• October 17, 2019
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Development

Attend Councilmember Carroll’s Town Hall on July 11 re: Proposed Rezoning of RCI Property

Newly appointed Irvine Councilmember Mike Carroll is hosting his first town hall meeting to hear resident concerns about the proposed redevelopment of the Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) site which is located at Culver & Michelson. The meeting is at: WHEN: Thursday, July 11th at 6:30pm to 8pm WHERE: Rancho Senior Center, 3 Ethel Coplen […]

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Save the Racquet Club of Irvine! NO General Plan Amendment!

Irvine Watchdog supports our neighbors in their fight to preserve and protect existing Irvine Villages and recreational facilities. KB Home is seeking a General Plan Amendment to change the zoning of the Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) from “Commercial Recreation to Medium-High Density Residential”. Volunteers for Irvine Watchdog have heard from residents in the adjacent […]

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

Recently, the owner of The Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) published a letter to the members of RCI notifying them of a potential sale of the club and land to a real estate developer.  RCI has been a fixture of recreation in Irvine for 45 years. The facility has 28 tennis courts, a junior salt […]

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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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