• October 17, 2019
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Planning Commission

Change of Plans for District 1-South – FivePoint X

Before the Planning Commission votes on the proposal for FivePoint X this Thursday, October 17, 2019 (click here for FivePoint X plans), here is some background on this parcel of land consistently referred to as “District 1-South” of the Great Park Neighborhoods. History On December 17, 2015, the Planning Commission approved the 1st Amended tract […]

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Planning Commission: FivePoint X and ARDA

The next Planning Commission meeting is Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 pm. Here are two items that might be of interest to you. For the entire agenda, please click here.    The below map shows the relative positioning of the Orange County Great Park features.   Agenda Item 5: Plans for Commercial Center, FivePoint X Learn more […]

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Planning Commission Zones for a Gym, Will Neighborhood Retail Follow? (Transcript Excerpts & Video)

These are excerpts from the two-hour Planning Commission meeting of October 3, 2019.  A highlight of the meeting was a dialogue on whether the Irvine Village Concept would be better implemented in new Irvine communities. The specific item on the Agenda appeared innocuous – a FivePoint parcel of land along Irvine Boulevard. The Commission considered […]

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Great Park Neighborhoods Lose a Food Hall But Gain a Luxury Fitness Center

Present Chair Dustin Nirschl (Appointed by Melissa Fox) Chair Pro Tempore Jeff Pierson (Appointed by Michael Carroll) Commissioner Stephen Huang (Appointed by Farrah Khan) Commissioner Christine Knowland (Appointed by Anthony Kuo) Absent Vice Chair Greg Smith (Appointed by Christina Shea) On October 3, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 3-1 (Commissioner Knowland opposed; Commissioner Smith absent) […]

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Great Park Neighborhoods: Two Hotels and Luxury Fitness Center To Be Decided On

LifeTime Fitness Center Tonight at 5:30pm the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in Council Chambers on an application submitted by FivePoint for LifeTime Fitness, a luxury fitness center. According to the Staff Report, here are the details: 3-story building resort-style health club 4-story parking structure. Entrance to the parking structure on Irvine Blvd. […]

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Op-Ed: Protect the Irvine Village Concept in Neighborhoods Near Great Park

New neighborhoods near the northern edge of the Great Park lack village-style shopping nearby. To date, the developers have not implemented the “Irvine Village” system – in which housing, parks, schools, and shopping are all within a village. The City has a brief window of time to step in and require plans for the area […]

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Great Park Balloon, Great Park Operations Building and more!

This Tuesday, September 24, the Great Park Board and City Council will be meeting. Here are some notable items: Great Park Board Agenda http://irvine.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=74&event_id=1503 The Great Park Balloon lives another month!  The Board will be voting to approve the extension of the balloon operations for an additional 30 days. The cost to extend the balloon […]

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Op-Ed: Why Have A Transportation Commission If They Are Not Asked To Evaluate Traffic Impact Reports For Development Projects?

During a recent Planning Commission meeting, Vice Chair Smith voiced a notable concern. The traffic report for the development project being discussed, which was found to have an impact on traffic circulation, was never referred to the Transportation Commission for evaluation and approval. What is the purpose of the Transportation Commission if not to evaluate […]

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Innovation Park Office Campus Approved at Sand Canyon and I-5 Freeway

Attendees: Stephen Huang (Khan) Christine Knowland (Kuo) Dustin Nirschl (Fox) Greg Smith (Shea) Absent: Jeff Pierson (Carroll) On August 1, 2019, the Planning Commission approved the Irvine Company proposal for Innovation Park, a multi-building entrepreneurial style office campus on 35 acres (of 70-acres) on the former Traveland USA site. The office campus will have a […]

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Opinion: Start Planning Now!

Are you fed up with out-of-control traffic on Irvine streets? Are you tired of circling around and around to find a parking spot? Let’s take action to get our city to start planning for the future now! The City Council is doing a great job of protecting our villages from development projects that adversely affect […]

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