The contentious Land Use Element (LUE) that has fueled outrage among homeowners in Long Beach over the past year was approved by the city council Tuesday night but the guiding document that will outline future zoning in the city did not escape council scrutiny, further limiting Long Beach’s housing capacity going forward.
The Long Beach land use element could take a significant step forward Tuesday night as the the city council takes up the item for the first time since study sessions held last year set off fierce debate between residents and planners over how the city should look after future development.
A formal position on a California State Senate bill that would drastically limit local control over future zoning will have to wait as the Long Beach City Council opted for a “wait-and-see” approach as potential amendments to the bill are unveiled.
After hours of deliberation and public comment the Long Beach Planning Commission voted Monday to forward a contentious land use planning document to the city council.
The last public meeting before the land use element (LUE) is expected to head to the city council is scheduled for Monday December 10 where a capacity crowd will likely pack the council chambers to try and sway the planning commission’s vote.
City officials today released revised maps of the Land Use Element, which has come under fire in recent months as the proposed density and building height allowances drawn up in the plan have roiled residents.
In what was the last scheduled public workshop to address concerns from the public regarding Long Beach’s new land use element (LUE) hundreds of residents from around the city filled a tent erected in the parking lot of the North Patrol Division’s police station outside Scherer Park to ensure that their message was clear; the current land use element and its proposed building heights and density allowances are a non-starter.
Following a series of standing-room only community meetings to discuss the city’s future land use element an upcoming meeting in North Long Beach has been moved to a bigger venue to accommodate the anticipated crowd.
Four more opportunities for the community to give input into the General Plan Land Use Element and Urban Design Element, documents that guide development and building in Long Beach.
Long Beach is looking to the future, and with its proposed land use element (LUE) is planning for a city that will include tighter retail spaces and taller residential developments to help ease the growing burden of California’s housing crunch.