Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0406    Version: 1 Name: DS - Reg of Household Pets RES/Coastal Commission
Type: Resolution Status: Received and Filed
File created: 5/4/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/12/2020 Final action: 5/12/2020
Title: Adopt resolution directing the Director of Development Services to submit the Ordinance amending Title 21 to the California Coastal Commission for a finding of conformance with the Certified Local Coastal Program. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Development Services
Attachments: 1. 051220-H-9sr&att.pdf
TITLE
Adopt resolution directing the Director of Development Services to submit the Ordinance amending Title 21 to the California Coastal Commission for a finding of conformance with the Certified Local Coastal Program. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
On January 21, 2019, the City Council directed staff to prepare an Ordinance increasing the number of allowable household pets from four to six. The proposed change is part of the recommended regulatory changes supporting the Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) implementation of the Compassions Saves operational model that calls for proactively managing the number of dogs and cats in the City’s care. Matters related to animal care are not generally established within the Zoning Code. However, the standards related to the number of household pets is currently set forth within Zoning Code (Title 21) of the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC). In accordance with the LBMC, the Planning Commission considered the proposed Zoning Code Amendment at a public hearing on February 20, 2020, and recommended (with two Commissioners absent - 5-0) that the City Council approve the proposed Zoning Code Amendments (Attachment A - Findings).

Amend and Relocate Household Pet Regulations

The LBMC, Section 21.51.210, establishes a limitation on household pets to no more than four weaned household pets allowed at one site. The proposed amendment repeals the regulations of household pets within Title 21 of the Zoning Code.

The proposed amendment adds new regulations pertaining to the number of household pets to Title 6, under Chapter 6.16, Animal Regulation. The regulation of household pets is primarily a licensing matter, as opposed to an issue of land use, and is more appropriately located within Title 6, which is administered by Animal Care Services. The proposed regulation will increase the number of weaned pets allowed to six at a site.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed amendments, and concurred with th...

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