PURPOSE: The City of Huntington Beach has adopted development standards for infill development in order to minimize impacts on existing residential areas. These standards insure that new single family homes are compatible with surrounding residences.
APPLICABILITY: An infill lot is contiguous to one or more existing single family residential units, excluding parcels separated by streets, and is: 1) a vacant parcel of land intended for single family development, or 2) a parcel with an existing residential structure which will have 50 percent or more square footage of habitable area removed in order to remodel/construct a multi-story detached single family unit.
GUIDELINES: The development guidelines for infill development pertain to privacy design standards, setbacks and other issues such as pad height. The guidelines recommend that new residences:
The complete development standards, which are contained in Huntington Beach Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Section 230.22, may be reviewed at the Zoning Counter of the Department of Community Development. A copy of the ordinance may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, located on the 2nd floor.
STEP 1: Ten working days prior to plan check submittal, the applicant is required to send notification of the intent to develop the vacant lot, to the adjacent property owners. This notice shall be sent by first class mail. The notice should include the items listed below.
The applicant is required to notify adjacent property owners about the project and provide additional information to the Planning Department at the time of the plan check.
STEP 2: At the time of plan check submittal, the applicant must show compliance with the infill development requirements. The application for plan check will be rejected if the requirements are not met.
The submitted plans should show building elevations of the adjacent single family residences that qualify the vacant parcel as an infill lot. This will enable staff to evaluate window placement and other issues related to compatibility of design.
The applicant should also provide an affidavit showing proof that the adjacent property owners were notified. A copy of the letter(s) sent to these property owners and a site plan showing their location should accompany the affidavit.
Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Zoning Counter at:
Department of Community Development
2000 Main Street P.O. Box 190