As reconstruction efforts continue throughout Long Beach, officials are looking to create a more resilient and economically sustainable city. They began developing an updated Comprehensive Plan earlier this year that focuses on the town’s future.
The goal of the plan, officials said, is rebuilding and sustainability, emphasizing initiatives that residents deem most important. At a public information meeting on April 28 at the Magnolia Senior Center, officials shared aspects of the updated plan with residents and solicited feedback from them on the projects they would like to see in the future.
“I’m glad they’re doing this,” said resident Rachel Miller, who came to ask about plans to build an esplanade — a walking and sitting area similar to the boardwalk — near Reynolds Channel, to beautify the north side of the city. “I hope they’re taking some of the suggestions. It’s great that they’re asking about all kids of community issues.”
In August 2014, we hosted three public meetings exploring the possibility of adding more features to the boardwalk in an effort to make it more of a destination. Adding more attractions will not only benefit residents, but also help draw more visitors and drive traffic to local businesses, especially during the notoriously slow winter months.
What does it look like in the future?
The City of Long Beach is applying for Hazard Mitigation funding from FEMA on behalf of their residents to assist homeowners with long term solutions to mitigate against future storms....
In October 2012, the Long Beach Boardwalk was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. In early 2013, a successful series of community visioning efforts held by The City of Long Beach and Sustainable Long Island insured that the initial reconstruction of the Boardwalk was consistent with the values of Long Beach residents. To help in the second phase of construction, we continued our efforts to identify community values to help determine specific design elements related to the ways the community will use the Boardwalk.
The City of Long Beach has partnered withSustainable Long Islandto work on recovery and relief efforts throughout the community; discussing and implementing methods for rebuilding and revitalization, as well as increasing resiliency to future storms. The Long Beach Listens website is an informational hub for Long Beach businesses and residents; providing a channel to stay informed and have a say with ongoing projects of the City.
Long Beach is getting artsy
The City Council is looking to enhance the cultural environment of Long Beach by forming a new Council for the Arts that will promote the arts throughout the community.
The City Council announced last fall that it would form the organization, a group that City Manager Jack Schnirman said had been inactive for decades. It will be tasked with advising and making recommendations to the City Council for new art programs, cultural activities and other initiatives. It will also promote the programs of the city’s 22-arts related organizations and encourage collaboration among the groups.
City officials are reviewing applicants for open spots on the nine-member council, and hope to announce the appointments soon. The group’s first meeting is tentatively set for April.
Magnolia Community Center
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Over the past year, the City has been working on creating a Comprehensive Plan that addresses current and future issues raised from community input, focusing on resiliency and economic sustainability. A culmination of work on the Creating Resilience: A Planning Initiative project is presented in the attached Draft Comprehensive Plan. The Plan provides short, medium and long-term recommendations ranging from low-cost, easy-to-implement items to potential future redevelopment concepts. After the first set of public meetings took place last year (4/28/15; 6/08/15; 6/11/15; 6/15/15; 6/18/15) the City and its consultant team went back and analyzed the community input received and coupled with economic analysis, research and planning best practice has developed concepts, strategies and action items in line with the community vision of:
With a draft of the Comprehensive Plan prepared, a re-introduction to the plan and its process was initiated with the public this summer. The main long-term concepts and drawings were highlighted on boards at three August meetings (8/1/16; 8/9/16; 8/23/16), which kicked off the second phase of the public comment period. While these long-range redevelopment scenarios are still purely conceptual, it is vital to collect and synthesize community input early in the planning process. We encourage the public to read the Draft Comprehensive Plan and utilize the Table of Contents to find topics most important to you.
Some of the community concerns we have heard this summer, and will expand upon in the Plan, include:
In order to gather additional input, the 9th public information meeting will be held October 6, 2016 at the Magnolia Community/Senior Center from 6:30PM – 8:30PM. It will again be an open house format, so people are welcome to attend at any time. Public comments will be analyzed for their incorporation into the plan that will be put before City Council. Therefore, your comments are very important to us.
A draft of the plan can be found here:
Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to the City of Long Beach and your critical input into shaping our collective future.
Developing a vibrant and sustainable community, with a resilient economy and environment that protects and enhances safety, health, diversity, arts/culture, transportation, infrastructure and quality of life for current and future residents and guests of Long Beach
Comprehensive Plan Late Summer 2016 Update
Upcoming CP/LWRP Open House Meetings
The draft Comprehensive Plan (CP) has been developed through a community driven process in which challenges, goals, aspirations and visions for the future of the City have been addressed. Extensive public outreach was previously done in 2015 and input was gathered from residents and business owners through five public meetings, two focus groups (Arts and the Economy), and 1200 responses to a city-wide survey. From community input gathered, we were able to develop together a draft plan with conceptual images that best addresses the issues within the City brought to us by residents and businesses to create a 20 year vision.These concepts were presented at the 6th public meeting on Monday, August 1st, the 7th public meeting on Tuesday, August 9th, both held at the library and the 8th public meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd, held at the MLK Center. There will be a final public meeting on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at the Magnolia Community/Senior Center. The City and its planning consultant team would like to hear your feedback on these draft concepts in order to finalize this community based plan
Please find a quick synopsis of the plan here:
Please review the goals and challenges boards along with the draft conceptual images and take the survey to provide your feedback here. We value your input greatly and thank you for taking the time to provide it.
Public Information Meetings for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and Comprehensive Plan Update were held in April and June 2015.
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