This project, as submitted, requires new zoning approval and a zone change by the city council that will allow lot sizes to be 2400 sq.ft. to accommodate their proposed project. The homes are 2-4 bedrooms and yet parking is restricted to a two car garage included on the home site with no on-street parking. At minimum this will put another 300 cars on the narrow, impacted streets within this isolated neighborhood.
Could this be considered “spot zoning” to support the OC developer known as Integral Communities? Spot zoning is a provision in a general plan which benefits a single parcel of land by creating a zone for use just for that parcel and different from the surrounding properties in the area.
The EIR states that there is no other property within Long Beach that could handle this size development, unless of course one were to consider taking more open space/park land to house more residents in an already built out city! That most certainly says this change in density with a new PUD-13 allowing 13 homes per acre is project specific. With over 30% of the land being considered landscaped or open areas, the density will be even greater.
If you believe, at best, this project should be reduced in size to more appropriately compliment the area, please attend the November 10th 5:00 p.m.city council meeting when this hearing will take place. I personally, am of the mindset that this valuable land should remain open space for future park development in an area of Long Beach that today is lacking recreational opportunities.
The Long Beach 2010 Sustainable City Action Plan includes the goal of creating 8 acres of open space per 1000 residents. This project will take 10.5 acres of available open space in a north Long Beach community that even a resident supporter of the project identified as "an abandoned area of Long Beach" and allow increased density that usually brings negative impacts and demands to the area.
This is not only an issue for Dominquez Gap community, but all of the 8th district since access to Del Amo Blvd and LB Blvd will most definitely be impacted well beyond what is experienced today.
Last bite at the proverbial apple.......this is where the residents can influence the outcome of a housing development that is not complimentary to the neighborhood community. Will you do your part?
Long Beach Neighborhoods First encourages you to attend the November 10th 5:00 p.m. city council meeting to support these concerned residents.
The EIR can be viewed at