• June 20, 2019
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Development

OP-ED: Future of The Racquet Club of Irvine Threatened by Possible Sale to Real Estate Developer

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Why Didn’t the Irvine Pedestrian Cross the Road?

Photo: Irvine Transportation Department and Commission Online Masthead Image Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because it was terrified.* To make this more relevant to Irvine, let’s ask this question: Why aren’t there more pedestrians in Irvine making trips to stores or other nearby locations instead of using a car? Answer: Because it is […]

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3/26 City Council Meeting: Additional 1,056 Homes in Great Park Approved

Present: Mayor Wagner Councilmember Shea Councilmember Fox Councilmember Khan Councilmember Kuo 1,056 More Homes Approved for the Great Park Neighborhoods The Council approved (4-1 with Mayor Pro Tem Shea opposed) another 1,056 market rate homes for FivePoint based on a request they made to the City back in April of 2018. FivePoint recognized a policy […]

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Great Park Board Meeting – State Veterans Cemetery & Natural History Museum

Directors Present: Mayor Wagner Councilmember Shea Councilmember Fox Councilmember Khan Councilmember Kuo Does anybody know what the plans are for the Great Park? Do you feel there’s a lack of community involvement? Jeanne Baran talks about the lack of transparency in the planning & design of the Great Park: At the 3/26 Great Park Board […]

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Our Next Mayor Off to a Great Start – Loophole Closed!

“It’s double dipping to me… it should either be additive or density bonus” — not both. – Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea brought a motion to close the loophole that enabled developers to “double dip” on additive and density bonus incentives. Councilmember Farrah Khan seconded […]

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Big Agenda Items for 3/26 City Council Meeting

The following describes what is on the agenda for tomorrow’s March 26th City Council meeting. Please consider attending to bid farewell to Mayor Wagner who has served our city since 2016. Regular Meeting Agenda Items (4PM): The “boarding house” enforcement ordinance (AGENDA ITEM 3.11) is back before the Council for a 2nd reading. Will we see the […]

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3/21/19 Planning Commission Meeting Highlights

Commissioners Present: Michael Carroll (Kuo) Steven Huang (Khan) Dustin Nirschl (Fox) Jeff Pierson (Wagner) Greg Smith (Shea) 2019 Circulation Phasing Task Force Commissioner Smith (Shea) was voted in (5-0) to serve as the planning commission representative to the 2019 Circulation Phasing Task Force. The 2019 task force includes Finance commissioner Jim Shute (Shea), Transportation commissioner Steve Greenberg […]

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More Housing in the Great Park: A Done Deal…Unless You Act!

On March 7th, the Planning Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the FivePoint Master Affordable Housing Plan. This approval results in a green light for FivePoint to build an extra 1,056 more market-rate residential units for a total of 10,556 residential homes in the Great Park Neighborhoods. Despite the meetings’ Public Speakers expressing concerns over traffic, […]

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3/5/19 – Transportation Commission Meeting Highlights

Present were: Rose Casey (temporarily Khan) Steve Greenberg (Shea) Christine Knowland (Kuo) Ken Montgomery (Fox) Carrie O’Malley (Wagner) Everything you would want to know about traffic studies Staff report presented by Sun-Sun Murillo: There are different types of traffic studies depending on the nature of development project described in the development application. The different types […]

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3/7/19 Planning Commission Meeting Highlights

Commissioners Present: Michael Carroll (Kuo) Steven Huang (Khan) Dustin Nirschl (Fox) Jeff Pierson (Wagner) Greg Smith (Shea) Highlights: Heritage Fields’ request for approval to amend their contract with the city with regards to their development project in Area 51 of the Great Park sheds light on how limited commissioners and city council members are with […]

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