In Depth Coverage
|(Feb. 25, 2018, 11:35 a.m.) -- Less than two weeks before City Councilmembers may or may not make fateful decisions on Land Use Element density increase maps, the LB City Attorney's office has forwarded to the Mayor and Councilmembers two memos that Councilmembers already received last year, plus a newly issued 2018 brochure from the "League of CA Cities" summarizing a dozen Sacramento-enacted 2017 bills that now impact local housing land use, accompanied by a City Attorney office transmittal memo .
LBREPORT.com learned of the City Attorney transmittal, requested a copy of what the Mayor and Council were sent and makes the materials publicly available below. The materials are:
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While not attached to the materials forwarded to the Mayor and Council, the following text is visible on the State of California's Housing and Community Development Agency website (and was previously reported by LBREPORT.com here) regarding SB 35:
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As LBRPEORT.com has previously noted, SB 35's text is complex; it can be viewed at this link. The texts of more than a dozen other 2017 Sacramento housing/land use impacting bills are also impactful and complex.
There is no legal requirement that the City Council advance the LUE maps on
If a Council majority advances the maps with changes, city staff will issue a revised "Environmental Impact Report" justifying the proposed changes and schedule a Council hearing with a final Council vote to enact the LUE and the maps in the coming weeks or months.
Although city staff unveiled its "PlaceType" draft LUE and maps in May 2015, the City Council has held only one roughly one-hour "study session" to date on the issue. It took place on June 13, 2017, when the Sacramento bills were progressing but hadn't yet been enacted. At the June 13, 2017 Council "study session," no Councilmembers publicly objected to the LUE's proposed density increases (although Councilman Daryl Supernaw voiced a non-specific concern about "parking.") The maps as shown to the Council and the public on June 13, 2017 [which were visible since May 2015 with relatively few changes] can be seen at this link.
In the Fifth District, the June 13 Council study session maps included proposed three story mixed uses at Parkview Village, the "Pavilions" and "Ralphs" and "bow tie" shopping nodes along Los Coyotes Diagonal. These drew no audible objections from 5th district Councilwoman Stacy Mungo at the June 13, 2017 Council study session.
Two days after the Council's June 13 "study session," city staff unveiled significantly revised maps at a June 15 Planning Commission "study session." These maps proposed considerably increased ELB density and drew strong public pushback at an August 17, 2017 Planning Commission meeting. (At the Augutst Planning Commission meeting, a member of the public, 4th district resident Janet West, publicly raised the issue of SB 35, which LBREPORT.com then began reporting in detail.) Resulting public push-back to the maps led to "Town Hall" style meetings that drew some of the largest crowds in opposition to a Long Beach City Hall-proposed action in the city's past quarter century.
Orange lawn signs appeared, urging the Council to "Say NO to the LUE." Candidates challenging incumbent Councilmembers in districts 3 5 and 7 surfaced (with the LUE prominently mentioned by candidates in districts 3 and 5.) Several challengers have indicated they believe the Council should NOT advance the LUE maps on March 6 -- with or without tweaks -- until neighborhood residents and decision making Councilmembers have first had a meaningful opportunity to review and discuss the LUE impacts of the multiple complex 2017-enacted bills.
In response to the public pushback, in November 2017, city staff proposed roll-backs to its June 15/August 17 density increase maps. In December 2017, the Planning Commission recommended further density roll-backs. These maps are now headed for the March 6, 2018 Council meeting. Its recommended maps aren't binding on the Council
Councilwoman Mungo indicated at the conclusion of a Feb. 3 private meeting with selected residents and Mayor Garcia that she plans to make a motion on
Councilwoman Price indicated at a Feb. 17 meet-and-greet for citywide candidates that she plans to propose a number of changes to the currently proposed maps. (LBREPORT.com coverage here)
LBREPORT.com has also reported on now-advancing SB 827 (by the author of SB 35) that would require cities to allow housing developers to build roughly four to eight story residential or mixed use buildings within a quarter to half mile of designated public transit (including buses.) (Coverage here, here and here) The League of CA Cities opposes SB 827 and has urged cities to do likewise, but to date the City of Long Beach hasn't taken a position.
As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, three Councilmembers (Mungo, Austin and Supernaw) acquiesced in a request by Austin [who has indicated he's considering running for a state Senate seat] to send the issue to a Council Committee until SB 827's author makes unspecified amendments. Regardless of what position on SB 827 the Committee does or doesn't recommend, the full Council isn't scheduled to meet again until March 6 (and the LB City Council's voted position is no guarantee of a Sacramento outcome.).
Developing. Further to follow.
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