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
Downtown Specific Plan (Book One)
Downtown Specific Plan
Final Environmental Impact Report
Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5271
Kellee Fritzal, Deputy Director of Economic Development, (714) 374-1519
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