On September 5, 2019, the Planning Commission will consider recommending that the City Council accept Negative Declaration and approve the following Zoning Code amendments to Title 21 of the Long Beach Municipal Code:

Omnibus Zoning Code Update Round 2
The City of Long Beach Planning Bureau is conducting quarterly tune-ups to modernize the City’s Zoning Code. The code amendments address new land use trends and business types, better respond to unique neighborhood development patterns, and improve administrative processes. The following amendments are proposed as a part of this update:

  • Land use – define and provide regulations for escape rooms, tutoring centers, and animal-related uses

  • Development standards – eliminate required distance between structures on a single property in residential zoning districts; exempt non-conforming historic landmarks from parking requirements for residential expansions or additional bedrooms; update the Gross Floor Area (GFA) definition, clarify that certain garage areas are excluded from lot coverage and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) calculations, and exempt underground parking from building setback requirements; measure fence height from top of flood plain in flood zones; clarify corner cutoffs; and exempt height limits for rooftop solar

  • Administrative procedures – exempt hearing items continued to a date certain from re-noticing

The Negative Declaration is based on the finding that the project will not have significant adverse impacts to the environment. The Negative Declaration can be viewed on the City’s Environmental Reports webpage . The 30-day public review period associated with the Negative Declaration ends on September 2, 2019.

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines, any comments concerning the findings of the proposed Negative Declaration must be submitted in writing and received by the City no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date of the public review period as cited in the Notice of Intent, in order to be considered prior to the City’s final determination on the project.

Should you decide to challenge either of these projects, you may be limited to the issues raised during this public review period. Please submit written comments to Jennifer Ly, Planner at Jennifer.Ly@LongBeach.gov or Cynthia de la Torre, Planner at Cynthia.DeLaTorre@LongBeach.gov .
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