The City is currently in the process of update the Comprehensive Plan as mandated by GMA. Our work schedules is listed here:
Task 1: Restructuring the Plan
This task will focus on organizing the comprehensive plan into two parts. Part I will segregate the 2008 vision statements, goals, and strategies into the mandatory and optional plan elements required under RCW 36.70A.070 and .080. Restructuring Part I will make it easier for Planning Commission members and the public to assess whether to retain, amend, or remove an individual vision statement, goal, or strategy. Also integrated into Part I will be the vision statements, goals, and policies from the Shoreline Master Program and the Park Plan.
A separate Part II will contain the data and assumptions used for developing the rationale in Part I. Updating information and looking for new facts or figures are available for a topic, such as population, demographic, or economic data.
The information in Part II will become an important tool for assessing the relevancy of the 2008 vision statements, goals, and strategies in subsequent milestones. Part II will be available to the Planning Commission at its January 2019 meeting.
Proposed completion date of Task 1: March 12, 2019
The first workshop with the Planning Commission will:
Task 2: Workshop 1
- Introduce the work plan for completing the comprehensive plan update;
- Review and select public participation approaches for engaging the community in the update process; and
- Examine community demographics and future population projections for Long Beach, then choose an appropriate 20-year population
A homework assignment will be distributed to the Planning Commission members to prepare them for the next workshop that will focus on homes and neighborhoods in the city.
Proposed completion date of Task 2: March 12, 2019
The homework assignment will be a focal point for workshop participants to evaluate the 2008 plan’s vision statements, goals, and strategies relating to homes and neighborhoods within the city. Discussion also will explore potential new approaches for improving housing affordability and choice in the city.
Task 3: Workshop 2
In preparation of Workshop 3, there will be a second homework assignment distributed to participants that will focus on commercial development within the city.
Proposed completion date of Task 3: April 9, 2019
Task 4: Workshop 3
Evaluating vision statements, goals, and strategies relating to commercial development in the downtown and elsewhere in the city will be the focus of this meeting. Participants will also explore new approaches to encouraging greater economic development throughout the community.
Proposed completion date of Task 4:May 14, 2019
Task 5: Workshop 4
Workshop 4 will focus on two topics simultaneously – circulation within the community (car, bicycle, and pedestrian) and distribution of future land uses. The workshop design will be a hands-on, visualization activity to update the transportation element and provide guidance on developing a future land use map. The activity may lead to new ideas about the classification and distribution of land uses in the city.
Proposed completion date of Task 5: June 11, 2019
Task 6: Preparation of First Draft
The preparation of a first draft of the comprehensive plan update will incorporate the outcomes of the four workshops. The Planning Commission and city staff will receive the draft to review for accuracy, content, readability, and further refinement.
Proposed completion date of Task 6: July 19, 2019
Task 7: Workshop 5
This workshop will discuss the first draft of the comprehensive plan update and reach agreement on any changes proposed by Planning Commission members and the city staff.
Proposed completion date of Task 7: August 13, 2019
Task 8: Preparation of Second Draft
After Workshop 5, changes will be made to the draft document as agreed upon by the participants. This document will now be ready for public comment in accordance the public participation approach.
Proposed completion date of Task 8: August 30, 2019
Task 9: Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan update
At this milestone, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the update. Once the Planning Commission completes the public comment portion of the meeting, they will assess if further changes to the update are necessary before preparing and forwarding a recommendation to the City Council.
Proposed completion date of Task 9: September 10, 2019
Task 10: Workshop 6 Incorporate Public Comment
Planning Commission wishes to have another workshop to discuss the public comment that was received on September 10th.
Proposed completion date of Task 10: October 8, 2019 from 4-6pm.
Task 11: Environmental and State Agency Review
Environmental review and the 60-day Notice of Intent to Adopt process.
Proposed completion date of Task 11: October or November 2019
Task 12: Local Adoption
Resolving comments received through SEPA threshold decision and the 60- day state review, if necessary.
Proposed completion date of Task 12: December 2019 or January 2020