • DTLB Roller Disco - Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023
  • Centro CHA Back to School Event at Drake Park - Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023
  • Taste of Downtown Waterfront - Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023
  • LA Design Fest - Friday, June 24, 2023
  • Beach Streets - Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Victory Park Design Guidelines Open House - Saturday, May 20, 2023

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For more information or questions related to the Downtown Plan Update, contact us by email at or by phone at 562.570.6194.