• May 29, 2024

FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: FivePoint’s 2011 New Plan and Call for Good Faith

In the previous article in this series on Great Park development, I wrote about the original plan for the Great Park from both the private homebuilding and public amenities perspectives. In this article, we will see how—even though FivePoint’s homebuilding entitlements number remained constant—the direction for the Great Park development starts to change. 2011: A […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Initial Homebuilding Numbers Plus a Bonus Density

Photo: The Original Plan for the Great Park, 2005-2006 “Entitlements are legal rights conveyed by approvals from governmental entities to develop a property… . Entitlements can be a major factor in the ultimate use, viability, and value of your property.“—Urban Land Institute In the previous article in this series, I wrote about the defeat of […]

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Councilmembers Tammy Kim and Mike Carroll Seek to Rescind Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance

This Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Vice Mayor Tammy Kim and Councilmember Mike Carroll seek to rescind City Council ordinance 18-10, which is Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance. On October 23, 2018, the Irvine City Council made the first of two votes toward approving a Sunshine Ordinance that would enhance government transparency by making agendas available 12 days […]

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Irvine Community Land Trust Removes Vice-Chair Michael Stockstill

At the September 20, 2021, meeting of the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT), the Board voted to oust its Vice-president / Vice-Chair, Michael Stockstill. Mike Stockstill was first elected to the Board on June 17, 2019, and served on the Communications and Legislative subcommittee’s. Stockstill was then elected Vice-President / Vice-Chair on March 16, 2020, where […]

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Opinion: Evolving City, Devolving Democracy?

“I view what we do here as a vision,” FivePoint Holdings Founder and Chairman Emeritus Emile Haddad says, redundantly, in a promotional video on the company’s website. “When you lead from the front, it is easier for people to follow” is another Haddad head-scratcher. What it does not say is that FivePoint has reportedly spent over $2 […]

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Irvine Residents Exert Influence on Proposed Irvine Company Housing Development Near Asphalt Plant

On October 21, 2021, the Irvine City Planning Commission voted 3-2 to postpone making a decision on the Irvine Company’s tract map and master plan proposal for Neighborhood Four of Orchard Hills, a neighborhood situated a half-mile away from an asphalt plant.  In what normally takes place with little fanfare at planning commission meetings, Irvine […]

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Planning Commission to Consider More Homes, Parks, and Day Care Site Near Asphalt Plant

This Thursday, October 21, 2021, the Planning Commission will be deciding whether or not to approve an additional 520 homes, two private neighborhood parks, and a day care site, near the All American Asphalt plant despite years of resident concerns over emissions and odors. According to the staff report, there are currently 3,439 units entitled […]

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The People Before Pixels: Banning Cell Phone Use During Council Meetings

My Grandpa Dan had a rule: only one person was allowed to get up from the dinner table at a time. He was adamant about it. The story goes that there would come a point during dinners when Granny and their four kids would leave the dining room and dart about after seconds, for dessert, or to clear the table. […]

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Opinion: Political Pollsters Are Calling. Will You Answer?

Welcome Irvine voters to early polling! Has your phone started ringing with “caller unknown” calls?  Some brave Irvine residents who have answered these anonymous calls are getting quizzed on their opinions of candidates, and on other Irvine issues, with a focus on the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). It is awfully early for the polling […]

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Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties

Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) has faced public scrutiny in the last few months and that scrutiny remains well deserved. Let’s recap some of the concerns: The OCPA’s Implementation Plan which is less ambitious than the state’s target of 60% renewables by 2030. The […]

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