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October 24, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: The Planning Commission postponed a vote for 60-days on a zoning text amendment that applies to mobile home parks so that the matter could be studied further. WHAT IT MEANS: The Planning Commission asked the Mobile Home Advisory Board to form a subcommittee that would look at the fair market value of mobile home parks. The city attorney's office initiated the zoning text amendment to incorporate minor renumbering changes in the California Civil Code.
June 20, 2002
Jose Paul Corona Members of Praise Christian Church are one step closer to getting back into the sanctuary they were kicked out of three days before Christmas. The City Council approved a zoning text amendment that allows for religious assembly as a permitted use for the Ellis-Goldenwest area. While religious assembly isn't explicitly prohibited from the Ellis-Goldenwest area -- it is not actually allowed in the area either, said Richard Barnard, Huntington Beach director of communications and special projects.
November 15, 2001
WHAT HAPPENED: The planning commission approved the conditional use permit for Sunrise Development, Inc. to construct a two-story, 97-unit assisted living facility in three buildings totaling 66,000-square-feet at 2134 Main St., north of Yorktown Avenue and west of Ranch Lane in Huntington Beach. WHAT IT MEANS: Before the project can get started, it must survive a 10-day appeal period, and the Huntington Beach City Council needs to approve a zoning map amendment that would allow the facility to be constructed on 4.82 acres of property, changing the facility's zoning from residential-medium density to public, semipublic use, said project planner Wayne Carvalho.
By: | September 22, 2005
o7Here are items the Planning Commission will consider tonight. f7 SANTA ANA HEIGHTS FIRE STATION The city plans to build a fire station and training tower at the corner of Acacia Street and Mesa Drive in Santa Ana Heights, but the property's zoning needs to be changed first. Residents were initially concerned about the height of the tower, because it slightly exceeds what's now allowed in the area. But city staff members have hammered out a special zoning proposal that would list strict criteria for the design and operation of the fire facilities.
By: | August 27, 2005
o7Here are a few items the council considered Tuesday.f7 CULTURAL ARTS GRANTS The arts will get a $40,000 boost from the city, after the council approved grants to groups that will bring ballet, plays art and music to the city. Following the recommendation of the arts commission, the council agreed to fund projects such as performances of the "Nutcracker" for students, concerts by the Pacific Symphony and a touring play for elementary school students by South Coast Repertory Theatre.
October 5, 2000
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Property owners and residents in three neighborhoods can rest easy knowing that businesses should stay out of their communities. The city's Planning Commission unanimously denied a series of zoning changes last week that would designate several residential areas for commercial land use. The decision affects 90 properties between Aldrich and Alhambra avenues, east of Beach Boulevard; 20 residential structures between Warner Avenue and Blaylock Drive, and A and B streets; and 10 dwellings along Moonshadow Circle.
April 1, 2004
PEACE POLE DONATION The Church of Religious Science wants to donate a peace pole to the city and place it on city grounds. The church made the same offer last year, which sparked a debate about what can be accepted as gifts. The City Council will decide Monday whether to accept the pole, which reads "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in six languages. If accepted, the City Council will decide where it should be put. Possible locations include Huntington Beach Central Library, City Hall or the pier.
April 22, 2004
WHAT HAPPENED: The City Council voted to prohibit the use of expandable polystyrene products, also known as Styrofoam, at all city facilities and city-sponsored events. WHAT IT MEANS: The ban was proposed by Councilwoman Connie Boardman because Styrofoam is not biodegradable and contributes to ocean pollution and litter. Because it's so lightweight, it's easily picked up by ocean breezes and carried throughout the city and into the ocean, she argued.
July 15, 2004
These are some of the items the Huntington Beach City Council will consider at its next meeting. CONDO CONVERSIONS The City Council will hold a second public hearing to consider a special amendment to the zoning code to deal with 120 illegally converted condominiums in the city. To avoid a complicated variance hearing, city staff members are recommending the council pass an ordinance requiring residents who bought illegally converted condominiums to go through a expedited zoning process and pay up to $20,000 into an affordable-housing fund.
November 2, 2000
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- An expanding day-care center at a Surf City home has drawn fire from neighbors who claim it threatens the value of their property. The Planning Commission agreed last month to allow Gosset Day-Care, a licensed care and education program for preschoolers at 8741 Adams Ave., to double the amount of children who attend. The decision allows Toni Gosset, who lives in the modified house, and an assistant to care for up to 12 children in accordance to rules set by the state Department of Social Services.
By Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II | March 21, 2014
California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other cities that could be used to restrict development of new buildings in areas along the coast that may be destroyed during a large tsunami. The California Geological Survey made the announcement Friday in advance of the 50th anniversary of the deadliest tsunami that has hit modern California. Fifty years ago next Thursday, a tsunami triggered by a 9.2 earthquake in Alaska killed 13 people in California alone, the Los Angeles Times reports . The new mapping efforts come after harbor officials, boaters and marina residents had no emergency plans in place when a February 2010 earthquake in Chile produced a tsunami that struck California's coast and caused millions of dollars in damage to harbors.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 13, 2014
A decision about whether to allow Huntington Beach to rezone a portion of the Bolsa Chica mesa known to harbor historical artifacts will have to wait. California coastal commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to postpone a hearing on proposed changes to the city's Local Coastal Program, at the city's request. Local Coastal Programs help local communities in coastal areas guide development, in concert with the Coastal Commission. A late addendum and changes to the commission staff report prompted Huntington Beach to request a delay in order to allow city officials and the public to digest the new information.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 22, 2013
The Huntington Beach City Council continued to address the alcohol problem in the downtown area by agreeing Monday to proceed with clamping down on liquor licenses in the area. Council members voted 6 to 1, with Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper dissenting, to amend the zoning code to cap liquor licenses for businesses that sell alcohol in sealed containers, such as liquor and convenience stores. New establishments would have to abide by the zoning rule should the item be approved by the California Coastal Commission, which could take anywhere from three to six months, associate planner Jennifer Villasenor said.
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 24, 2013
The fate of the historic Wintersburg site remains unclear after a vote by the Huntington Beach Planning Commission to do further studies into a request to change the property's zoning. Wintersburg was the site of a Japanese American community that began in the late 1800s. It grew to become a cultural center that included homes, a mission and farmland. Now the area sits uninhabited but maintains a cultural significance as the site of the 1912 Furuta home, the 1910 Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission, 1910 Manse, and the 1934 Church.
By Mona Shadia | May 8, 2012
The Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to amend the city's zoning code, paving the way for a state-of-the-art Vans skate park. Before VF Outdoor Inc., a subsidiary of Vans' parent VF Corp, proposed opening and operating the skate park on 2.7 acres on Center Avenue near Gothard Street, the parcel had been designated for residential uses with an affordable housing component, part of which fulfilled state law requirement. Now the city has to find somewhere else for the 175 affordable housing units.
By Mona Shadia | September 19, 2011
The Huntington Beach City Council voted Monday to prohibit taxicabs from parking or picking up customers from areas where the side curb is painted green in downtown.   Councilmen Matthew Harper and Devin Dwyer were absent. The green 24-minute parking zones are restricted for business patrons who stop by for a quick purchase such as coffee from Starbucks or other shops in downtown, said Police Chief Ken Small. Although taxicabs have their own stands at Walnut Street, east of Maine Street, and in front of Shorebreak Hotel, they choose to park in the green zones to bypass waiting in the lines.
By Michael Miller, | December 6, 2010
In southeastern Huntington Beach by Pacific Coast Highway, the AES power plant billows white smoke into the sky. A few block north, the Ascon Landfill Site continues its removal of toxic waste. Poseidon Resources awaits approval of its plan to install a water desalination plant on the coast. But the area near Hamilton Avenue and Magnolia Street may soon have 32 acres of vacant land, and some residents are rooting for green to fill that space. Plains All American Pipeline, owner of 21845 Magnolia St., has announced plans to remove three oil storage tanks adjoining the power plant.
By Van Novack | December 10, 2009
There are primarily two types of movies released during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The innocuous type is the often sappy family-oriented comedies and animated offerings that flood theaters during the holidays. Thankfully, this is also the time of year where the serious award contenders are released as well. An early contender for award recognition is “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Rated R for child abuse, including sexual assault, and pervasive language, “Precious” is not meant to be an uplifting movie about the positive side of human nature.
By Matt Szabo | August 6, 2009
They never gave up, going from battling local teams from Orange County to teams from Washington and Hawaii. And, although they didn?t quite make it to the World Series, players from the Fountain Valley Pony baseball Mustang division All-Stars fought until the end. Fountain Valley?s season ended Saturday at the Mustang (9 and 10-year-old) Zone tournament. There, they were edged by Corona, 5-4, in extra innings in the first game of the day at the Chino Hills fields. Then, Fountain Valley was bounced out of the tournament by host Chino Hills, 1-0, the lone run scoring on a passed ball.
By Michael Alexander | November 8, 2007
Opening a medical marijuana dispensary probably won’t be legal for much longer in Huntington Beach. City Council members voted 5-2 to write an ordinance to strip all allowances for such a business out of the city’s zoning codes. They will vote on that ordinance in the future, but council members made their views known as they discussed the topic. Those who voted yes said a 1996 statewide ballot initiative that legalized medical marijuana in the state was badly written and had too many loopholes that encouraged crime, adding that recent federal raids on dispensaries made them too legally complicated to allow.
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