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Great Park Vision Now For Sale?

The Great Park Board of Directors will consider hiring a consultant to develop and implement a Sponsorship Program for the Great Park to attract sponsors and advertisers. However, based on the timeline of events, it appears that this decision was made long ago. The request for proposals to select a firm for implementation was released […]

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Great Park Development Update 

Great Park Board Meeting | Tuesday, February 25th | 1pm in City Council Chambers The City owned Great Park is governed by a five-member Board of Directors consisting of the five Irvine City Council members. With the multi-sports complex complete, the Board is figuring out what goes in the rest of the Great Park. Last […]

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New Electronic Freeway Sign & 178 Residential Units in IBC

Attendees: Stephen Huang Christine Knowland Dustin Nirschl Jeff Pierson Greg Smith On February 6, 2020 the Planning Commission unanimously approved the following items. To see the entire Planning Commission agenda click here. FivePoint Electronic Message Center Freeway Sign FivePoint Communities Management’s application for an Electronic Message Center (“EMC”) freeway sign for advertising on-premise events and […]

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Irvine Assigned 22,803 Residential Units – How Should We Plan For It?

The State is requiring Irvine to plan for 22,803 additional housing units over the next eight-year period. This is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA” pronounced “reena”) allocation handed down to Irvine for its “fair share” to address Orange County’s housing needs. The city was assigned a RHNA of 12,149 units in the last cycle. […]

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Op-Ed: Building the Great Park… Building A Public Bypass As Well?

According to a January 14, 2020 article from the Orange County Register, Irvine has found a “new Great Park location for a bigger Wild Rivers water park”.  This was the first time anybody had heard about Wild Rivers moving to a new location. Here are the recent details provided by this article: This new site […]

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City Council Agenda 1/14/20: Affordable Housing & Flavored Tobacco Products

2020 sees the beginning of a new Council year that will be under the direction of Mayor Christina Shea and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Carroll. The first City Council meeting of 2020 is tomorrow, January 14th at City Hall.  View the meeting agenda HERE.  Below are a few agenda items that may be of interest. […]

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Recap: Great Park Board Meeting 12/10/19

The Orange County Great Park Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Two projects were unanimously approved: Pretend City Children’s Museum The Board approved a three-year pre-development agreement with the Children’s Museum. Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-development agreement, the city will enter into a ground lease with Pretend City Children’s museum to […]

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Finance Commission Hears Economic Development Update

  Economic Development Manager Kaitlyn Nguyen, provided her first update on the City’s economic development efforts during the November 18, 2019 Finance Commission meeting. The new position was created by City Manager Russo last year to help oversee City economic development efforts.  Two items of note from the report: Business Attraction The city is looking […]

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Land Use Conflict Stalls County Development Plans

The County has two project sites in Irvine with development plans that were approved and received certified final Environmental Impact Reports (“EIR”), but a dispute over the project descriptions and proposed land uses have them tied up in complex litigation. OC Register | Graham and Voice of OC | Custodio & Gerda The El Toro […]

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State Housing Requirement May Prove Challenging for Irvine

General Plan The General Plan is a policy document for planning and development and it represents the community’s views for the long-range vision and goals for the city. Irvine is currently undergoing its first comprehensive update to its General Plan since 2000, when it was last updated. The plan update will incorporate changes required by […]

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