Community Development

Downtown Long Beach Land Use Planning

Renewing the Downtown Plan; Revitalizing the Downtown Waterfront 

The City of Long Beach has launched a two-part effort designed to update regulations for development in Downtown and to establish a common vision and supportive land use strategies for the future of the Downtown Shoreline area.

  • Downtown Plan Update: Encompasses the downtown area north of Ocean Boulevard and will be updated and renewed with a focus on expanding housing opportunities for all income levels, including the development of new affordable housing projects. Click the graphic below to learn more and get involved!
  • Downtown Shoreline Vision Plan: Encompasses the area south of Ocean Boulevard and will help gauge stakeholder expectations and aspirations for the Downtown Shoreline area and establish a contemporary community Vision Plan for a world-class waterfront. Click the graphic below to learn more and get involved!

Get Involved!

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.

Join us for our upcoming open house to learn more about the Downtown Plan update and provide feedback that will be used to prepare a draft Plan update!

Downtown Plan Update Open House
Saturday, May 18, 2024
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Billie Jean King Main Library, 200 W. Broadway

Please RSVP for the event here. Spanish interpretation will be available at the event, as well as other languages by request through the RSVP link.

This community meeting builds 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. This includes 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. We welcome your participation to learn more about this planning effort and share your feedback that will be used to inform the draft plan update expected to be released this summer. Your participation is key in shaping these updates and we hope you can join us!

Help guide the future of the Downtown shoreline area by taking our Guiding Principles Survey open through June 24!

This 10 to 15-minute survey, is available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog, and will allow you to give your feedback on the framework for the revisioning of the downtown shoreline area. This survey is a way for you to weigh in on community values, concerns and aspirations when thinking of what you would like the downtown waterfront to represent in the future. Your participation is an invaluable piece of creating Everyone’s Shoreline to benefit all Long Beach residents.

Click here to take the survey.

Sign up to be notified of upcoming meetings and project updates.

Community Outreach & 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:

Staff hosted a joint open house for the Long Beach Downtown Plan Update and Downtown Shoreline Vision Plan on Saturday Sept. 9, 2023. View the Open House presentation video and boards below!

In addition to the Community Open House, 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


For more information or questions, contact us by email at or by phone at 562.570.6194.