We have made changes to Zoning Ordinance 942, Building Regulation 943, and others. These ordinances shall be in full force and effective five days from the date of its passage, approval, and publication in a manner required by law. They were adopted by the City Council of Long Beach after two public hearings and at the regular open public meeting held the Aug. 21.

In my efforts to ensure we have a community where citizens want to run a business and live, I have observed numerous code violations. I do not want residents to spend their money on building structures, fences, etc., and then have to remove them for being in violation of the zoning code. People are using materials that are not designed for fencing and/or not meeting building code requirements.

The purpose of the Zoning Regulations Ordinance for Long Beach is to: promote public health, safety and general welfare; encourage orderly growth; protect and enhance property values; minimize discordant, unsightly surroundings; avoid inappropriate design; provide for environmental, aesthetic, health, safety and general welfare objectives, while ensuring the comfort, prosperity, beauty and balance of the community as a whole; and promote and enhance construction and maintenance practices that will ensure visual quality throughout the city. The following are some of the changes to our ordinances. All fencing will require a design review application to be submitted to the community development director along with a $10 fee. See the ordinance for more details.

Below are several of the changes:

All vacation rentals must have garbage service at least once a month. Yellow bags are not an acceptable means of disposal. This must be addressed by the property management team and/or the individual responsible for renting the home. The garbage must be brought to the street for pick-up on the day of service and no sooner.

Regarding residentially-zoned property occupied by a single-family residence or duplex, the parking, storing or allowing to be parked or stored or kept:

a. Any commercial vehicles, as that term is defined in this section; or

b. More than four motor vehicles, but not including any recreational vehicles, trailers, unmounted camper or canopy shells, motor homes, or boats over 14 feet in length; provided, it is affirmative defense to this section for the total to exceed four motor vehicles by the number of licensed drivers who reside at the residence and whose driver’s licenses are the same as the residence; or

c. A total of not more than three combined number of recreational vehicles, motor homes, trailers, unmounted camper or canopy shells, boats over 14 feet in length; and further provided, that subsections (B) (12) (a) through (c) of this section are subject to the following:

i. One commercial vehicle up to 16,500 pounds of gross vehicle weight may be parked on property residentially zoned or property occupied by a single-family residence or duplex; and

ii. Any number of the total allowed may be parked, stored, or location upon a designated driveway as defined in this subsection; and

iii. A total of not more than two of the total allowed may be parked, stored, or located, anywhere else on the property within the side or rear yards, subject to requirements of the zoning, building, and fire codes; and

iv. A total of not more than two of the total allowed, and only if they are motor vehicles (not including recreational vehicles, motor homes, trailers, unmounted camper or canopy shells, boats over 14 feet in length), may be parked on private property adjacent to and within 20 feet of the right-of-way so long as:

A. The area is surfaced by asphalt, concrete, gravel or similar material; and

B. The parking area is immediately accessible to the traveled portion of the roadway without intervening sidewalk; and

v. Any vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, boat, camper, or motor home must be currently licensed and in operable condition;

d. This subsection does not apply to the following:

i. Any vehicle, including recreational vehicles, motor vehicles, trailers, camper shells or boats, when they are kept or located in or under lawfully permitted and constructed building;

ii. Temporary parking for a duration not to exceed 12 hours, for example, for temporary repairs, cleaning, or guests, excluding temporary parking of commercial vehicles except as otherwise provided in this section.

iii. Any property or situation where a development regulation applies. For example, the limitation on number of vehicles would not apply at an apartment constructed pursuant to an approved building plan and permit with approved parking plans. For further example, parking would not be allowed in an approved landscaped area.

iv. To allow parking in or on the right-of-way, city-owned property or fire lanes;

v. To allow the parking of any junk vehicles;

vi. Parking of motorcycles is exempt from section;

e. “Designated Driveway” means that clearly defined roadway leading from the street which is surfaced by asphalt, concrete, gravel or similar material not to exceed 24 feet in width, or otherwise as shown on city-approved building or site plans approved by the Community Development Department. Where there is curb and gutter at the street, the vehicles may only be parked in one driveway in the area between the front of the residence or principal structure and the lot front line;

f. “Vehicle” or “motor vehicle” means a currently licensed motorized or non-motorized conveyance that includes, but is not limited to, an automobile, car, truck, trailer, camper, motorcycle, or watercraft, in operable condition;

g. ”Recreational vehicle” means a currently licensed motorized or non-motorized conveyance that includes, but is not limited to, motor homes, travel trailers, folding tent trailers, truck campers removed from a truck or pickup, horse trailers, boat trailers with or without boats, utility trailers, and similar vehicles; h. “Commercial vehicle” means any motor vehicle the principal use of which is the transportation of commodities, merchandise, produce, freight, vehicles, animals, passengers for hire, or which is used primarily in construction or farming, including but not limited to bulldozers, backhoes, tractors and cranes. Parking of commercial vehicles on property residentially zoned, or property occupied by a single-family residence or duplex, shall constitute a nuisance and is prohibited. It shall be a defense to a violation of this section that during the entire time that the commercial vehicle was parked in the residential neighborhood, the operator of the vehicle was actively engaged in making a delivery or providing services to residents in the immediate vicinity or where the vehicle was parked.

1. Any nonconforming signs purchased and mounted prior to Dec. 31, 2015 shall be grandfathered.

2. The sign must be brought up to current code if there is damage of 50 percent or more in the replacement cost of either the nonconforming sign or the structure to which it is affixed; or

3. Failure to maintain the sign in good repair, to include regular painting and rust removal.

I encourage everyone to go online to the city website or come by City Hall to find out all the other changes that have been made. We are happy to work with you to accomplish your goals.

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