City of Long Beach Omnibus Zoning Code Amendments - September 2019

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Long Beach
Document Title
City of Long Beach Omnibus Zoning Code Amendments - September 2019
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The proposed Zoning Code Amendment would cover all General Plan Land Use, Zoning, and Planned Development Districts in the City.
Document Description
The proposed Zoning Code Amendments - September 2019 (Project) would consist of changes categorized henceforth in this document by 'land use', 'development standards', and 'administrative procedures', collectively referred to as the "Project." The specific extent of the changes to Title 21 of the Long Beach Municipal Code (Zoning Ordinance) are described as follows: 1) Land Use: Define and provide regulations for the following uses currently undefined in the Zoning Code: a. Indoor and outdoor amusement/entertainment facilities, including escape rooms and similar uses; b. Tutoring centers; c. Animal-related uses including ancillary animal adoption and boarding related uses; 2) Development Standards: Make the following changes to existing development standards: a. Eliminate required distance between structures on a single property within residential zoning districts; b. Exempt non-conforming historic landmarks and contributing buildings, structures, and lots located in historic landm.ark districts from complying with parking requirements for expansions or interior alterations to residential uses to create additional bedrooms; c. Update the Gross Floor Area (GFA) definition to include on-grade, semisubterranean, and subterranean garages, as well as lofts, basements, and finished or habitable attics as part of GFA; update the definitions and code sections for lot coverage and floor area ratio to clarify that garage area up to 700 square feet for a single-family dwelling and all garage area for multifamily dwellings and non-residential buildings are exempt from lot coverage and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) calculations; lastly, exempt underground parking from complying with building setback requirements. d. Update fence regulations in flood zones to measure from the top of the flood plain and clarify standards for corner cutoffs; e. Provide exceptions to height limits for rooftop solar collectors in commercial, industrial, and institutional zoning districts; 3) Administrative Procedures: Make the following change to existing noticing requirements: a. Update noticing requirements to exempt hearing items continued to a date certain from re-noticing.

Contact Information

Cynthia de la Torre
Agency Name
City of Long Beach
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
City of Long Beach c/o Cynthia de la Torre
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Los Angeles

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Local Actions
Zoning Code Amendments
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects, California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water


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