The Southeast section of the City of Huntington Beach has numerous projects that merit additional communication. As such, a Council Committee was formed to become the sounding board for several issues, primarily the formation of a new redevelopment project area called the Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Project. General information about the committee, various projects, and the Redevelopment Plan are discussed below.
The Southeast Area Committee, created in December 2000, is a three member committee of City Council that study the issues in the southeast area of the City. Initially the committee provided the leadership in the formation of the Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Plan adopted in 2002. More broadly, the role of the Southeast Area Committee is to provide a community link to the citizens on the various issues and projects located in the southeast area. On May 29, 2003, the committee approved the conceptual Five Year Capital Project program for the Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Project Area. Get the Handout.
The committee meets every other month on the fourth Wednesday at 4:30pm at City Hall, lower level room B-8. To be added to the e-mail list to receive agendas, send your request to Antonia.Graham@surfcity-hb.org.
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Southeast Section of Huntington Beach
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Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center of Orange County -- The center is located on 2 acres at the corner of Newland and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach California. The facility is now being renovated to include: a state-of-the-art wildlife treatment hospital; a recovery ward; flight cages; an education facility; and exhibits. On November 15, 2004, the Redevelopment Agency approved the $270,000 grant to assist the Conservancy with the construction of a block wall along the frontage of the property along Pacific Coast Highway. The block wall and associated landscaping was a requirement of the renovation of the facility.
Bushard Trunk Sewer Replacement Project Phase 2 of this project was started in April, 2006. The Bushard sewer replacement project is a project by the Orange County Sanitation District. It is a major sewer line that serves several cities including Fountain Valley, Westminster, Garden Grove, Stanton, Fullerton & Buena Park. The project extends between the intersections of Ellis/Bushard to Bushard/Banning (approximately 4 miles. Interested parties can find out more about the status of this project at the OCSD website at http://www.ocsd.com
AES Huntington Beach Generating Station received Certification Approval from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to Retool Units 3 & 4 on May 10, 2001. This project will bring an additional 450 megawatts onto the California Electrical Grid in the near future. Subsequent to their permit approval, AES filed appeals with the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to remove the condition that requires AES to sell their power under contract to the California Department of Water Resources. The City of Huntington Beach opposed AES' appeal but the CEC amended the original decision and deleted the condition requiring sale of power to California only. AES will also implement landscaping and painting upgrades to the site in the near future. Additional information can be found at the California Energy Commission's Website: California Energy Commission.
Poseidon Resources Corporation is the applicant for the construction of a 50 million gallon per day seawater desalination facility that will be located on the AES property, northeast of Units 1 & 2. The City Council certified the Re circulated Environmental Impact Report for the project in September 2005 and approved the Conditional Use Permit and Coastal Development Permit in February 2006. The Coastal Commission is reviewing the project and will conduct a public hearing on a date yet to be determined. -- Mary Beth Broeren, Principal Planner, (714) 536-5550 and Ricky Ramos, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5624.
The Ascon Landfill Site - located at the Southwest Corner of Magnolia and Hamilton - operated as a permitted landfill from 1938 to 1984, first as part of the unincorporated County of Orange and later as part of the incorporated City of Huntington Beach. The Site was originally used for oil production and manufacturing waste, and after 1971 was used for construction debris. The name, ASCON, is derived from "asphalt" and "concrete."
Beach Coast Properties, sold the Ascon site following a State of California Consent Order in late May 2003 to Cannery Hamilton Properties, LLC, an entity formed by two of the companies that are cooperating parties for the Site’s remediation. The site is listed on the State Superfund list of toxic/hazardous waste sites. The remediation of the Site is paid for solely by private funds; no public taxpayer money is used for superfund remediation.
Between 1938 and 1971, the site was primarily used for the disposal of oil field wastes. These wastes included material now classified as hazardous waste such as chronic acid, sulfuric acid, aluminum slag, fuel oils, marcaptans, and styrene. From 1971 to 1984 only inert, solid waste was disposed of at the site. These wastes included soil, concrete, asphalt, wood, metal, and abandoned vehicles. In 1984, after closure of the landfill site and unlawful attempts at excavating the site by previous owners and parties, the City Council established the Ascon Ad-Hoc Committee to study and formulate a means to conduct the clean up.
In November 1992, the City Council approved Development Agreement (DA) No. 91-2 that established a 15-year development agreement between the City and the previous owner. The DA required the developer to fully clean the site to DTSC standards prior to any development on site. In exchange, the property may be developed in accordance with the approved zoning pursuant to Zone Change No. 91-8, Code Amendment No. 91-13 and Negative Declaration No. 92-43 that established the Magnolia Pacific Specific Plan. The Specific Plan would allow a maximum of 502 residential dwelling units. The current owner, Cannery Hamilton Properties, LLC, does not plan for residential development at the Site and a proposal to change the Specific Plan for the Site is expected in the future.
On January 8, 2003, a State of California Consent Order was executed between DTSC and eight companies (the Responsible Parties or "RP"s). The Consent Order is an agreement regarding completion of investigation and remediation of the site. The RPs are identified by determining the major entities or predecessor companies that used the Site during its years as a permitted landfill in prior decades. Many more parties used the site, including residents, but were not asked to be party to the Consent Order.
Following the Consent Order, extensive field investigations have been conducted to characterize the waste at the Site and plan for its remediation. During this process in 2005 through early 2006, an Emergency Action was conducted at the Site to strengthen earthen berms. The Revised Feasibility Study (RFS) was approved by DTSC in the third quarter of 2007, and DTSC is reviewing the Draft Remedial Action Plan submitted at that time.
