Highlights from City Council Meeting (1/14/20)

Attendance:
Mayor Shea
Mayor Pro Tem Mike Carroll
Councilmember Melissa Fox
Councilmember Farrah Khan
Councilmember Anthony Kuo

Closed Session

There was one reportable action coming out of closed session. Negotiations are continuing to move forward with Wild Rivers at the Great Park. Prices and terms are still being discussed. The City will provide further details to the public at a later date.

Before moving to closed session, Mayor Shea quickly moved to pull agenda item 1.3 “Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release.” The Council voted (4-1, Khan opposed). This item was put on the agenda by Councilmembers Kuo and Khan. No explanation was provided for the removal and residents as well as city observers were left wondering what exactly happened. Councilmember Kuo was cut off when he attempted to speak on the motion. City Attorney Jeff Melching advised that the Council could not discuss the motion made.

Read the Voice of OC for their take on last nights events.

Regular Meeting

ITEM 3.4 SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 19-19 TO AMEND CHAPTERS 9-1, 9-6, 9-9, AND 9-40 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE RELATED TO THE TRANSFER OF UNBUILT RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNITS FROM PLANNING AREAS 9 (WOODBURY) AND 40 (CYPRESS VILLAGE) TO PLANNING AREAS 1 (ORCHARD HILLS) AND 6 (PORTOLA SPRINGS)

The Council approved (4-1, Shea opposed) a proposal filed by the Irvine Company to transfer 297 planned but un-built units to Orchard Hills. The second part of the application to transfer 493 residential units to Portola Springs was withdrawn.

ITEM 3.5 APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENTS OF CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES TO CITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES

Council voted (4-1, Fox opposed) to appoint Councilmember Kuo to serve as the city representative on the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). Councilmember Fox was the designated member but Councilmember Kuo asked the Council to consider appointing him to serve on the OCFA. To see the full list of annual appointments click HERE.

ITEM 5.1 AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT FOR THE AQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPOSED 60-UNIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT LOCATED AT 17861 CARTWRIGHT ROAD

Council approved (5-0) an affordable housing agreement for the development of a 60-unit apartment complex located at 17861 Cartwright Road in the Irvine Business Complex. C&C Development is the project developer.

ITEM 5.2 CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST BY MAYOR SHEA AND MAYOR PRO TEMPORE CARROLL TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE MODIFIED REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY

The Council adopted (4-1, Fox opposed) a resolution opposing the modified Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation and requesting the State Housing and Community Development Department to intervene. The Council took issue to the methodology and process used by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The revised methodology assigns Irvine 22,803 housing units for the next 8-yr RHNA cycle. Irvine joins many other Orange County cities in opposing the revised SCAG methodology and allocation numbers.

ITEM 5.3 CONSIDERATION OF  A REQUEST BY MAYOR SHEA AND COUNCILMEMBER KHAN TO ADOPT AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS PROHIBITING THE SALE AND USE OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS

This item drew a large number of public speakers and council discussion. Chief Hamel stated that vaping is a problem in the schools. Several speakers asked that hookah smoking be exempt from the ordinance. The Council instructed city staff to get information from the school department, the city finance department regarding sales revenue for businesses in this sector, and to look at revisions proposed by the American Lung Association. The general opinion was that minors should be protected and that further discussion and input would be necessary. The Council agreed to exclude the use of hookah from this ordinance. The ban on the sale and use of flavored vaping products will be revisited.