Huntington Beach Planners Approve Development on Indian Burial Ground

The Huntington Beach Independent has an interesting story today about a proposed housing development on a Native American burial ground.

By a 4-3 margin, Huntington Beach planners Tuesday approved a proposal to build 22 homes with green-friendly technology like solar panels and drought tolerant landscaping. The planers approved the development over objections from the state’s Native American Heritage Commission.

From the Independent’s story:

About 40 residents came to the public hearing Tuesday night, and nine spoke against the project. Residents expressed concern about the impact to biological resources, losing more open space and building on an archaeological site.

David Singleton, program analyst with the Native American Heritage Commission, said in a letter to the city that the site is “sacred” and the proposed mitigated measures aren’t adequate.

“Therefore, the likelihood of additional discoveries of Native American remains and archaeological items associated with burial is high,” he said in the letter.