• March 30, 2020
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Development

Orange County Great Park Board – Keeping Residents In The Dark

There are serious transparency questions around hundreds of millions of extra tax dollars Great Park Neighborhood homeowners pay to finance the Great Park. The Voice of OC wrote a three-part series which Mayor Shea openly criticized in today’s article, Irvine City Council Expands Bond Indebtedness For Great Park Neighborhoods. From the dias, Mayor Shea stated […]

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Great Park Residents Pay Special Tax

Great Park Neighborhood residents may want to attend the City Council meeting tomorrow night, March 10th. The Council is holding a public hearing to notify us that the City and the developer of the Great Park Neighborhoods, FivePoint, have agreed to the formation of a new special tax district within the Great Park Community Facilities […]

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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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Veterans Cemetery Update: No Money to Study Golf Course Site

Wondering what the status is on the State Veterans Cemetery at the Golf Course Site? At the February 25, 2020 Great Park Board meeting, Mayor Shea explained that the study of the golf course site has not even begun. According to Mayor Shea, the $500k needed for the study of the golf course site has […]

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Great Park Vision Now For Sale?

The Great Park Board of Directors will consider hiring a consultant to develop and implement a Sponsorship Program for the Great Park to attract sponsors and advertisers. However, based on the timeline of events, it appears that this decision was made long ago. The request for proposals to select a firm for implementation was released […]

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Irvine Assigned 22,803 Residential Units – How Should We Plan For It?

The State is requiring Irvine to plan for 22,803 additional housing units over the next eight-year period. This is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA” pronounced “reena”) allocation handed down to Irvine for its “fair share” to address Orange County’s housing needs. The city was assigned a RHNA of 12,149 units in the last cycle. […]

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Do IBC Residents Need Additional Retail?

During the February 4, 2010 Transportation Commission meeting, city staff will present a proposal to amend Irvine’s zoning ordinance in the Irvine Business Complex (“IBC”). The amendment would provide an incentive for developers to build additional retail in the IBC. The incentive would consist of reducing the “Developer Retail Development Intensity Value” fees and costs […]

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Irvine Ranks 11th on the List of Fastest Growing American Cities

It’s no surprise to many residents that Irvine’s population has grown. In fact, Irvine has grown by 21% over the last eight years and according to an article published in November 2019,  Irvine is ranked #11 in the country!   Here is the list of American cities that have grown the most since 2010: The […]

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Finance Commission Hears Economic Development Update

  Economic Development Manager Kaitlyn Nguyen, provided her first update on the City’s economic development efforts during the November 18, 2019 Finance Commission meeting. The new position was created by City Manager Russo last year to help oversee City economic development efforts.  Two items of note from the report: Business Attraction The city is looking […]

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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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