An Interim Removal Measure of oily materials from two interior waste lagoons is planned in 2010, and after that the final clean up of the site will proceed under the process dictated by the California Environmental Quality Act.
More information is available at www.ascon-hb.com and at the Department of Toxic Substances Control website, https://dtsc.ca.gov
Edison has applied to the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) to sell the tanks to a third party operator, a subsidiary of Edison that will manage the asset that is linked to the 12.4 mile pipeline network that extends to Los Alamitos. The City is actively involved with the PUC in requesting limited usage levels and reasonable controls be established before the plant is transferred to a new operator. Edison has applied for a demolition permit to remove four tanks. The Zoning Administrator has requested that certain requirements be in place before Edison demolishes the tanks; Edison is contesting the requirements.
The City has purchased AES's five acres located near Newland Street. These five acres are to be the future site of a water reservoir. This reservoir has been identified as a necessary public facility in the City's Water Master Plan. For further information contact Duncan Lee at 375-5118.
The Santa Ana River Crossings Cooperative Study began two years ago and is now nearing completion. The study has been managed by the Orange County Transportation Authority and includes active participation from the Cities of Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and Fountain Valley.
The study evaluates two bridge crossings of the Santa Ana River, one connecting Garfield Avenue to Gisler Avenue and the other connecting Banning Avenue to 19th Street. The study focuses on the impacts of deleting the bridges from the County's Master Plan of Arterial Highways or building the bridges as shown. A third alternative involves building modified crossings of the river with Garfield Avenue connecting to the 405 Freeway and 19th Street connecting to Brookhurst Street rather than directly to Banning Avenue.
The Study's Technical Advisory Group met on December 7 to review the alternatives, their impacts, and mitigation measures. Impacts in Huntington Beach are nominal in the "No bridges" alternative with only minor modifications needed at the Brookhurst/Hamilton intersection and at Pacific Coast Highway/Brookhurst (replaces the widening of Pacific Coast Highway to eight lanes over the Santa Ana River shown.)
Over the next several weeks, OCTA staff plans to meet individually with each City Manager and Policy Advisory Committee member. OCTA plans to release the EIR for the study to the public in mid February. During the 45-day comment period, OCTA will hold four public workshops to explain the study findings. Each City Council will then be asked to hold a formal public hearing and consider a resolution in support of deleting or retaining each bridge.
While OCTA has requested a unanimous position from all four cities on both bridges as a package, they may be willing to take one at a time. If any of the four cities opposes deletion of a bridge, then the bridge will remain on the Master Plan of Arterial Highways. Even if this should happen, further detailed environmental studies for the particular bridge would be needed, together with $20 to $25 million for each bridge for construction. -- Bob Stachelski, Public Works, (714) 536-5523.
This is an unfunded proposed extension of an arterial highway on the Orange County Master Plan of Arterial Highways.
A Huntington Beach City Council study session on the Orange Coast River Park was held on March 18, 2002. Earlier on March 23, 2000, the conceptual plan was presented and the representatives from the Friends of Harbors, Beaches, and Parks and RJM Design heard public testimony. The park plan proposes to link open space in different jurisdictions including the County of Orange, Costa Mesa, HB, and Newport Beach into a regional wildlife corridor. The park plan unveiled in March 2000 extended from Fairview Park in CM to the north to PCH to the south and includes private and public wetlands in HB as well as Banning Ranch in NB. Each jurisdiction will bear the cost of maintaining and managing their respective portions of the park. -- Ricky Ramos, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5624. For further information, please contact: The Friends of Harbors, Beaches & Parks, (949) 399-3669 or go to: Orange County Friends of Harbors, Beaches, & Park's Website.
This project proposes to add sidewalk to both sides of Magnolia Street from PCH to the Huntington Beach Channel. Construction is slated to begin in the early fall of 2006. For more information, contact Todd Broussard at 536-5247.
This project will widen Newland Street from Hamilton Avenue to PCH. Bicycle lanes will be added to both sides. A new sidewalk will also be constructed along the east side, which will result in a continuous pedestrian path of travel to PCH. Newland Street will be raised on either side of the channel to provide better site distance. In addition, a dedicated turn pocket will be provided to access Edison Avenue. Environmental processing has held this project up, however, construction is anticipated to begin late summer / early fall. For more information, contact Todd Broussard at 536-5247.
This project will rehabilitate Adams Avenue from Magnolia Street to the Santa Ana River. Construction is slated for early fall. For more information, contact Todd Broussard at 536-5247.
This project will rehabilitate the sewer lines in several area of the southeast area utilizing trenchless technologies, which result in little to no disruption to the residents. Construction is slated for late fall / early winter. For more information, contact Todd Broussard at 536-5247.
After holding joint public hearing on the redevelopment plan on May 20th, City Council approved the first reading of the adopting ordinance on June 3, 2002. The second reading was conducted on June 17th; sixty days later the plan became effective. Many of the documents pertaining to the plan adoption here are downloadable off this website:
Plan Adoption Documents
Downloadable from this Website
The map below shows the boundaries of the Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Project area in light blue; the areas outlined in dark pink are not a part of the redevelopment area.
The EIR for the Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Plan was certified on June 3, 2002. Due to the size of this document, interested parties may view a copy in the Department of Economic Development upon request.
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