Environmental Reports

This page contains the environmental reports -- Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Mitigated Negative Declarations (MND) and Initial Studies required by the California Environmental Quality Act for projects in the City. Please contact the project planner listed in the report for additional information or to comment on projects during the public comment period.

Rofael Marina and Caretaker Facility

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) No. 13-008 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a request to allow the development of a marina on a 6,179 sq. ft. property located at the terminus of Park Avenue in Huntington Harbour. The proposed improvements include a 66 ft. long community dock area, a 488 sq. ft. marina office, a floating pedestrian ramp, public access to the water's edge, and a 2,639 sq. ft., three story marina office and caretaker's quarters with 1,096 sq. ft. of associated parking garage and carport, and a 184 sq. ft. balcony. The project requires approval of a Coastal Development Permit and a Conditional Use Permit.

The proposed marina is designed as a single shared dock facility to cater to small watercrafts such as stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and small sailboats which can be carried to the dock. The community dock will be available for public use; individual slips and private rental will not be available. No launch fees or parking fees are proposed at this time. The marina will not include fueling facilities or a launch ramp for large boats. The marina will have limited hours of operation, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. The full time caretaker's quarters will allow for 24 hour supervision of the facility. Access to the project is proposed via Park Avenue and will require ingress/egress easements over two residential properties.

The project may require dredging of the channel to provide access to the proposed docks. An approximately 1,500 square foot area of the harbor bottom will be dredged to depths of -5 Ft. Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), requiring removal of approximately 275 cubic yards of sediment. The proposed placement of one dock will cover or shadow about 25 feet of the existing bank and approximately 325 square feet of water area.

Project Location:

16926 Park Avenue, Huntington Beach CA 92649 (terminus of Park Avenue, east of Pacific Coast Highway)

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Rofael Marina and Caretaker Facility will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, June 4, 2015 and ending Monday, July 6, 2015. Written comments on the draft MND must be submitted to Tess Nguyen, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 by Monday, July 6, 2015. A copy of the Draft MND is also available for review at the following locations:

Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach Planning Commission. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for August 2015. For further information, please contact Tess Nguyen at 714-374-1744 or tnguyen@surfcity-hb.org.


Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 13-008


Tennis Estates Tree Trimming and Management Plan

Draft Negative Declaration No. 11-005 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to permit the establishment of a Tree Trimming and Management Plan that will be implemented at the Tennis Estates Homeowners Association property in the Coastal Zone. The Tree Trimming and Management Plan addresses maintenance and management procedures of trees on the subject site including trees that have provided heronry functions for birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Additionally, the project includes a mitigation plan and provisions to make permanent all previous work approved under six emergency coastal development permits that were issued by the California Coastal Commission (CCC). The mitigation plan also describes the methods for the installation and requirements for the monitoring of 21 pine trees to be planted as mitigation for seven trees that were previously removed or trimmed on the property without permits. The project requires a coastal development permit to address applicable work with any new and existing trees onsite.

Project Location
16380 Wimbledon Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (southwest corner of Saybrook Lane and Humboldt Drive)

The draft ND will be available for public review and comment for 30 days, commencing Thursday, May 14, 2015 and ending Friday, June 12, 2015. Written comments on the draft ND must be submitted to Jill Arabe, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach Planning & Building Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2015. A copy of the draft ND is also available for review at the following locations:

Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach Zoning Administrator. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 1, 2015. For further information, please contact Jill Arabe at 714-374-5357 or jarabe@surfcity-hb.org.

Negative Declaration No. 11-005


LeBard Park and Residential Project)

The project includes a proposal by the Huntington Beach City School district to amend the existing Public zoning and General Plan land use designations on an approximately 9.7-acre surplus closed school site (LeBard Elementary School) for public recreation and single-family residential uses. The City would acquire 6.5 acres of the LeBard Elementary School site that are currently developed with sports fields as an addition to the adjoining approximately 3-acre developed portion of LeBard Park. Improvements within the sports fields and existing park area would include a new concession/restroom/storage building, relocation of bleachers and bullpens, accessibility upgrades and an expanded parking lot. Other improvements include grading and drainage within the park and sports fields area and a new passive recreational area. The existing amenities in LeBard Park and all six sports fields would remain. The project also includes a 15-lot, low-density single-family residential planned unit development subdivision in the 3.2-acre area where the original school building and pavement/parking area are currently developed. If approved, the subdivided area would be sold to a private home builder for development of the residences. Additionally, because the project would be a planned unit development, a public benefit must be provided. The HBCSD has proposed a new restroom/concession and storage building and other park upgrades as part of the public benefit. The project requires a variance to address perimeter landscaping requirements in the park parking lot and a conditional use permit to address differences in existing elevations across the site.

Project Location
20451 & 20461 Craimer Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646 (LeBard closed school & LeBard Park)

A Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared for the LeBard Park and Residential Project and analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the project. The draft MND will be available for public review and comment for 30 days, commencing Thursday, April 16, 2015 and ending Friday, May 15, 2015. Written comments on the draft MND must be submitted to Jennifer Villasenor, Acting Planning Manager, City of Huntington Beach Planning & Building Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m, Friday, May 15, 2015. A copy of the draft MND is also on file at the following locations:

Subsequent to the comment period, public hearings will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach Planning Commission and City Council. The public hearings are tentatively scheduled for Summer 2015. For further information, please contact Jennifer Villasenor at 714-374-1661 or jvillasenor@surfcity-hb.org.

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Appendix A: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Model Outputs
Appendix B: Arborist Report
Appendix C: Biological Resources Data
Appendix D: Cultural Resources Data
Appendix E: Paleontological Records Search
Appendix F: Geotechnical Report
Appendix G: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Appendix H: Noise Model Outputs
Appendix I: Traffic Study
Appendix J: Parking Study
Appendix K: Water Resources Data

 

Draft Addendum to Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) No. 2011-002 (Reusable Bag Ordinance)

Prior to adopting the Reusable Bag Ordinance on March 18, 2013, the City Council adopted Final EIR No. 2011-002, which provided an analysis of impacts by issue area as identified in the project's Initial Study. Subsequently, at the January 20, 2015 regular meeting, the City Council voted to direct staff to prepare an ordinance to repeal the Reusable Bag Ordinance and conduct the necessary environmental review.

As part of its decision-making process, the City is required to review and consider potential environmental effects that could result from the proposed repeal of the Ordinance. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), if project changes occur after certification of an EIR, an evaluation should be made to determine if there are changes in circumstances or new information of substantial importance that would require preparation of a subsequent or supplemental EIR. In the event that this is not the case, an Addendum may be prepared. The analysis in the report documents that an Addendum is the appropriate level of CEQA review for the proposed repeal.

The City Council will consider the analysis of the draft Addendum in its actions on the proposed repeal of the Ordinance, which has been scheduled for the regular meeting on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Public Draft Addendum 041315


Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 2014-006

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 2014-006 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to perform maintenance activities on the existing Brookhurst Street bridge that are intended to restore the integrity of its original design. Repair/rehabilitation would require the following maintenance measures: Remove and replace the concrete barrier and chain link railing on both sides of the bridge with corrosion-resistant materials such as stainless steel fence posts and epoxy coated reinforcing steel; Remove and replace existing asphalt concrete (AC) overlay to protect the bridge and channel from water leaks and to provide a durable driving surface; Remove unsound concrete and patch concrete at the bridge bents and columns. Unsound concrete and patch concrete work over or near the channel will require working platforms with fully enclosed protective covers. All existing utilities attached or adjacent to the bridge will be protected in-place.

