• April 12, 2024

Planning Commission

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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FivePoint Seeks Approval of 1,174 Homes in the Great Park Neighborhoods

FivePoint, on behalf of Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC, is seeking approval for 1,174 homes and a park plan modification in the Great Park Neighborhoods at this Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting at 5:30PM. The 1,174 homes will consist of 1,062 market-rate condominium units and 112 affordable apartment units. FivePoint received entitlements (approval) to build a […]

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Great Park

FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlement Numbers: A Loop Hole, Principles, Looking Back/Looking Forward

Today, our  journey of understanding the Great Park entitlement numbers and development history ends. This is the seventh and last article in this series. In the most recent previous article in this series, we saw how FivePoint’s homebuilding entitlement numbers nearly doubled. Today, we will see how a loop hole further increased FivePoint homebuilding entitlement […]

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New Orchard Hills Development Moves Forward, With Contingencies

On November 4, 2021, the Irvine City Planning Commission voted 4-1 to approve The Irvine Company’s tentative tract map and master landscape plan for Neighborhood Four of Orchard Hills, situated a little over a half-mile away from an asphalt plant. The Planning Commission was originally going to decide on October 21, but the matter was […]

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