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At its January 5, 2021 meeting, the Long Beach City Council will consider a proposed amendment to the Long Beach Zoning Code to establish an amnesty program that would create a process for allowing the legalization of certain existing, unpermitted dwelling units, subject to requirements to ensure units are brought up to current fire, life and safety standards through the legalization process.

The goal of this amendment is to increase housing quality and safety in Long Beach while also preserving needed housing units. A minimum 10-year affordability covenant would be required for a unit to be eligible for the amnesty program, in order to preserve units as affordable income-restricted units.

Providing a pathway for legalizing informal dwelling units is one of several policy strategies the City is pursuing to help address the housing crisis. The proposed program implements previous policy direction from the City Council.

The City Council meeting will be held via Teleconference Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom. The meeting agenda, a staff report on this item, and information on how to watch the meeting will be posted here.

For more information or to submit written testimony, contact
Alison Spindler-Ruiz, Planner, at or
(562) 570-6946.  
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