The project site is the existing Brookhurst Street bridge, spanning approximately 163 linear feet over the Talbert Channel, a tidally influenced waterway connecting the Pacific Ocean with the Talbert and Brookhurst marshes. The bridge is a five-span pre-stressed voided slab bridge with six traffic lanes (three lanes in each direction) and a pedestrian sidewalk on both the north and south sides. Parts of the bridge have deteriorated due to normal wear from vehicular traffic and from tidal influx of the estuarine ecosystem setting during the last five decades. The property is not designated as a hazardous waste property on any of the lists of such sites pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the Government Code.

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for 30 days, commencing Thursday, March 5, 2015, and ending Monday, April 6, 2015. Written comments on the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration must be submitted to Hayden Beckman, Assistant Planner, City of Huntington Beach Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 6, 2015.

Draft MND No. 2014-006


General Plan Historic and Cultural Resources Element Update

The City of Huntington Beach has prepared Draft Negative Declaration (ND) No. 14-005 which analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed Huntington Beach General Plan Historic and Cultural Resources Element Update.  The Draft ND, Draft Historic and Cultural Resources Element, and Historic Context and Survey Report will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, November 6, 2014 and ending December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Any person wishing to comment on the request may provide written comments to Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 190, Huntington Beach, CA  92648 by December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  The Draft ND, Draft Historic and Cultural Resources Element, and Historic Context and Survey Report will be available for review at:

A public meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. in Rooms B-7 and B-8, lower level, City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.  Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Planning Commission tentatively for January 2015.  For further information, please contact Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner, at (714) 536-5624.

Draft Negative Declaration No. 14-005 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a request by the City to update the General Plan Historic and Cultural Resources Element (HCRE) adopted in 1996.  The HCRE is a policy document that guides the City's decisions regarding historic and cultural resources by identifying goals, objectives, policies, and implementation programs as well as providing technical information and outlining issues regarding the protection of the city's historic resources and provision of arts/cultural services.  The HCRE includes Table HCR-2 which lists 79 local landmarks comprised of 212 properties that were generated by the Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board and considered to be of significant importance to the local community.  The significance of a structure or a place is based upon its overall contribution to the community by its historical, cultural, social, or visual function(s).  The City initiated an update to the HCRE because the existing local landmarks list in Table HCR-2 needs updating.  Many of the properties listed in the local landmarks list have since been demolished or significantly altered while others are archaeological or not historic.  An updated landmarks list has been prepared as part of the new Historic Context and Survey Report (see Appendix B).  Only the historic resources component of the HCRE is proposed to be updated at this time.  The cultural resources component is not being revised.  The HCRE update does not propose or require any new land use, development projects, or physical changes and would not result in changes in zoning or allowable uses for any property.  The project site is not on any list enumerated under Government Code Section 65962.5 (Cortese list).

Notice of Availability- ND 14-005
MND 14-005
MND 14-005 Attachments
Draft Historic and Cultural Resources Element
Historic Context and Survey Report Final Draft
Appendix A (June 16 2014) - Maps of Survey Areas, 1986 Districts, and 2014 Districts
Appendix B (Landmarks) June 16 2014
Appendix C (June 16 2014) - Property List by Assessor's Parcel Number
Appendix D (June 16 2014) - Property List by Address
Appendix E (June 16 2014) - District Records
Appendix F (June 16 2014) - Inventory Forms
1991 Existing Landmarks List Status (June 16 2014)


Morning Jade Mixed Use Building

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) No. 14-004 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the partial demolition of two existing commercial buildings and construction of a new approximately 9,500 square feet three-story mixed use building on the subject site.  Because the two existing commercial buildings are listed as historical resources in the Historic and Cultural Resources Element of the City of Huntington Beach General Plan, the applicant is requesting to retain, rehabilitate, and relocate the storefront facades approximately six feet back from their existing locations at the front property line.  The new mixed use building will consist of retail on the first floor, offices on the second floor, and three residential dwelling units on the third floor.  A total of 24 parking spaces are required for all uses based on commercial square footage and bedroom count per residential unit; however only seven parking spaces are proposed onsite to serve the residential uses.  The applicant is proposing to pay parking in-lieu fees for the remaining 17 required spaces in conjunction with the project request.  Project construction is anticipated to last approximately nine months.

Project Location
122-124 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (east side of Main Street, between Pacific Coast Highway and Walnut Avenue)

The draft MND will be available for public review and comment for 20 days, commencing Thursday, November 6, 2014 and ending Wednesday, November 26, 2014.  Written comments on the draft MND must be submitted to Jill Arabe, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach Planning & Building Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014.  A copy of the draft MND is also available for review at the following locations:

Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach Planning Commission.  The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for December 9, 2014.  For further information, please contact Jill Arabe at 714-374-5357 or jarabe@surfcity-hb.org.

 

Main Street/ Ellis Avenue Intersection Improvement Project

A Draft Negative Declaration (ND) has been prepared for the Main Street/Ellis Avenue Intersection Improvement Project.  Draft Negative Declaration No. 14-003 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to modify and reconstruct the median island on Main Street and remove the traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and Ellis Avenue to prohibit left turns on Main Street to and from Ellis Avenue.  Construction of the project would take two to four weeks.  Construction activities would include extension/reconstruction of the median. The new medians would be between two to four feet wide (to match the existing) with no landscaping, and the estimated lengths would be approximately 30 to 35 feet wide for both segments.  A striped break in the median is proposed to maintain Ellis Avenue as an emergency access route.  The break would be approximately 40 feet wide or of a sufficient width to accommodate the needs of the Fire Department.  Other project improvements include traffic signal and related equipment removal, repair and/or replacement of damaged sidewalk, accessibility upgrades to curb ramps at the corners of the intersection and re-striping of the street lane configuration on Main Street and Ellis Avenue.  The project would not increase capacity of the streets.  The project would not remove access to any surrounding properties.  However, the way two adjacent properties (an existing Denny's restaurant and an existing gas station) could be accessed from Ellis Avenue and Main Street would be changed.   

The draft ND will be available for public review and comment for 20 days, commencing Thursday, June 26, 2014 and ending Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  Written comments on the draft ND must be submitted to Jennifer Villasenor, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach Planning & Building Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  A copy of the draft ND is on file at the following locations:

Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach Zoning Administrator.  The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for August 2014.  For further information, please contact Jennifer Villasenor at 714-374-1661/jvillasenor@surfcity-hb.org.

