The California Supreme Court has declined to review an affordable-housing advocacy group’s appeal that challenged Huntington Beach’s decision to reduce the number of units allowed in a development plan, effectively ending the case.
City Attorney Michael Gates called the court’s decision, issued Wednesday, a “significant victory.”
The Irvine-based Kennedy Commission had alleged in a lawsuit that the city violated state housing law in 2015 when, amid residents’ complaints about overdevelopment throughout the city, it reduced the number of permitted housing units in the Beach Boulevard-Edinger Avenue corridor from 4,500 to 2,100.
The Kennedy Commission argued the move would make Huntington Beach unable to meet its low-income housing requirements.
Gates contended the change was valid because Huntington Beach is a charter city, which gives it more local control and exemptions from state zoning laws.
The Kennedy Commission appealed to the state Supreme Court.
In November, when the state appellate court favored Huntington Beach, Gates said, “We were right all along, and now the city of Huntington Beach can exercise the local control that outsiders, like the Kennedy Commission, claimed we couldn’t.”
He called the case an example of how charter cities should not “give up local control by giving in to special interests outside your city simply because of another lawsuit or threat of a lawsuit.”
Cesar Covarrubias, executive director of the Kennedy Commission, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.