• July 15, 2024
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Planning Commission

Opinion: A Yes to the General Plan Housing Update Is a Yes to the Future of Irvine

Irvine Then and Now I moved to Irvine as a kid in 2009. At this point, it was a city in flux. No longer a patch of suburbs between orange groves, it was a growing city renowned for safety and good schools. The city had just hit 200,000 people, and it has been growing rapidly […]

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2045 General Plan Update: 10 Facts

Irvine has been working on its General Plan Update to incorporate statutory requirements that have occurred since the General Plan was last updated in 2000. The update takes into consideration changes in State law and our Housing Element which was reviewed by a previous Planning Commission and adopted by the City Council in May 2022. […]

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Opinion: Who Is In-Charge at the Irvine Commissions, Commissioners or Staff?

Control of Commission Agendas Does anyone have any insight into how Irvine commission agendas were handled in the past and how they are handled now? My impression is that in the past Irvine Commissioners were in charge of what goes on the commission agendas and what would not make an agenda. However, my current impression […]

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Opinion: We Need to Update Bicycle Parking Minimums

I want to thank the Planning Commission’s consideration for updating bicycle parking minimum requirements. I would like to ask the Commission to consider the following in its discussion: The implementation of bicycle parking minimums for (multi-family) residential uses that are currently lacking in the code. The regulation of short-term bicycle rack types to more practical […]

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FivePoint is Legally Entitled to Build 10,556 Homes of Any Type They Choose in the Irvine Great Park: How Did That Happen?

At meeting of November 2, 2023,  the Irvine Planning Commission approved FivePoint’s plan to build 82 large, single-family homes in a Great Park area near Irvine Boulevard. When an appeal to this Planning Commission approval was heard at the December 12 City Council meeting, the Council denied the appeal and, thereby, affirmed the Planning Commission […]

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Council Voted Against Protections from Warehouses Expanding Citywide: What Will This Do To the Landscape of Irvine?

Are residential homes compatible with warehouses/logistics facilities? At its November 17, 2022 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of a Logistics Facility and Warehouse Ordinance amendment by a 4-1 vote. The two land uses, residential and warehouses, were not deemed compatible by the majority of the Planning Commissioners. However, when the vote came […]

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Great Park’s Community Commercial Retail Plans

On November 16, 2023 at 5:30PM, the Planning Commission will consider community commercial retail plans for the Great Park (agenda item 3), including two drive-thru restaurants, on an approximately 11-acre site. The retail plans are located within Development District 1-South of the Great Park Neighborhoods, located in Planning Area 51.Per the Staff Report, the retail […]

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Planning Commission to Consider 82 Single Family Homes Along Irvine Blvd

On October 19, 2023 at 5:30PM the Planning Commission will be considering the development of 82 detached single-family residences in Development District 4 of the Great Park Neighborhoods, Planning Area 51 (Great Park). The project site is located west of Irvine Blvd, south of Cultivate, north of Pusan, and east of Episode. 82 low-density homes […]

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In Memory of Irvine Champion Mary Ann Gaido

With great sadness Irvine loses a beloved leader, a titan of excellence, and a dedicated public servant whose service spans before Irvine’s incorporation in 1971, Mary Ann Gaido. As Councilwoman in 1977, Mary Ann directed the City to purchase the Cattle Camp land in Bommer Canyon for public use. If you ever visit or hike […]

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Skyrocketing Housing Costs. What Can Be Done?

On Thursday, July 20, 2023, the Planning Commission heard a presentation on Irvine’s affordable housing needs. The entire Powerpoint presentation can be viewed here; it provided eye-opening data on Irvine’s affordable housing needs, which resulted from factors including market rate housing and business growth. The graph below shows how market rate housing creates a demand […]

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