 

Airport Circle Residential Project
Draft Negative Declaration No. 14-001 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to amend the General Plan land use designation from Residential Medium Density - 15 du/acre (northern portion) and Commercial General - 0.35 Floor Area Ratio (southern portion) to Residential Medium High Density - 25 du/acre (RMH-25) and amend the zoning designation from Residential Medium Density (RM) to Residential Medium High Density (RMH) on an existing approximately 2.5-acre parcel. The proposed General Plan land use and zoning designations would allow a maximum density of 25 units per acre. The project applicant is proposing a one-lot subdivision for the development of 45 for-sale townhome units and associated open space and infrastructure. The proposed 45-unit project density would be 18 units per acre. Construction of the homes would be completed in one to three phases depending on market/sales conditions and last approximately 18 months.

Project Location
16911 Airport Circle, Huntington Beach CA, 92649 (west side of Airport Circle approximately 300 feet north of Warner Avenue)

The draft ND will be available for public review and comment for 20 days, commencing Thursday, May 8, 2014 and ending Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Written comments on the draft ND must be submitted to Jennifer Villasenor, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach Planning & Building Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 by 5:00 p.m, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. A copy of the draft ND is also available for review at the following locations:

  1. City website
  2. City of Huntington Beach Department of Community Development, 2000 Main Street, City Hall - 3rd Floor, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
  3. City of Huntington Beach City Clerk's Office, 2000 Main Street, City Hall - 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach
  4. Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach Planning Commission. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 2014. For further information, please contact Jennifer Villasenor at 714-374-1661/jvillasenor@surfcity-hb.org.

 

Surf City Nights

The Surf City Nights street festival has been operating every Tuesday night on Main Street since May, 2008. A request to permit Surf City Nights for an indefinite period of time and to expand onto a portion of 5th Street was submitted and further CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) analysis has been performed. A Focused Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared for the Project. 

The EIR will be available for a public review and comment period commencing Thursday, March 20, 2014 and ending Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  The EIR is available at the following locations:

1. City website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/Environmentalreports.cfm
2. Community Development Department, 3rd floor, Civic Center, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648;
3. City Clerk, 2nd floor, Civic Center, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648;
4. Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; and
5. Main Street Library, 525 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Any person wishing to comment on the request may provide written comments to Ethan Edwards, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 by Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Ethan Edwards can also be contacted by email at ethan.edwards@surfcity-hb.org or telephone (714) 536-5561.

Following the close of the public review period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Planning Commission. The public hearing will include the EIR in conjunction with Coastal Development Permit No. 12-001, Conditional Use Permit No. 12-026, and Noise Deviation Permit No. 13-009.

The project is located on Main Street between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue including portions (half-block) of Walnut Avenue and Olive Avenue (between 3rd Street and 5th Street) and on 5th Street between Pacific Coast Highway and Walnut. The project involves the closure of Main Street and 5th Street and associated side streets every Tuesday night between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM to allow for an outdoor street festival (Surf City Nights) between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM for an indefinite period of time. The festival will consist of approximately 65 street vendors and includes various activities such as sidewalk sales, farmer's market, live entertainment, food preparation and tasting, and children's activities (bounce house and train). A shuttle program will be provided via a remote parking lot located at 2000 Main Street (City Hall) with a free shuttle service to/from the festival to accommodate overflow parking year round. The project includes amplified music on Main Street. No amplified music is proposed for 5th Street; and no development is proposed.

Draft Environmental Impact Report

Final Focused Environmental Impact Report

 

 

Beach Blvd and Warner Ave Intersection Improvement Project

A Notice of Availability and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) have been prepared for The Beach Boulevard and Warner Avenue Intersection Improvement Project. The Notice of Availability and draft MND will be available for public review and comment commencing Thursday, April 18, 2013 and ending Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at:

1. Community Development Department, 3rd floor, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648;
2. City Clerk, 2nd floor, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648;
3. Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; and
4. City website at http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/Environmentalreports.cfm

The draft MND concludes that all environmental impacts from the project are less than significant or can be mitigated to a less than significant level. Any person wishing to comment on the request may provide written comments to Jennifer Villasenor, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 by Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Zoning Administrator. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 2013.

The project is located at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Warner Avenue, on the north side of Warner Avenue from Beach Boulevard to the alley between A Lane and B Lane, including portions of the adjacent commercial properties to the north at 16990 Beach Boulevard, 8021 Warner Avenue, and 8071 Warner Avenue. The project involves the construction of a westbound right turn lane on Warner Avenue at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and associated improvements including a new five-foot wide sidewalk along the west side of A Lane for a length of approximately 150 feet. In addition, the project's scope of work includes clearing and grubbing, the construction of asphalt concrete roadway, striping, curb, gutter, sidewalk, landscaping and relocation of existing signage on the adjacent gas station parcel, reconstruction of driveways on the adjacent gas station and liquor store properties, removal of a defunct drainage inlet, relocation of irrigation lines on the auto repair property, and utility and traffic signal adjustment and relocation, including a fire hydrant and one utility pole. Above- and below-ground utilities within the right-of-way and on private property will be protected in-place or relocated during project construction. The proposed project would require right-of-way acquisition from adjacent privately owned commercial properties to the north. The acquisition of right-of-way along Warner Avenue varies in width from nine to 14 feet. Acquisition on the west side of A Lane would be three feet. Overall, the total property acquisition per parcel is proposed as follows:

- 16990 Beach Boulevard; Gas Station (APN 107-011-067): 1,219 square feet
- 8021 Warner Avenue; Liquor Store (APN 107-100-068): 1,874 square feet
- 8071 Warner Avenue; Tire Store (APN 107-100-078): 786 square feet

Variances will be required to deviate from resulting development standards on the adjacent commercial properties that would be non-compliant as a result of the project's right-of-way acquisition. In addition, with Beach Boulevard being a state highway, the project will require review and approval by Caltrans.

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration


Warner Nichols

A Notice of Preparation of a Draft Focused Environmental Impact Report and an Initial Study have been prepared for General Plan Amendment No. 05-001, Zoning Map Amendment No. 05-001, and the demolition or removal of existing structures at a 4.4 gross acre site at 7622-7642 Warner Ave (southeast corner of Warner Ave. and Nichols St.). The Notice of Preparation and Initial Study will be available for public review and comment for 30 days commencing Thursday, September 1, 2011 and ending Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

The Initial Study analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal by Rainbow Environmental Services for a General Plan Amendment (GPA) to change the General Plan land use designation from RM-15 (Residential Medium Density - Max 15 dwelling units per acre) to CG-F1 (Commercial General - Maximum Floor Area Ratio of 0.35) on a 1.1 gross acre portion fronting on Warner Ave. and to I-F2-d (Industrial - Maximum Floor Area Ratio of 0.5 - Design Overlay) on a 3.3 gross acre portion fronting on Nichols Street. To be consistent with the General Plan, a Zoning Map Amendment (ZMA) to change the zoning designation from RM (Residential Medium Density) to CG (Commercial General) on the 1.1 gross acre portion and to IG (General Industrial) on the 3.3 gross acre portion is also proposed. The project includes the demolition or removal of existing structures on the subject site that have been identified in the Huntington Beach General Plan as having historical significance as local landmarks. No new development is proposed.

