Long Beach, CA
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File #: 19-0646    Version: Name: DS - Zone Code Amendments – Drive Throughs
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 6/20/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/16/2019 Final action: 7/23/2019
Title: Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by amending Sections 21.15.870; Table 32-1 of Chapter 21.32, Table 33-2 of Chapter 21.33, and Section 21.45.130; and by adding Section 21.15.875, all relating to drive-through facilities, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Development Services
Attachments: 1. 071619-H-2sr&att.pdf, 2. 071619-H-2 PowerPoint.pdf, 3. 072319-ORD-7att.pdf, 4. 071619-H-2 Corresp.Davis.pdf, 5. 071619-H-2 Corresp.Gaytan.pdf, 6. 071619-H-2 Corresp.Shilling.pdf, 7. ORD-19-0016.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
7/23/20192 City Council approve recommendation and adoptPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
7/16/20191 City Council declare ordinance read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final readingPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
TITLE
Recommendation to declare ordinance amending the Long Beach Municipal Code by amending Sections 21.15.870; Table 32-1 of Chapter 21.32, Table 33-2 of Chapter 21.33, and Section 21.45.130; and by adding Section 21.15.875, all relating to drive-through facilities, read and adopted as read. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
Currently drive-through establishments are permitted throughout the City, by Conditional Use Permit (CUP), in most commercial zones and by-right in limited industrial zones (Light Industrial) (IL), Medium Industrial (IM), General Industrial (IG), and Port-Related Industrial (IP), if the drive-through establishment is located more than 300 feet from the nearest residential district. Citywide, the number of existing fast food drive-through establishments totals 116. Using the City’s log of entitlement applications and past Planning Commission actions, the number of fast food drive-throughs per zip code is shown in Table 1.

The focus of the proposed Zoning Code amendment is to better regulate drive-through establishments. The data provided herein is on fast food drive-throughs, as the operational characteristics of fast food drive-through establishments have been found to be more impactful compared to the operations of drive-through banks, dry cleaners, and pharmacies. The latter types of drive-through establishments tend to experience less queuing, waiting, and noise impacts (due to either the absence of, or typically, fewer menu boards with speakers). Additionally, citywide, there are fewer bank, dry cleaner, and pharmacy drive-through establishments compared to fast food drive-through establishments. The number of existing fast food drive-through establishments in Long Beach, coupled with the influx of applications received specifically for fast food drive-through establishments in recent years and the concerns expressed by the community, compelled the City to evaluate the existing drive-through regulations.
Table 1:
Existing Drive-T...

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