• June 13, 2024
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Development

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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Mayor Khan Proposes Program to Accelerate Tech Growth

Mayor Farrah Khan is proposing that the City partner with venture capital firm Sunstone Management in the creation of a nonprofit entity to accelerate the growth of high-tech startups in Irvine. The proposal is Item 6.3 on the City Council agenda for Tuesday, September 12. Khan’s memo to City Manager Oliver Chi states: “In concept, […]

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Much Desired Food, Beverage and Retail Planned for Great Park

Irvine to Consider Ambitious Plans for Food and Beverage at Great Park The Great Park Board returns this Tuesday with a big item pertaining to Great Park food and beverage services.  City staff proposes to: Develop an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Frontier Real Estate Investments, LLC (aka Almquist), relating to Great Park food and beverage […]

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The Mystery Of The Missing Transit

Opinion: The Mystery of the Missing Transit

On either side of Irvine Blvd, east of the 133, is a transit-oriented development. Or that’s what the zoning map says, anyway: Figure 1: From the Irvine Zoning Map, a “Transit Oriented Development” It is part of a larger area composed of parts of the Great Park neighborhoods and Portola Springs. At the time of […]

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Irvine’s Master Planning Has a Long Way to Go: The Walkability Problem

Opinion: Irvine’s Master Planning Has a Long Way to Go: The Walkability Problem

Correcting an Outright Failure in Irvine’s Master Planning: Introducing Human-Scale Design into Communities Designed for the Scale of Automotive Travel There is much to love about Irvine. It’s safe, clean, and has great schools, and I’m especially proud of the vast open spaces it has protected from development and the urban forest that permeates the […]

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City Council Agenda for June 13, 2023

City Council Agenda Highlights For June 13, 2023

City Council Regular Meeting There will be a variety of items that will be discussed by the City Council at its upcoming meeting. The main item will be the 2023-2025 financial budget. The meeting will take place at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 13th in the Irvine City Council Chambers. Some standouts of the agenda […]

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Patrick Strader talking in front of the Irvine City Council

Lobbyist Patrick Strader Involved with Live Nation and USA Waterpolo Negotiations at Great Park

Why does Irvine City Councilmember Kathleen Treseder ask about Patrick Strader during public Council meetings? The casual observer may notice Treseder pepper City Manager Oliver Chi with that question when discussing the Great Park Live Nation Amphitheater and USA Water Polo aquatics facility projects. Chi’s response is often short and uncomfortable. The reason Treseder asks […]

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City Council Agenda Highlights for March 28, 2023

The City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, will consider several important proposals. Will the Council vote to issue $1 billion in bonds to fund Great Park development? What is the City doing to preserve existing affordable housing units? Will the Council override the recommendation of the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee and approve a […]

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City Council Agenda Highlights for March 14, 2023

The City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, will consider a number of important proposals. Will Irvine opt out of OCPA? Councilmember Kim repackages her district map commission proposal for another Council vote. Will Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum finally receive the funding to begin the move-in process? Final approval of changes to the Council […]

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Amphitheater

City Council Meets in Tuesday Special Session to Consider Amphitheater Options

“Wait for the day you’ll go away / Knowing that you warned me / Of the price I’d have to pay” —Gary B. White, Long Long Time (performed by Linda Ronstadt) The Irvine City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. to consider whether to pursue further negotiations with […]

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