Long Beach begins community outreach for zoning changes in central Long Beach • Long Beach Post News

The first virtual meeting is scheduled for April 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Two more meetings on April 6 and April 13 are both scheduled between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., according to a city announcement Friday afternoon.

The “Zone In: City Core” project is a rezoning in the neighborhoods between Pacific Coast Highway and 10th Street and Ximeno and Magnolia avenues. Zoning changes could affect the height and density of future residential developments and the pedestrian friendliness of streets and sidewalks.

It could also affect the affordability of neighborhoods and whether affordable housing might be needed in future developments. Some, but not all, of the Zone In project area overlaps with the city’s already established inclusionary zoning, which requires up to 11% of residential units in new projects to be set at affordable rates.

The boundaries of the In area include the city’s low-income neighborhoods, with much of the project area including neighborhoods where more than 25% of residents live in poverty, according to city data.

A community survey seeking feedback from residents and other business owners in the area is open until April 22. The survey is available on the city’s website and is offered in English, Spanish, Khmer and Vietnamese.

People who take the survey will be entered into a draw for a $50 gift card.

Zoning changes for the Zone In: City Core project are expected to be presented to City Council in the spring of 2023.

Those who want to attend community meetings must confirm their attendance on the city’s website.

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