Community Development

Planning Commission

The seven-member Planning Commission (PC) plays a vital role in shaping the future development of Long Beach. Appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council, the PC provides insight and leadership on all matters affecting land use and work together with Community Development staff, neighborhood groups, design professionals, and business owners to help create the best support and fulfill the interests of the community. 

While the Commission serves as an advisory body on matters related to Zoning and the General Plan, commissioners also serve as the public hearing authority for a variety of development applications. Throughout the year, the Commission reviews numerous requests from homeowners and developers, including requests for conditional or administrative use permits, standards variances, local coastal development permits, site plan reviews and subdivision requests. 

Planning Commission Meetings

Commission meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Long Beach City Hall Civic Chambers (411 W. Ocean Blvd.).

The Planning Commission meeting will be held in-person and public comment can be provided in person or virtually via the Zoom platform. Please note the Zoom meeting may encounter technical disruptions, but in-person access and public comment will continue to be available in accordance with the Brown Act. Written testimony and written public comments can be submitted to  

To participate in these meetings virtually or by phone, please use the following options:

Join online
Join by phone: 213.338.8477
Meeting ID: 927 4212 9521

Staff Liaison:
Alison Spindler-Ruiz, Planning Bureau Manager, 562.570.6946