The Initial Study concludes that a Focused Environmental Impact Report addressing historic resource and land use/planning impacts is necessary. Any person wishing to comment on the request may provide written comments to Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 190, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 or RRamos@surfcity-hb.org by September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

The EIR will be available for review and comment for 45 days commencing Thursday, October 4, 2012 and ending Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance

The project involves the adoption of a proposed ordinance (Ordinance) by the City of Huntington Beach City Council that would prohibit distribution of plastic carry-out bags in commercial point of sale purchases within the City of Huntington Beach, and establish a ten (10) cent charge on the issuance of recyclable paper carry-out bags at all grocery stores and supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, foodmarts and Huntington Beach farmer's markets. All stores affected by the proposed ordinance would be required to provide reusable bags to customers either for sale or at no charge, and each store would be strongly encouraged to promote the use of reusable bags through staff education and customer outreach.

The Ordinance would also prohibit the distribution of compostable and biodegradable plastic carry-out bags, as they are included in the definition of a plastic carry-out bag. The Ordinance requires that the paper bags be one hundred percent (100%) recyclable overall, contain a minimum of forty percent (40%) post-consumer recycled material, and be accepted for recycling in curbside programs within the City, among other criteria. The Ordinance further requires that reusable bags be specifically designed and manufactured for a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, be machine washable or made from a material that can be cleaned or disinfected, does not contain lead, cadmium, or other heavy element in toxic amounts, among other criteria. Plastic bags that are a minimum of 2.25 mils thick are considered to be reusable bags per the definition in the Ordinance.

The Ordinance would exempt from the ten (10) cent charge those customers who are participating in either the California Special Supplemental Food Program for the Women, Infants, and Children or the Supplemental Food Program. All applicable stores must provide at the point of sale, free of charge, either reusable bags or recyclable paper carry-out bags or both, to these customers, at the store’s option. Customers will have the option to use their own reusable bags, or no bag at all.

 


Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue Intersection Improvements Project

A Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report has been prepared for the Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue Intersection Improvements Project. The Notice of Availability and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be available for public review and comment for 45 days commencing Friday, July 12, 2013 and ending Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

The Draft EIR analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal by the City of Huntington Beach to widen the Brookhurst Street/Adams Avenue intersection in all directions. The proposed project would add travel lanes on both roadways. The following new travel lanes are proposed: two additional northbound right-turn lanes (Brookhurst Street); one additional southbound right-turn lane (Brookhurst Street); one additional eastbound through lane (Adams Avenue); and one additional westbound through lane (Adams Avenue). In addition, the project improvements are required to improve intersection level of service per the analysis in the recently updated General Plan Circulation Element.

An initial catalyst for the project was the requirements of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in 2006, between the Ciities of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, and Huntington Beach and the Orange County Transportation Authority. The MOU establishes a multi-jurisdictional approach to alleviating traffic congestion along the Garfield Avenue and Gisler Avenue corridors and identifies numerous improvements within the area to be implemented by the MOU cities in lieu of constructing the Garfield-Gisler Bridge Crossing. As specified in the MOU, the widening of the Brookhurst Street and Adams Avenue intersection is one of the improvements.

The proposed intersection widening would require right-of-way (ROW) acquisition on all four legs of the intersection on both sides of each street. The proposed project would require approximately 31,230 square feet of ROW acquisition, predominantly from commercial properties but with one partial residential land acquisition (approximately 143 square feet). The limits of construction on Brookhurst Street will be approximately 1,000 feet north of Adams Avenue and 800 feet to the south. The limits of construction along Adams Avenue will be approximately 1,300 feet to the west of Brookhurst Street and 1,200 feet to the east.

This proposed street improvement and intersection project would occur in a single phase, with construction activity taking place on all four quadrants of the intersection concurrently.

Any person wishing to comment on the Draft EIR may provide written comments to Mary Beth Broeren, Planning Manager, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, P.O. Box 190, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 or mbroeren@surfcity-hb.org by Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

A public comment meeting to take comments on the Draft EIR is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Talbert Room of the Central Library located at 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach.

Notice of Availability

Draft EIR
Section 00 Table of Contents
Section 01 Introduction
Section 02 Executive Summary
Section 03 Project Description
Section 04 Cumulative
Section 05 Environmental Analysis
Section 05-1 Land Use
Section 05-2 Traffic
Section 05-3 Air Quality
Section 05-4 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Section 05-5 Noise
Section 05-6 Hazards
Section 06 Long Term Implications
Section 07 Alternatives
Section 08 Inventory Mitigation Measures
Section 09 Significance After Mitigation
Section 10 Effects Found Not To Be Significant
Section 11 Persons Consulted
Section 12 Bibliography

Technical Appendices
Appendix 13-0 Table of Contents
Appendix 13-1 IS NOP
Appendix 13-3 Traffic Analysis
Appendix 13-4 Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Data
Appendix 13-5 Noise Data
Appendix 13-6 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Appendix 13-7 Project Report

Notice of Preparation/Initial Study

The City released the NOP/IS on January 31, 2013. There was a typographical error in one address in the document that has been corrected as of February 5, 2013. The file above is the corrected document. The corrections affected three pages: Page 3, 4, and 11.

 

Atlanta Avenue Widening Project

The Draft Recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) No. 09-001 will be available for public review and comment commencing Thursday, December 20, 2012 and ending Friday, January 25, 2013. Any person wishing to comment on the draft Recirculated MND may do so in writingby January 25, 2013 at 5 p.m. by providing written comments to Jennifer Villasenor, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

Draft Recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 09-001 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal by the City of Huntington Beach to widen the south side of Atlanta Avenue, between Huntington Street and Delaware Street, to comply with the primary arterial street classification in the General Plan Circulation Element. The proposed street improvements will provide an additional through lane and bike lane in each direction of travel. In addition, the project's scope of work includes clearing and grubbing, the construction of asphalt concrete roadway, striping, curb, gutter, sidewalk, an 8-foot tall concrete block wall atop a variable height (7 ft. max.) retaining wall, landscaping (including the removal or relocation of 25 trees within the existing mobile home park), reconstruction of a 24 ft. wide drive aisle (circulation road) and two emergency access gates within the mobile home park, deconstruction and removal of eight mobile homes and utility and fire hydrant adjustment and relocation.

A Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) was adopted by the City of Huntington Beach City Council in January 2011. Subsequent to adoption of the MND in 2011, a lawsuit was filed challenging the City's approval of the MND. As a result of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit, the Court required the City to set-aside approval of the 2011 MND and conduct additional environmental analysis, which is reflected in the Draft Recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration.


Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Huntington Beach City Council. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 2013. A copy of Draft MND will also be available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk's Office, 2000 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach, California.

Notice of Availability

Draft Recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration


Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor, Senior Planner

 

Warner Avenue Bridge Preventive Maintenance Project

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 12-006 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to perform maintenance activities on the existing Warner Avenue Bridge that are intended to restore the integrity of its original design. The Warner Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1981. It is a three-span pre-stressed voided slab bridge with four traffic lanes and a pedestrian sidewalk along the north side. Parts of the bridge have deteriorated due to normal wear from vehicular traffic and from tidal flux of the estuarine ecosystem setting during the last three decades. The bridge concrete barriers are cracked and spalled (pieces of concrete have broken off) with exposed internal reinforcing that has noticeably corroded. The bridge columns and bent caps (tops of the bridge supports) have unsound concrete. The asphalt-concrete (AC) overlay on the bridge deck is also cracked. Rock slope protection is missing from the channel embankments near the bridge abutments, resulting in the erosion of the embankment and weakening of the bridge substructure.

