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HUNTINGTON BEACH : Debate Delayed on Subdivision Plans

The City Council is delaying action until Feb. 10 on proposals for a subdivision with up to 4,410 new homes to be built in the city’s Holly-Seacliff area.

The plans are under attack by the Huntington Beach City School District, which would serve families that move into the new subdivision. District officials say the developer is not providing enough money to build an adequate school.

The Holly-Seacliff issue was scheduled to be debated Monday night, but the council decided to delay discussion until February to get more information from city staff members and from Pacific Coast Homes, the proposed developer and an arm of the Huntington Beach Co., the largest private landowner in the city.

Holly-Seacliff is a 780-acre area in north-central Huntington Beach. The land was once covered with oil wells, which are being removed to make way for homes.

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Pacific Coast Homes and Huntington Beach City School District officials have been conferring for months about money for a new school but have not agreed.

City Council members said they are also concerned about several other aspects of the Holly-Seacliff plan, including streets and traffic.

Councilman Peter M. Green said he is particularly concerned about what will happen to city traffic if a proposed major new street in the area, called “the cross-gap connector,” fails to gain federal and state construction approval.


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