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Title: Autumn Care Assisted Living

Applicant: AMG & Associates LLC

Location: 9960 Garfield Ave.

Report Summary

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 13-005 analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with a request to construct an approximately 28,000 sq. ft. assisted living facility (with Alzheimer’s/memory care) on a vacant 30,000 sq. ft. lot.  The applicant is proposing to amend the General Plan maximum floor area ratio from 0.35 to 1 which would increase the maximum building floor area that can be proposed on the site from 10,500 sq. ft. to 30,000 sq. ft.  The facility includes two stories above an underground parking structure.  It will have 77 beds within 44 rooms and include communal kitchen, dining, living, activity, and outdoor space, among others.  The site slopes down generally from east to west with about a 10 ft. grade differential from the high to the low points.  As a result, the building has a two-story appearance along the north and east sides and a three-story appearance along the west and south sides where the parking structure is partly exposed.  The majority of the building is proposed at a maximum height of 33.5 ft. with the elevator penthouse and roof stairs at up to 38.5 ft. high.  Access to the site will be provided from Garfield Avenue through an easement across the Walgreens property to the north. 


The proposed project requires the following entitlements: General Plan Amendment to amend the maximum floor area ratio for the site from 0.35 to 1.0; Conditional Use Permit to permit an approximately 28,000 sq. ft. assisted living facility on a vacant lot with more than a 3 ft. grade differential and maximum combined retaining wall and fencing height along the property lines of 9.5 to 14 feet; Variance to allow: 1) a building height of 33.5 ft. to 38.5 ft. in lieu of a maximum of 18 ft. within 45 ft. of a residential district; 2) exterior stairs at a 1 ft. side setback in lieu of 8 ft.; 3) deck at a 5 ft. side setback in lieu of 10 ft.; 4) basement laundry/vestibule at an 8 ft.-5 in. side setback in lieu of 10 ft.; and 5) an 8 ft.-8 in. parking structure perimeter planter in lieu of 10 ft. along the west property line adjacent to the mobile home park; and Design Review to review the design, colors, and materials of the project.   


The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration will be available for public review and comment for twenty (20) days commencing Thursday, May 3, 2018 and ending Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at:  Community Development  Department, 3rd floor, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; City Clerk, 2nd floor, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647; and City website at


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 [email protected] by May 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 


Subsequent to the public comment period, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Planning Commission tentatively for June/July 2018.  The public hearing will be separately noticed. 

Project Status: In Progress

Project Planner: Ricky Ramos

Last Updated: May 02, 2018


  1. Notice of Availability
  2. Mitigated Negative Declaration No-13-005
  3. Attachment No 1 - Summary of Mitigation Measure
  4. Attachment No 2 - Project Narrative
  5. Attachment No 3 - Project Plans
  6. Attachment No 4 - Code Requirements
  7. Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Study
  8. Geotech Report
  9. Traffic Impact Assessment
  10. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  11. Preliminary Water Quality Management Plan

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