The project site is the existing Warner Avenue bridge, spanning approximately 110 linear feet over the Bolsa Chica Channel, which connects the waters of Huntington Harbour with Upper Bolsa Bay. The project rehabilitation area includes support structures beneath the roadway surface and rockslope protection extending into the Bolsa Chica Channel beneath the bridge. The property is not designated as a hazardous waste property on any of the lists of such sites pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the Government Code.

It should also be noted that existing gravity sewer infrastructure within the Warner Avenue right-of-way will be undergoing a rehabilitation which includes demolition and new construction as part of the City's Warner Avenue Sewer Lift Station Project. Portions of the gravity sewer infrastructure are connected to the Warner Bridge. Improvements associated with the proposed Warner Bridge project will be constructed in coordination with this separate gravity sewer rehabilitation project. The two projects may have coinciding construction schedules but will be subject to separate environmental and Coastal Commission review and approvals.

The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, September 6, 2012, and ending Monday, October 8, 2012.


Mitigated Negative Declaration

Wardlow Residential Subdivision

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-12 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to subdivide the 8.35-acre former Wardlow School site to accommodate 49 lots for new detached single-family homes. All existing school buildings and site improvements are proposed to be demolished with the project. The project is proposed as a Planned Unit Development (PUD) utilizing varying lot sizes at approximately 4,250 sq. ft. (50 feet wide by 85 feet deep). The project is adjacent to the City's Wardlow Park. The project is proposing to dedicate 0.82 acres of land and construct a new landscaped parking lot with up to 80 onsite spaces, which will be incorporated into the adjacent Wardlow Park. The project includes water quality and storm drain improvements, including construction of 1,905 feet of storm drain, replacement of the existing snack bar and fencing, and lighting improvements.

The project requests a General Plan Amendment to change the existing General Plan designation of Public (Residential Low Density) (P(RL)) to Residential Low Density (RL-7). This project also proposes a Zoning Map Amendment to change the existing zoning of Public-Semipublic (PS) to Residential Low Density (RL). The project is located at 9191 Pioneer Drive, 92646 (north side of Pioneer Drive, east of Magnolia Avenue).

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will be available for public review and comment for twenty (20) days commencing Thursday, August 23, 2012 and ending Wednesday, September, 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Any person wishing to comment on the Draft MND may do so in writing within 20 days by providing written comments to Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. A copy of the Draft MND is on file with the Planning & Building Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk's Office, and on the Community Development Department website.

Project Planner: Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner
Mitigated Negative Declaration

 

Lamb Residential Subdivision

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-13 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal to subdivide the 11.65-acre former Lamb School site to accommodate 81 lots for new detached single-family homes. All existing school buildings and site improvements are proposed to be demolished with the project. The project is proposed as a Planned Unit Development (PUD) utilizing varying lot sizes at approximately 3,600 sq. ft. (45 feet wide by 80 feet deep). The project is adjacent to the City's 2.6-acre park site and proposes improvements including a practice field, tot lot, lighting, picnic area and parking. The project proposes to provide crosswalk access from the neighborhoods on the south side Yorktown Avenue to the 2.6-acre park that is adjacent to the project site and includes striping improvements on Yorktown for vehicle ingress/egress to the site. The project includes water quality and stormdrain improvements including construction of approximately 2,080 linear feet of storm drain.

The project requests a General Plan Amendment to change the existing General Plan designation of Public (Residential Low Density) (P(RL)) to Residential Low Density (RL-7). This project also proposes a Zoning Map Amendment to change the existing zoning of Public-Semipublic (PS) to Residential Low Density (RL). The project is located at 10251 Yorktown Avenue, 92646 (northside of Yorktown Avenue, east of Brookhurst Street).

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will be available for public review and comment for twenty (20) days commencing Thursday, August 23, 2012 and ending Wednesday, September, 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Any person wishing to comment on the Draft MND may do so in writing within 20 days by providing written comments to Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. A copy of the Draft MND is on file with the Planning & Building Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. A copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk's Office, and on the Community Development Department website.

Project Planner: Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner
Mitigated Negative Declaration

 

Circulation Element Update

The City of Huntington Beach is proposing to adopt and implement the General Plan Circulation Element Update. The purpose of the Circulation Element Update is to evaluate the long-term transportation needs of the city and present a comprehensive plan to accommodate those needs. The proposed Circulation Element covers various circulation issues such as regional mobility; roadway circulation; neighborhood traffic management; public transportation; transportation demand management; parking; pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian paths; waterway facilities; and scenic corridors. The entire Circulation Element is being updated including goals, policies, and objectives pertaining to the issues above and Level of Service standards. The citywide traffic model was also updated. The traffic model identifies year 2030 projected average daily traffic volumes on the City's Arterial Highway Plan including nineteen intersections that will require long-term improvements to accommodate projected traffic volumes. Several roadway segments are proposed for classification change and changes are proposed to the Master Plan of Arterial Highways.

The Initial Study concludes than an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is necessary. The Notice of Preparation, Initial Study, and Draft Circulation Element will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, July 30, 2009 and ending Friday, August 28, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Circulation Element Update is available for public review and comment for 45 days commencing Thursday, August 2, 2012 and ending Monday, September 17, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Project Planner: Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner

 

Warner Avenue Sewer Lift Station Project

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 12-002 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal consisting of the following: demolition of existing Lift Stations #B and #C, former Lift Station #D, and existing Sunset Beach Sanitary District Lift Station as well as a total of twelve sanitary manholes located within the Warner Avenue and PCH public street rights-of-way; construction of new gravity sewers from the existing Sunset Beach Sanitary District Lift Station and existing Lift Stations #B and #C to a new Lift Station #C; a new 12-inch forcemain from new Lift Station #C across the Warner Avenue Bridge to Weatherly Lane; and a new 15-inch gravity sewer from the new 12-inch forcemain terminus near Weatherly Lane to Edgewater Avenue, connecting to an existing 18-inch sewer which was salvaged from a prior improvement project. The proposed project has been designed to serve existing demand with no net increase in overall sewer capacity. As such, the new sewer facilities will replace existing facilities only. The proposed location for the new Lift Station #C is in the planter area in front of the City-owned yacht club parking lot, on the north side of Warner Avenue, west of the Warner Avenue Fire Station. Although former Lift Station #D will be eliminated, existing Lift Station #D will be retained.

The submersible Lift Station #C will incorporate a 12-foot by 30-foot by 22-foot deep wet well, two submersible pumps capable of pumping peak wet weather influent flow (i.e., 1,200 gallons per minute) installed in the wet well, a 15-foot by 10- foot by 8-foot deep valve vault, a 60 kW natural gas outdoor emergency generator, a 125 gallon natural gas and liquid propane gas (LPG) emergency backup tank, and outdoor electrical service and motor control center. All electrical equipment will be located in an outdoor enclosure. Lift Station #C will also include two 18-foot-high, 100-watt pole-mounted yard lights.

