Residents planning minor building projects will no longer need coastal development permits in most instances, thanks to a California Coastal Commission decision Friday.
The commission action came at the request of the city's Planning Department, which had asked for exclusion of several project categories from the commission's coastal development permit requirements. The action pertains only to Huntington Beach.
Excluded from the requirements are most residential areas, including the area covered by the Old Town Specific Plan, and one light industrial area.
Within specified geographical areas, projects no longer needing a Coastal Commission permit include erecting signs, grading when less than 100 cubic yards of material is involved, constructing fences and walls less than six feet tall and building additions costing less than $1,000.