• October 16, 2021
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Planning Commission

Opinion: And So The Great Park Name Change Process Begins But We Are Still Left Wondering Why

Great Park Name Change So now we are beginning the tasks needed to complete the Orange County Great Park name change that was approved by the City Council on August 10, 2021, by a vote of 4 to 1, with Council Member Larry Agran dissenting. At the September 16, 2021 (agenda item 3) the Planning […]

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Court Throws Out City of Irvine’s Approval of Gemdale Development’s 2400 Barranca Office Project

Updated with photo of proposed architectural plans above.  By Edmond M. Connor Connor, Fletcher & Hedenkamp LLP Ruling in IBC Business Owners for Sensible Development v. City of Irvine, et. al. IRVINE, Calif. (August 30, 2021) – In a victory for long-established business owners in the Irvine Business Complex (“IBC”), Orange County Superior Court Judge […]

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Checking Up On Irvine’s General Plan

Irvine’s General Plan, as per State mandate, was created in 1973, to present Irvine’s long range plan for the development, improvement and preservation of the city. It has been periodically updated ever since. Irvine is currently working on a comprehensive General Plan update which will refine the City’s goals and objectives and reflect changes required […]

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City Adds Affordable Housing Support Policies and Services to the Housing Element Update

8/5/21 Planning Commission Meeting, Agenda Item 4 At the 7/15/21 Planning Commission Meeting, Commissioners requested that the Community development staff add policies and programs to the Housing Element Update for the purpose of strengthening support for affordable housing renters and owners and submit the changes to the 8/5/21 Planning Commission meeting for review and decision […]

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Bringing More Affordable Housing To Irvine

General Plan Housing Element Update Under State Law, every 8 years, each California city is assigned a share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for affordable housing in their district. RHNA housing assignments are divided up into 4 income categories based on percentage of Area Median Income (AMI). The income categories are 1. Extremely […]

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Transportation Commission Approves Great Park Traffic Study, Setting Stage for Thursday Planning Commission Action on FivePoint Condos

At a Tuesday afternoon special meeting, the Irvine Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve a traffic study finding that FivePoint’s proposed construction of 773 condominiums in the Great Park Neighborhoods would not generate sufficient traffic to require street improvements at intersections and arterial roadway segments. The approval sets the stage for Planning Commission consideration of […]

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Transportation Commission Calls Tuesday Special Meeting to Expedite FivePoint Approvals

The Irvine Transportation Commission will hold a special meeting in the City Council Chamber at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, to vote on approval of a study minimizing traffic impacts of nearly 800 future condominium units proposed by FivePoint for the Great Park Neighborhoods. Public comments may be made in person, via Zoom, or […]

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[Opinion] Woodbury and Cypress Village’s Density Going to Portola Springs. Will There Be a Public Benefit in Exchange?

The Irvine Company is seeking a zoning change allowing the transfer of housing density from Woodbury (Planning Area 9) and Cypress Village (Planning Area 50) to Portola Springs (Planning Area 5) at the Tuesday, April  27, 2021 City Council meeting, agenda item 4.2. Density transfers involve ensuring that the transfers are consistent with General Plan […]

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Zoning Ordinance May Impact Parking Availability in Irvine’s Older Villages and Improved Cell Reception Coming to Woodbridge

The residents of Irvine’s villages have been experiencing increases in traffic and inadequate parking. Zoning ordinance upgrades and a wireless communication facility are on the agenda for the April 21, 2021 Planning Commission meeting. Agenda Item 1:  Zoning Ordinance Technical Update Though Irvine’s zoning ordinances were, and should continue to be,  created to support the […]

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Irvine Begins Housing Element Update Process

On February 9, 2021, the Irvine city council held a virtual public meeting to discuss the current Housing Element Update process. This scoping session provided the council and public with information about the Housing Element, Irvine’s new Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation, and the actions and timelines required by the State of California. What is […]

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