• October 31, 2020
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Planning Commission

Backyard Building Boom?

STATE ELIMINATES ROADBLOCKS TO BRING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES Will California’s new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) laws create a backyard building boom? The State has eliminated roadblocks that could bring more affordable housing into our communities, but it may not be in a manner preferred by many homeowners. Curbed.com article Many new housing […]

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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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Planning Commission Approves Two Signs & 285 Residential Units In IBC

Attendance: Steve Huang Christine Knowland Jeff Pierson Greg Smith Absent: Dustin Nirschl On January 16, 2020, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the following: Two signs under the Sign Program: Electronic Message Center Monument Sign at the Merage Jewish Community Center, located at the end of the cul-de-sac on Federation Way. The sign will be operational […]

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Irvine Is Required to Help Meet The State’s Low Income Housing Needs. What Is Irvine’s Share?

Every 8 years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) determines the affordable housing needs for the state based on new growth projections and the existing need for housing. The state is divided into regions with each region being assigned a specific number of affordable housing units to construct. Irvine is located in […]

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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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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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