Residents Invited to Provide Input on Long Beach Boulevard Land Use Plan

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The public is invited to provide input on a land use planning effort that will affect Long Beach Boulevard from Anaheim Street to Wardlow Road. A scoping meeting has been scheduled for today, March 25, at 6:00 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park Community Room, 101 E. 28th St.

“The Midtown Specific Plan will help revitalize one of our primary transit corridors,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This important infrastructure project is yet another investment in the long-term sustainability and future of our City.”

The event will offer the community and local stakeholders an opportunity to speak one-on-one with project team members, and review the environmental impacts of the proposed project, including land use and planning, housing, air and water quality, transportation/traffic, noise, and public services and recreation.

“This project promotes more inclusive, safe, and healthy alternatives for our community,” said Councilmember Lena Gonzalez. “By implementing innovative concepts for transportation, housing, and leisure and open space, this effort will help to renew and restore the vitality of our neighborhoods.”

“This much-needed project is sure to attract new investment and encourage more development opportunities in our community,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews. “The lasting success of our corridor depends on the public and private coordination of our residents and business owners.”

The City of Long Beach will begin preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for the proposed project site along Long Beach Boulevard, consisting of the Midtown Specific Plan area and two Conventional Zoning areas. The EIR will include an outline for the development of 1,700 residential housing units and approximately 375,000 square feet of commercial and employment space.

The Midtown Specific Plan will provide a framework for the development and improvement of the corridor spanning from Anaheim Street to Spring Street. The Conventional Zoning project will convert the area between Spring Street and Wardlow Road to Community Commercial Pedestrian-Oriented (CCP) zoning. An additional residential area near Office Black Park between 20th Street and 21st Street will also be converted to CCP zoning.

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and accompanying Initial Study are available for public viewing at http://www.lbds.info/planning/environmental_Planning/environmental_reports.asp

The City of Long Beach will receive written comments relating to the draft EIR through April 7, 2015. Comments should be sent to Angela Reynolds, AICP, Deputy Director, Long Beach Development Services, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802, by facsimile to 562.570.6205, or by e-mail at angela.reynolds@longbeach.gov.

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