Initiatives and Planning
Open Streets Initiative
The City of Long Beach is rolling out a new Open Streets Initiative designed to assist businesses in recovering from the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this program, businesses throughout the city may temporarily convert public areas – such as sidewalks, loading zones, and parking spots – into spaces for physically-distanced social interaction such as dining and shopping. Downtown businesses interested in utilizing public areas to safely enhance their operations are asked to contact DLBA’s Placemaking Manager Mariah Hoffman at MariahH@dlba.org; she will assist and connect them with appropriate City staff. Please note, businesses must obtain City approval before repurposing public space. Businesses extending their operations onto sidewalks should consult DLBA’s sidewalk pressure washing schedule. To ensure the area is cleaned, remove furnishings and furniture prior to the appointed time. The following City resources provide more in-depth information about options for temporarily using public space and necessary permitting.
City of Long Beach Open Streets Toolkit for Businesses >
Sidewalk Occupancy Consent Form >
Street Occupancy (Parklet) Consent Form >
ABC Permit for Temporary Expansion of Serving Area >
Occasional Event Permit Guidelines for Drive-In Dining >
Occasional Event Permit Application for Drive-In Dining >
Occasional Event Permit Guidelines for Parking Lot/Open Streets Dining >
Occasional Event Permit Application for Parking Lot Dining >
Special Events Permit Insurance Requirements >
Civic Center Outreach
Downtown Waterfront Study
Recognizing the need to create stronger pedestrian connectivity within Downtown’s waterfront, as well as between the waterfront and other downtown neighborhoods, the DLBA enlisted the expertise of the Urban Land Institute to explore and develop recommendations to improve pedestrian activity in the area. The report findings included short- and long-term recommendations focused around creating a great place beloved by residents that, in turn, attracts visitors.