Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration sign

After more than a year and a half of work, the consultants for an update of the SEADIP (Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan) land use plan have released their initial study and notice that an Environmental Impact Report is ready to begin.

Long Beach’s Development Services Department is the lead agency for the million-dollar project, designed to update the land use master plan for southeast Long Beach, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands. In late 2013, the city signed a contract with a firm called PlaceWorks to run the study and public outreach process.

Late Thursday, the Development Services Department sent out a notice that the Initial Study and Notice of Preparation are now available for public review. The review period runs through Nov. 20.

An official Scoping Meeting to help determine the topics to be addressed in the EIR has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 PCH. That meeting starts at 6 p.m., when officials will describe the project, the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) process, the purpose of the IS/NOP and upcoming EIR, and offer an opportunity for people and groups to comment on the environmental "scope" (or breath of topics and issues) that will be analyzed in the EIR.

SEADIP was approved in 1977, and governed land use in the area around the Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street intersection, including the Marina Pacifica and Marketplace centers, the Los Cerritos Wetlands and the Golden Sails Hotel. As years passed, more developers sought and were granted conditional use permits and waivers of SEADIP conditions to complete projects.

In 2012, after the second of two proposed redevelopment plans of the SeaPort Marina Hotel property were denied, at least partly because of significant issues with SEADIP requirements, the City Council ordered the update. It took more than a year to find financing and complete a request for proposals before hiring PlaceWorks.

Both the Notice of Preparation and the Initial Study are available online for review at the development services website, www.lbds.info. Click on planning, then environmental planning and finally on environmental reports. Hard copies of the documents are in the Main and Bay Shore libraries and at the Development Services office at City Hall.

The Initial Study is 67 pages long. The website also has comment cards and an address to submit them.

More to come on this story.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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