Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0409    Version: 1 Name: DS - Omnibus Zone Code RES/Coastal Commission
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 5/4/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/12/2020 Final action: 5/12/2020
Title: Adopt resolution directing Director of Development Services to submit the Ordinance amendments to the California Coastal Commission for a finding of conformance with the Certified Local Coastal Program. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Development Services
Attachments: 1. 051220-H-10sr&att.pdf, 2. RES-20-0060.pdf
TITLE
Adopt resolution directing Director of Development Services to submit the Ordinance amendments to the California Coastal Commission for a finding of conformance with the Certified Local Coastal Program. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
Title 21, Zoning Code, of the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) has not been comprehensively updated in more than 30 years and, as a result, extensive internal conflicts and outdated provisions exist throughout the Zoning Code. In response to issues raised by both staff and community stakeholders, staff have been directed to prepare a series of code updates to address new land use trends and business types, better respond to unique neighborhood development patterns, and improve administrative procedures.

New development standards and policies will enable the City to assist developers, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, residents, and business owners to make informed decisions when developing site plans. Additionally, by eliminating incongruencies, vagaries, and outdated code elements, City staff can provide consistent review and allow for greater code flexibility and modernized standards. The goal is to ensure that zoning codes in the City remain relevant and appropriate for both the present and future.

In an effort to modernize the Zoning Code of the LBMC, the Development Services Department (Department) is conducting periodic updates. Staff anticipate bringing Zoning Code amendments to the Planning Commission and the City Council in periodic intervals over the coming two or more years. The first set of Zoning Code updates were reviewed by Planning Commission on March 21, 2019 and adopted by the City Council on May 14, 2019. The second set of Zoning Code updates were reviewed by the Planning Commission on September 5, 2019 and adopted by City Council on October 22, 2019. In this round three of omnibus Zoning Code amendments, minor changes are proposed that clarify specific use regulations in commercial and industri...

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