Long Beach Planners Will Expand Efforts to Spread Word on Projects

Under a proposal that was passed upon second reading last week by the City Council, the Planning Commission will increase its efforts to advise residents of developments proposed for their neighborhoods.

The revisions in the commission’s notification guidelines were prompted by complaints from neighborhood activists that they sometimes do not know of development plans until they have already won city approval.

When dealing with large projects--more than 45 feet in height, more than 100,000 square feet in floor area and with a seating capacity of more than 500 people--the commission will send notices to property owners within a 500-foot radius of the proposed development site rather than within a 300-foot radius, as now required.

For the first time, resident managers of rental properties within the proposed area also will be notified.