It should also be noted that the Warner Avenue Bridge will be undergoing structural rehabilitation as part of the City's Huntington Beach Bridge Rehabilitation at Warner Avenue Project. Improvements associated with the proposed project will be constructed in coordination with this separate bridge rehabilitation project. The two projects may have coinciding construction schedules but will be subject to separate environmental and Coastal Commission review and approvals.

The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, July 19, 2012, and ending Monday, August 20, 2012.

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 12-002

 

Harmony Cove Marina Development

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) No. 12-004 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the request to amend the City's Zoning Map on the project site to allow the development of a 23-boat slip marina, an eating and drinking establishment with outdoor dining area and alcoholic beverage sales, and ancillary uses to the marina (a marina office and retail/rental of water-related recreational equipment). The project site is located at 3901 Warner Avenue (north side of Warner Avenue, west of Weatherly Lane). The site is 2.28 acres, 0.97 acre of which is terra firma and 1.31 acres which is submerged. The majority of the project site (1.91-acres) is owned by the property owner, BayviewHB LLC, and the remainder (0.37-acre) is owned by the California State Lands Commission.

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Harmony Cove Marina Development will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, May 10, 2012 and ending Friday, June 8, 2012. Any person wishing to comment on the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration may do so in writing within thirty (30) days of this notice by providing written comments to Tess Nguyen, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. A copy of the Draft MND is on file with the Community Development Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. A copy of the Draft MND is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk's Office, and on the Community Development Department website.

Notice of Availability
Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration
Attachment No. 1
Attachment No. 2
Attachment No. 3
Attachment No. 4
Attachment No. 5
Attachment No. 6
Attachment No. 7

 

Project Planner: Tess Nguyen, Associate Planner

 

 

Skate Park Project

Applicant: VF Outdoor, Inc.
Summary: VF Outdoor, Inc. proposes to lease a vacant property from the City to design, develop, maintain, and operate a public skate park. The proposed project includes a 14,000 sq. ft. skate plaza area, a 13,000 sq. ft. skate bowl area, a 3,500 sq. ft. skate shop/concession/restroom building, a 15,000 sq. ft. turf/walking area, a 480 sq. ft. restroom structure, and a 200 sq. ft. entrance kiosk. The main parking lot is accessed from Center Avenue and a secondary parking area, which is used only for special events, is accessed from McFadden Avenue. The project includes a General Plan Amendment, Zoning Text Amendment, Site Plan Review, and Variance to deviate from the parking standard requirements.
Location: A 2.718-acre site on Center Avenue, approximately 500 ft. east of Gothard Street.
Status: Environmental Review underway
Next Steps: pending

 

 

Garguis Mixed Use Project

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 09-003 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction of a three-story, 35-foot tall, approximately 8,972 square foot mixed-use, visitor-serving commercial/residential development on an 11,525 square foot lot. The project includes approximately 2,399 square feet of ground floor commercial retail space and four residential units totaling 6,349 square feet located on the second and third floors. The project site is located at 110 9th Street (northeast corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 9th Street).

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days beginning Thursday, May 26, 2011, and ending Friday, June 24, 2011.
Any person wishing to comment on the request may do so in writing within thirty (30) days of this notice by providing written comments to Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

Attachment No. 1

Attachment No. 2

Attachment No. 3

Project Planner, Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner, (714) 374-1547

 


Magnolia Oil Storage Tank and Transfer Facility Demolition and Removal

Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) No. 10-07 will review the potential environmental impacts associated with the demolition and removal of three empty above ground crude oil storage tanks, approximately 2,342 linear feet of above-ground transfer piping, and ancillary site improvements at a former oil storage and pumping facility located at 21845 Magnolia Street (northwest of Banning Avenue and Magnolia Street intersection). The 30-day public review period for the MND will begin on Thursday, December 2, 2010 and ends on Monday, January 3, 2011. Public comments shall be addressed to Hayden Beckman, Planning Aide, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648. Demolition and removal of the existing structures is anticipated to take two to three weeks total.

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

Attachment 5.2

Attachment 5.3

Project Planner: Hayden Beckman, Planning Aide

 

 

Sunset Beach Annexation

Draft Negative Declaration (ND) No. 10-005 analyzing the potential environmental impacts associated with the project will be available for public review and comment for 30 days commencing Thursday, August 12, 2010 and ending Friday, September 10, 2010. Any person wishing to comment on the draft ND may do so in writing within 30 days by providing written comments to Mary Beth Broeren, Planning Manager, City of Huntington Beach, Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. A copy of the Draft ND is on file with the Planning & Building Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California. A copy of the Draft ND is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk's Office, and on the Community Development Department website.

Notice of Availability

Draft Negative Declaration

Attachment #2 to Draft ND-- Draft Specific Plan

Attachment #3 to Draft ND -- Draft General Plan and Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan amendments

Project Planner: Mary Beth Broeren, Planning Manager

 

 

Huntington Beach Municipal Solar Project

The 30-day comment period for the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the City's solar project opens Thursday, July 22, 2010 and closes Monday, August 23, 2010. Draft MND No. 2010-006 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the installation of photovoltaic panels on new carports and existing rooftops, and associated accessory equipment at eight municipal facilities within the City of Huntington Beach.

Site Type Location
City Hall and Police Building/Corporate Yard Rooftop & Parking Lot (Carports) 2000 Main Street
Central Library Parking Lot (Carports) 7111 Talbert Ave
Sports Complex Parking Lot (Carports) 18120 Goldenwest St
City Yard Rooftop & Parking Lot (Carports) 17371 Gothard St
City Reservoir Rooftop 14627 Springdale St
City Reservoir Rooftop 6401 Overlook Dr
City Water Yard Rooftop & Parking Lot (Carports) 19001 Huntington St
Murdy Community Center Parking Lot (Carports) 7000 Norma Dr


The purpose of the project is to harness available solar resources by constructing a cost effective photovoltaic energy production system at eight City facilities that will result in long term utility cost savings, reduced fossil fuel energy consumption and carbon emissions, and exemplify the benefits of renewable energy generation. A copy of Draft MND is also available for review at the Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, the City Clerk's Office, 2000 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Huntington Beach, California

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 2010-006

Project Planner: Hayden Beckman, Planning Aide

 

 

The Ridge

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-016 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a request by Hearthside Homes to amend the land use and zoning designations on an existing approximately 5-acre parcel. Hearthside Homes is seeking subdivision and development of a 22-unit single-family planned unit development (PUD) with a 5,776 square foot common open space area. The 22 residential lots will range in size from 5,114 square feet to 12,250 square feet. The proposed 4 and 5 bedroom dwellings range in size from 2,700 - 4,200 square feet, and are two-stories with a two- or three-car garage. The site is proposed to take access from a single point of ingress/egress along Bolsa Chica Street. The project is proposing construction of infrastructure improvements including street, curbs, sidewalks, and storm drain facilities.

The Recirculated Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, March 4, 2010, ending Friday, April 2, 2010. Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the city of Huntington Beach Planning Commission. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 2010.

