• October 29, 2020
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Development

New ARDA Site Land Lease Agreements Hidden From Public View  

City Council Supplemental Agenda Consent Items Agenda Consent items are voted on by City Council members without public presentation or discussion unless ”pulled out” by a Council member or member of the public by means of a public comment or e-Comment. When “pulled out”, agenda items are not presented to the public. City Council members […]

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What’s New With the Veterans’ Cemetery, Pretend City, Holiday Faire, & LIFOC Western Sector Cleared For Clean-up And Redevelopment

Great Park Board Meeting Agenda Agenda Item 1.2:  Project Development Report Update  Veterans’ Cemetery: The State hired Huitt-Zollers Consulting to evaluate the ARDA and Golf Course sites. The technical studies are be prepared and are to be completed by May 2021. Pretend City: The capital campaign is ongoing.  The concept plans are due April 2021. […]

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UC Irvine Medical Campus Public Hearing – Monday, 10/19

UCI is moving forward with their plan to build an integrated medical complex providing inpatient, ambulatory, and emergency care services. The 14.5 acre campus site is adjacent to the Irvine Business Complex. It’s bound by Campus Drive and Jamboree Road, and will be next to the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Primary vehicular  access to the […]

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Irvine Train Station: One-Mile Radius Access Improvement Project

Serving over a million commuters annually, the Irvine Train Station is the busiest train station in Orange County. The Irvine Station currently serves as a loading and off-loading location for Amtrak and Metrolink passenger rail riders. In addition, the Irvine Station is a hub for  Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) rail-feeder bus services as well […]

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Opinion: Great Park Planning – More Participation and Data Needed

Green dot = On schedule Yellow dot = Under review   The Cultural Terrace is 223 acres of undeveloped city land located in the southern section of the Great Park that is intended for a variety of cultural attractions. The five Great Park Board members act as both the principal developers and decision makers for […]

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Opinion: An Overlooked Option in the Growth Debate

Large shopping centers can be redeveloped to create mixed-use districts where cars are unnecessary.   Way back in 1988, before Westpark Plaza was built, an Irvine teacher signing a slow-growth “Traffic Control” petition said, “I think we live in an area that is just becoming more and more crowded, and we have to preserve our […]

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Opinion: Council-Approved Massive Development Project Threatens to Overwhelm Barranca Pkwy

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Irvine City Council voted 3-2 to deny the appeal filed against the Gemdale project on 2400 Barranca Parkway. The appeal was filed by Hale Holding LLC, the owner of the adjacent property. Voting against the appeal were Farrah Khan, Mike Carroll, and Anthony Kuo. Christina Shea and Melissa Fox […]

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FivePoint Under Pressure to Begin Attending Great Park Board Meetings; Numerous Items on July 28th Agenda

On Tuesday, July 28th, the Great Park Board will take a look at the progress going on in the park as well as future projects. This will be one of the last meetings for Great Park Executive Director John Russo, who is leaving in September for family reasons. The Board has not yet publicly discussed […]

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New Affordable Housing Community Coming to Irvine

  The Irvine Community Land Trust (Land Trust) is growing their portfolio of affordable housing communities for our city with the addition of Native Spring, a 68-unit permanently affordable home ownership project located in Portola Springs, which goes before the Planning Commission for approval tonight. The Native Spring development is on property conveyed by the […]

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Planning Commission Decision Being Appealed By Neighboring Business Owners

A decision of the Planning Commission is being appealed by a property owner located next to the proposed project and a group called Supporters’ Alliance for Environmental Responsibility. The appeal will be heard before the City Council on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The City Council can affirm, deny, modify, or send it back to the […]

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