Beginning in August 2023, the City is evaluating infrastructure including critical facilities like public beaches, drinking water, and roads. This assessment, an Infrastructure “Report Card,” will identify both the current condition of infrastructure and priorities for improvement by assigning grades (A-F) to various infrastructure categories. A final report will be released to the public in April 2024.
The five main categories of infrastructure being assessed by a technical committee of engineers and public works professionals include:
- Utilities: The City provides utilities to all its residents, ranging from drinking water and sewer system maintenance to stormwater management.
- Parks and Facilities: The City has many public facilities, including 5 libraries, 78 parks, and a 98-acre golf course. This category also includes cultural facilities, community centers, and fire/police buildings.
- Transportation and Mobility: The City supports a great network of streets, bridges, sidewalks, bike lanes, alleys, and parking lots that facilitate local transport.
- Coastal and Harbour: The City has 208 acres of public beach for recreation, including a pier and amphitheater.
- Technology: The City provides wired and wireless broadband internet access at many facilities, including wired internet at public library computer labs and wireless internet access at public facilities.
With your help, we can better understand critical infrastructure needs and build community perspectives into the overall assessment. We invite you to join the project by participating in a brief survey about your experiences of infrastructure in Huntington Beach.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is the City completing this Infrastructure Report Card?
A portion of the City’s budget is dedicated to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which allows for significant improvements to aging infrastructure across the City. The goal for these projects is to maintain a minimum acceptable level of service for the City’s residents and visitors.
To understand how best to allocate CIP funding, this Infrastructure Report Card will assess current conditions of Huntington Beach’s aging infrastructure and signal priority areas to the community.
- How did the infrastructure categories get chosen?
The categories chosen encompass all City-owned and operated facilities and systems, with individual teams assessing specific sub-categories to create a comprehensive report of all Huntington Beach infrastructure.
- Who is determining the state of the city’s infrastructure?
A committee comprised of engineers, public works professionals, and others with infrastructure expertise will be assessing infrastructure across the City. Led by a key City staff member, small teams of these technical experts will evaluate a specific sub-category of infrastructure.
- How long will the process take?
Infrastructure assessments began in August 2023 and will continue through December/January, with the final report slated for public release in April 2024.
- Are there examples of other infrastructure report cards?
In 2019, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) completed a comprehensive Infrastructure Report Card for the State of California using a similar methodology. To read more about California’s report card, visit https://infrastructurereportcard.org/state-item/california/. Beyond California, the infrastructure report card is a common assessment completed at the county, state, and even national level.
For questions about the project or more information, please contact Chau Vu at [email protected].