Recirculated Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration                                                                                              Notice of Availability                                                                                                                                                    Draft Recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration Part 1                                                                                     Draft Recirculated Mitigated Negative Declaration Part 2                                                                        Attachments

 

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

Notice of Availability                                                                                                                                                    Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration Part 1                                                                                                        Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration Part 2                                                                                                      Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration Part 3

Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner

 

 

Goldenwest Assisted Living Facility

A Draft Negative Declaration (No. 09-01) has been prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with a request to construct an approximately 116,670 sq. ft. convalescent facility with 144-beds within 124 rooms on an approximately 3.38 acre site located at 17200 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach (east side of Goldenwest, between Warner Avenue and Betty Drive). The project applicant is proposing to amend the existing General Plan floor area ratio (FAR) designation from 0.35 maximum FAR (F1) to 1.0 maximum FAR (F3) to be consistent with the Zoning FAR of 1.0 and to allow for the proposed floor area.

The site is approximately 3.38 acres in size and currently not utilized (formerly the Patti's Preschool & Kindergarten location). Vehicular access to the site is provided via two drive approaches off of Goldenwest Street. The proposed convalescent facility includes senior assisted living and Alzheimer's/memory care components with residential living spaces including 13 studio units, 85 one-bedroom units, and 23 two-bedroom units; communal dining and kitchen areas; social activity rooms; housekeeping areas; courtyard and garden; and, ancillary offices. Approximately 70 people will be employed within the facility and a maximum of 36 employees per shift at peak times at the facility. The maximum proposed height is 38'-11” and three-stories but tapers down to a maximum of 10'-6” within 45 ft. of the southerly property line, adjacent to residential uses.

The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, December 17, 2009 and ending Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the City of Huntington Beach Planning Commission. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 26, 2010.

Notice of Availability

Environmental Assessment

 

Project Planner: Ethan Edwards, AICP, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5561

 

 

Ward Garfield Specific Plan No. 16:

Draft Negative Declaration No. 09-006- in conjunction with General Plan Amendment No. 09-002, Zoning Map Amendment No. 09-002, Zoning Text Amendment No. 09-007, and Conditional Use Permit No. 09-024 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal, by Michael C. Adams Associates to establish a new specific plan. The Ward Garfield Specific Plan No. 16 development concept provides for a recreational vehicle storage facility within a portion of the SCE right-of-way that parallels the Santa Ana River Channel on the eastern boundary of the City. The property is located at the southeast corner of Garfield Avenue and Ward Street (generally bounded by Ward Street, Garfield Avenue, Santa Ana River Channel, Arevalos Park and Mariner's Pointe Mobilehome Park). The development concept also recognizes the existing Village Nurseries, electrical substation and utilities, and wireless communication facilities.

The applicant requests a General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, Zoning Text Amendment, and Conditional Use Permit to adopt a new specific plan allowing for the establishment of an Recreational Vehicle (RV) Storage facility on approximately 13.52 acres at the south end of the project site. The proposed project will also require submittal of a tentative and final parcel map to establish lease lines at the subject property. It is not necessary to process the subdivision at this time, but it will be required prior to issuance of a grading permit. The proposed RV storage lot will consist of 557± RV parking spaces, a 480 sq. ft. modular rental office with restroom, and associated perimeter fencing and lighting. There will be a dump station for grey and black water, and a trash enclosure inside the facility. Existing transmission towers and electrical lines will continue to exist throughout the RV parking facility.

The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty days (30) commencing Thursday, December 17, 2009 and ending January 22, 2010. Subsequent to the comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the City of Huntington Beach Planning Commission. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 9, 2010.

Legal Description

Environmental Assessment

Project Planner: Jane James, Senior Planner, (714) 536-5596

 


Goodell Property Annexation and Pre-Zoning

A Recirculated Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared for the Goodell Property pre-zoning and annexation project. Recirculated Draft MND No. 08-017 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated the pre-zoning and annexation of approximately 6.2 acres of property located at the terminus of Bolsa Chica Street, south of Los Patos Avenue, in an unincorporated area of Orange County on the upper bench of the Bolsa Chica Mesa, adjacent to the City of Huntington Beach. Recirculation is required because new information has been obtained, which necessitated revisions to the document. New mitigation measures in the topical areas of biological resources and cultural resources were incorporated.

Prior to submittal of an annexation application to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the City must establish zoning for the property and adopt the annexation by resolution. Pre-zoning of the subject site includes a Zoning Map Amendment to establish zoning designations of approximately 3.2 acres of Residential Low Density (RL), 2.0 acres of Open Space - Parks & Recreation (OS-PR) and 1.0 acre of Coastal Conservation (CC) for the 6.2 acre site. The entire site will also have a CZ (Coastal Zone) Overlay designation. No development is proposed for the site.


The Recirculated Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Monday, July 27, 2009 and ending Tuesday, August 25, 2009. A copy of the Recirculated Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is on file with the Planning Department, City of Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California.

Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 374-1661

 

Former Gun Range

The approximately 4.91 acre site is located within Huntington Central Park, surrounded by Talbert Avenue to the north, Ellis Avenue to the south, Gothard Street to the east, and Goldenwest Street to the west. The project proposes the remediation of hazardous materials contamination associated with the site's historical use as a gun range facility. Following remediation, the project site would be developed as an open space/park element, as part of Huntington Central Park. On-site improvements may consist of facilities typical of open space/park uses, such as a children's playground/park area, dog park, basketball courts, tennis courts, snack bar/restaurant, picnic area, and associated parking areas, restrooms, irrigation, lighting, and various utilities. Potential future improvements could also include higher intensity uses such as a commercial recreational facility (e.g., skate park, BMX area, or paintball area), or incidental City park maintenance/operations facilities.

The 30-day comment period for the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the former Gun Range opens on Thursday, April 30 and ends on Monday, June 1.

Notice of Action, EIR, and Appendices

Project Planner: Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner, (714) 536-5624

 

 

Edison Park Master Plan

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 08-001 (Edison Park Master Plan), in conjunction with Conditional Use Permit No. 2008-04, analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal by the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department to establish a park Master Plan to reconfigure existing open space areas, construct additional recreational amenities including bocce ball courts and a skate park, reconfigure an existing 132 space parking lot along Magnolia Street and provide 124 additional parking spaces, construct a new 120 space parking facility along Hamilton Avenue, install nine fitness/wellness exercise stations, install new landscape and hardscape improvements including fencing around the existing fire station and walking paths, and install four lighted practice soccer fields and a lighted multi-purpose field.  The master plan is proposed to be carried out in four phases of construction over eight years.  

The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, April 23, 2009 and ending Friday, May 22, 2009.

Project Planner: Rami Talleh, Senior Planner, (714) 374-1682

 

 

Hoag Hospital

Draft Negative Declaration No. 08-005 in conjunction with Conditional Use Permit No. 2008-015 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a proposal, by Rick Wood, WBSA, to construct an approximately 46,895 sq. ft. addition to an existing 52,177 sq. ft. medical office building, a 4-level 464 space parking structure, reconfiguration of the existing main driveway, closure of an existing drive approach on Beach Boulevard, and construction of a new drive approach on Beach Boulevard. The 46,895 sq. ft addition is proposed to be located adjacent to the existing building along the northerly property line. The addition is proposed at a height of 45'-6” and three-stories to match the height and number of stories of the existing building. The parking structure is proposed to be located at the rear of the site along the easterly property line. The structure consists of four levels and houses 464 parking stalls. The height of parking structure will be 45'-4”.


