Downtown Specific Plan Update

map of downtown specific plan

Certified by the California Coastal Commission on October 6, 2011


The Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) encompasses a 336-acre area that extends from the intersection of Goldenwest Street and Pacific Coast Highway and curves along the coastline, including the Huntington Beach Pier, down to Beach Boulevard. The eastern boundary of the Specific Plan Area follows Pacific View Avenue from Beach Boulevard to 1st Street where the boundary curves around the traditional downtown up to Palm Avenue and down along 6th Street. From 6th Street to Goldenwest Street, parcels located within the first block adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway are included in the Specific Plan Area. No change to the existing Specific Plan boundary is proposed.

The DTSP Update proposes to reconfigure 11 existing districts into seven new districts with the intent to encourage and facilitate development opportunities within the DTSP area by revising development standards including increases in allowable densities, floor area ratios and building heights for certain districts. The DTSP Update is also proposing to amend the Downtown Parking Master Plan and incorporate Design Guidelines to create a “one-stop” document that would guide development in the Downtown area. Additionally, the DTSP Update provides recommendations for streetscape improvements, public amenity requirements, circulation improvements (including the realignment of portions of 6th Street and Walnut Avenue) and mobility enhancements within the DTSP area.

The Downtown Specific Plan Update is a joint project between the Economic Development Department and the Planning Department. This webpage will focus on land use and environmental issues related to the update.


City Council Adopted - January 19, 2010

California Coastal Commission approval - October 6, 2011

Public Documents

Downtown Specific Plan (Book One)

Design Guidelines, Strategies, Implementation, Appendices (Book Two)

Downtown Parking Study

Downtown Specific Plan

Notice of Preparation

Initial Study

Draft Environmental Impact Report

Final Environmental Impact Report

Final Text Changes


Responses to Comments


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Project Contacts

Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5271

Kellee Fritzal, Deputy Director of Economic Development, (714) 374-1519

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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