Southeast Area

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.

Southeast Area Committee

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 Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 at City Hall. To be added to the e-mail list to receive agendas, send your request to

Get the latest Southeast Area Committee Meeting Notes by clicking on the dates below:

Southeast Section of Huntington Beach

Southeast Section of Huntington Beach

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Fact Sheet

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Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy -- On June 12, 2003, the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy closed escrow on a 45 acres of coastal wetlands increasing the Conservancy's property holdings to 92.36 acres.

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center of Orange County -- The Wetland & Wildlife Care Center of Orange County is located on 2 acres at the corner of Newland and Pacific Coast Highway, within the Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Project. The current facility consists of a 2,150 square foot oiled wildlife cleaning building, and 5,000 square feet of outdoor animal enclosures.

Bushard Trunk Sewer Replacement Project The Bushard trunk sewer replacement project is a project of the Orange County Sanitation District. It is a major sewer line that serves several cities. The project extends between the intersections of Ellis/Bushard to Bushard/Banning (approximately 4 miles) and will take approximately 18 months to complete. The project also includes a stretch between the intersections of Brookhurst (at Cape May) to Banning and Banning to Bushard. It is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2002. Interested parties can find out more about this project at the OCSD website

Cenco Tanks

Cenco has demolished its tanks. Only one soils remediation action remains. -- Chuck Burney, Fire Marshall, (714) 536-5564.

AES Plant 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 Desalination Project

Poseidon Desalination Project

Poseidon Resources Corporation (PRC) is the applicant for the construction of a 50 million gallon per day seawater desalination plant that will be located on the AES property, northeast of Units 1 & 2. The Planning Department received the Environmental Assessment Application on December 11th, 2001. The entitlement application was received by the Planning Department on January 22, 2002. The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project was completed and circulated for a 45-day public review period in fall 2002. After the City and its consultant prepare the Response to Comments, the project will be scheduled for public hearing. This is expected to occur in spring 2003.-- Mary Beth Broeren, Principal Planner, (714) 536-5550 and Ricky Ramos, Associate Planner, (714) 536-5624.

Ascon Site

After ten years, the ownership of the Ascon site has changed. Beach Coast Properties, sold the Ascon site in late May 2003 to Cannery Hamilton Properties, LLC., an entity formed by several of the companies that are going to remediate the site. The 38-acre (ASCON) landfill site is located on the southwest corner of Hamilton Avenue and Magnolia Street. The site operated as a landfill from 1935 until 1984. The site is listed on the State Superfund list of toxic/hazardous waste sites, but no State or Federal funds are presently available for clean-up of the site. Between 1935 and 1971, the site was primarily used for the disposal of oil field wastes. These wastes included material currently 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, the City Council established the Ascon AD-HOC Committee to study and formulate provisions to permit the excavation at any landfill site within the city. The committee continues to meet on an as needed basis to oversee the activities at the site.

In November 1992, the City Council approved Development Agreement (DA) No. 91-2 that established a 15-year development agreement between the City and developer. The DA requires 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.

On January 8, 2003, a consent order was executed between DTSC and seven companies (the Responsible Parties or "RP"s). The consent order is an agreement regarding completion of investigation and remediation of the site. At their March 26 meeting, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) concluded that there are three cleanup alternatives for the Ascon site based on the Remedial Investigation Feasibility Study: Alternative 1 - No Action;

Alternative 2 - Containment with a subsuface wall around the perimeter of the Site and a cap with a vegetative cover;

Alternative 3 - On-site treatment and removal of waste.

DTSC recommends Alternative 3. Alternative 3 consists of the following: -Removal and off-site disposal of old drums, tires, pipe, vegetation, wood piles; Removal of construction debris and segregation into concrete and other debris; Removal and treatment of surface (rain) water from Lagoons 1 through 5; Removal and treatment of liquid hydrocabon wastes from Lagoons 1 & 2; Removal and off-site disposal of styrene waste from Pit F; Removal and treatment of affected soils and drilling muds from the visible lagoons, former lagoons, pits, and the perimeter berm; and Use of clean soil for the final grade.

An Environmental Impact Report is required for the cleanup of the site. DTSC anticipates that the EIR should take approximately one and a half years for drafting, public review and certification. The actual cleanup is anticipated to take 3 years after certification of the EIR."

Beach Maintenance Facility

The City's new Beach Maintenance Facility, behind the former Edison Power Plant is now fully operational. It includes space for the Beach Maintenance staff, as well as a Vehicle Maintenance area for beach equipment and lifeguard vehicles, and houses the parking meter operation that services the recreation, business, and residential zones in the coastal area.

Southern California Edison

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.

Water Reservoir

The City is interested in purchasing AES's five acres located near Newland Street. These five acres are to be the future site of a water reservoir to serve the Southeast portion of the City. This reservoir has been identified as a necessary public facility in the City's Water Master Plan. For further information contact Tom Rulla at (714) 536-5432.

Santa Ana River Bridges

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. -- Tom Brohard, Public Works, (714) 375-5086.

Hamilton Extension

This is an unfunded proposed extension of an arterial highway on the Orange County Master Plan of Arterial Highways.

Orange Coast River Park

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.

"White Hole" Issue

The "White Hole" issue pertains to ongoing negotiations between Mills Land and Water, owner of several parcels of land outside the proposed redevelopment project area, and the City of Huntington Beach. The parcels are generally located northeast of the PCH and Beach Blvd. intersection. The parties are currently in a court mandated settlement discussion process.

Methane Gas

In January 2001, a passive gas control system was installed at Edison Park by GeoScience Analytical Inc. to control the methane gas being produced by the old Cannery Street Disposal Station. The system consists of five wells located at two site in the park, 1) three wells along the west, southwest border and 2) two wells along the north border of the park at Stillwell Dr.

In March, 2001, Fire Department and GeoScience personnel conducted methane gas surveys at 24 residential location surrounding Edison Park. Air samples were taken at 4-6 locations both inside and outside of the homes. Methane concentrations ranged from <.01 ppm to a high of 0.7 ppm. The Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) for methane is 50,000 ppm. The existing soil probes at Edison Park were also monitored and methane concentrations were reduced from the prior monitoring period by approximately 90.0 %.

Since March 2001, the passive gas control system has been monitored on a weekly schedule by GeoScience. These reports are reviewed by the City and forwarded to Orange County Integrated Waste Management. The City has requested that the weekly schedule be reduced to a monthly interval, since the reports have shown constantly diminishing methane concentrations levels. -- Chuck Burney, Fire Marshall, (714) 536-5564.

Playground Equipment Replacement

The City has completed a city-wide playgroud equipment replacement program. Parks within the Southeast area (south of Adams, east of Beach) that received new play units include: Gisler, EAder, Hawes, Moffett, Burke, Seely, Edison and Sowers. New swing sets replaced the arch swings that did not meet current safety guidelines. In some cases, the numbers of seats in the new swings were reduced due to more stringent safety guidelines for distance around each swing.

New swing sets will replace existing arch swings that do not meet current safety guidelines. Unfortunately, the numbers of seats in the new swings will be reduced due to more stringent safety guidelines for distance around each swing.

Southeast Coastal Redevelopment Plan

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

Southeast Coastal Aerial Map

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.

Southeast Coastal Aerial Map
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Environmental Reports

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.

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

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