The project will be constructed in three phases. During phase 1, which last approximately 9 months, approximately 174 parking spaces would be removed from the east portion of the site and a 464-space parking structure will be constructed. During phase 2, which will last approximately 12, modifications to the parking area south of the existing medical office building would be completed. Phase 3, which will last approximately 2 months, consists of the construction of the proposed medical office building. A total of 181 parking spaces will remain available during phase 1 construction. During phase 1 and 2 construction, 100 parking spaces will be provided on the adjacent commercial shopping center site to provide a total of 181 parking spaces to meet the existing medical office's parking demand.


The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, February 26, 2009, and ending on Friday, March 27, 2009.

Project Planner, Rami Talleh, Senior Planner, (714) 374-1682

 

 

Brethren Christian School Gymnasium

The proposed project involves the construction of recreational facilities and associated improvements at an existing private junior high and high school site. The components of the project include the construction of a 27,000 sq. ft. gymnasium, enhancements to existing landscape areas, displacement of 87 parking spaces for the construction of the gymnasium, construction of three new parking areas totaling 92 parking spaces, resurfacing existing parking lot areas, and expansion of the existing sport program to include evening football and basketball matches.

Project Planner, Rami Talleh, Senior Planner, (714) 374-1682

 

Arco Service Station

The proposed project involves the demolition of an existing service station containing four self-service fuel dispensers, including removal of underground storage tanks and soil remediation as necessary, and construction of a new service station with a 2,400 sq. ft. convenience food market including the sale of beer and wine with an attached 960 sq. ft. automated car wash. The project site is located at 21452 Brookhurst Street (northeast corner of Brookhurst Street and Hamilton Avenue). The Draft Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for thirty (30) days commencing Thursday, January 8, 2009 and ending Friday, February 6, 2009.

Project Planner: Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner, (714) 374-1547

 

 

Rainbow Environmental Services Transfer Station

Rainbow Environmental Services is proposing to expand their existing transfer station and material recovery facility (MRF) to include approximately 193,150 square feet of new building area including two transfer stations, a secondary recycling building, office, and enclosure of existing MRF canopy. Rainbow's capacity is proposed to increase from the current 2,800 tons per day (TPD) to 4,000 TPD in a manner that would allow ongoing operations during construction. The acquisition of additional land would not be required. All improvements would occur within the existing facility boundary, and no off-site improvements would be required. The expanded facility would comply with stringent new regulations from South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Integrated Waste Management Board through the use of state-of-the-art systems to control dust and odors, and monitor air quality. In addition, several functions that currently occur outdoors will be improved and enclosed, reducing noise and odor. The Rainbow Environmental Services facility is located at 17121 Nichols Street.

Project Planner: Ricky Ramos, Senior Planner, (714) 536-5624

 

 

CVS Pharmacy

Summary: The proposed project consists of construction of a 12,900 square-foot CVS Pharmacy, 63 parking spaces, and associated site improvements on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Goldenwest Street and McFadden Avenue. The vacant site has been used as a pumpkin patch and a Christmas tree lot. The approximate height of the proposed one-story building is 28 feet. The proposal includes drive-thru service in conjunction with the pharmacy use. The CVS Pharmacy, including the drive-thru, is proposed to be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Access to the site is proposed via a two-way driveway along Goldenwest Street and a two-way driveway along McFadden Avenue. The project includes a General Plan Amendment and Zoning Map Amendment to allow commercial uses at the proposed project site. Construction of the proposed project is expected to last approximately seven months.

Project Planner: Tess Nguyen, Associate Planner (714) 374-1744

 

 

601 8th Street/806 Acacia Street

Demolition of two existing single family dwellings and an accessory structure located in the Wesley Park Section, a potentially historic district identified in the Historic and Cultural Resources Element of the City of Huntington Beach General Plan. The 20-day public review and comment period begins August 21st, and ends Tuesday, September 9th.

Project Planner: Hayden Beckman, Planning Aide, 714 374-5317

 

 

Pacific View Mixed Use

Located at the Northeast Corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 7th Street, the project proposes to construct a four-story, 35 foot tall, 12,922 square foot mixed-use, visitor-serving/residential development. The proposed uses within the project would include 4,082 sq. ft. of commerical space on the ground floor and seven residential units consisting of 4,472 sq. ft. on the second floor and 4,367 sq. ft. on the third floor. The project includes a request for a variance to allow a fourth floor in lieu of the maximum allowed number of three floors for purposes of providing common open space within a roof top deck.

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Project Planner: Rami Talleh, Senior Planner, 714 374-1682

 

 

Huntington Harbour Bulkhead Repair

Tetra Tech, Inc. is currently working with 30 homeowners in Huntington Harbour to repair bulkheads. The proposed project area includes homes on Davenport Island, Trinidad Island, Gilbert Island, Humboldt Island, Edgewater Lane and Morning Star Drive. The purpose of the project is to restore the foundation of the bulkhead and provide toe protection to inhibit any future scouring or erosion, which may jeopardize the bulkhead's structural integrity. The bulkheads in Huntington Harbour are made of reinforced cast-in-place concrete and untreated timber piles supporting the footings. Due to the time span of design and construction, there are slight differences in bulkhead design among the properties. Some sections of the bulkhead have a cutoff wall below the bulkhead and some do not have a cutoff wall. Over the years, erosion due to localized tidal currents, recreational boat use and periodic maintenance dredging activities in the area have undermined the bulkhead, damaged the support piles and threatened the overall structural integrity. Properties located on the main channel show the greatest erosion levels.
The repair project would consist of three phases: pile repair, placement of sheet piles and installation of slope protection, although not all phases would apply to all properties. All three phases will be staggered and performed concurrently at certain stages to minimize total project duration. The total duration of the project is estimated to take 120 working days.

 


Talbert Lake Diversion Project

Summary: The Talbert Lake Diversion Project is a Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board-approved Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) involving the construction of a natural treatment system in the northeastern corner of Central Park in Huntington Beach, on the eastern side of Goldenwest Street. The proposed project would divert up to 3 million gallons per day (mgd) of dry weather flows from the East Garden Grove Wintersburg Channel (EGGWC) into a newly constructed treatment wetlands system for water quality improvement purposes. Project components include the construction of a diversion structure such as a rubber dam within the EGGWC to divert dry weather flows either into an existing water line in Goldenwest Street, or the existing storm drain system within Gothard Street, for transport to the newly constructed treatment wetlands within Central Park.

Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 374-1661

 


My First Montessori Preschool

Summary: Establish a new daycare/preschool facility in an existing 45,400 square foot building shared with Pep Boys at the Southeast corner of Brookhurst Street and Garfield Avenue. The day care would occupy 22,285 square feet.

Project Planner: Andrew Gonzales, Associate Planner, (714) 374-1547







Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.


Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Planning Division
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5271
Fax: (714) 374-1648
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