Huntington Beach working on new Research and Technology Zoning project

The City is working on a new Research and Technology zoning designation along the Gothard Street corridor and within the Northwest area of the City. This new land use designation was established as part of the General Plan Update that was adopted by the City Council in late 2017 to permit a wide variety of nonresidential mixed-use development in existing industrial areas that are undergoing or poised for transformation to support changing employment demand and ensure that the City of Huntington Beach is positioned well for the future.

Planning Commission Public Hearing July 9

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on July 9, 2019 to act on a recommendation of the proposed RT zoning project that will be forwarded to the City Council for final action. The Planning Commission public hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers at 6 p.m. The City Council public hearing will be separately notice and is tentatively scheduled to be held in August 2019.

About the RT Zone

The new RT development standards are envisioned to fill the gap between commercial uses and pure industrial uses and expand how both existing and new uses can ‘flex’ their business models within their building space. Ideally, the new RT development standards will easily allow new start-up businesses to develop and grow from initial conceptualization stages all the way through to full-fledged successful operations while remaining in Huntington Beach. Future ‘RT Flex’ uses will primarily retain the industrial/manufacturing/warehouse base that remains vital to the overall health and balance of the community’s economic needs, but will allow some level of flexibility to accommodate commercial uses.

More information can be found on the City’s Website: https://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/planning/major/major-projects-view.cfm?ID=82

This article was released by the City of Huntington Beach.

RT Zoning map. Courtesy photo.