• November 20, 2019
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City Council Special Meeting | The Irvine Company Mini Warehouse Proposal

The Irvine Company is requesting to shift remaining development intensity from one land use category to another within the same planning areas to allow for future mini-warehouse use.  The affected planning areas are Cypress Village East (Marine Way/Ridge Valley) and Spectrum 5 (Irvine Center Drive/Wald Street). Scoping Session The City Council is holding a scoping […]

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Free Great Park Balloon Rides?

The Great Park Balloon Sponsorship Agreement (“Agreement”) between the City of Irvine and Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC (FivePoint) is on the Great Park Board agenda for Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  If approved, FivePoint will support the operation and maintenance of the balloon for the next five years in return for sponsorship rights. Sponsorship terms […]

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Important: Comprehensive Update on Key Great Park Features

This Tuesday will be the first comprehensive community update on the Orange County Great Park Developments in over a year. This important meeting will take place on October 22, 2019 at 1:00pm in Council Chamber. The public will get to see what projects the Great Park Board (City Council) has been working on and if […]

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Change of Plans for District 1-South – FivePoint X

Before the Planning Commission votes on the proposal for FivePoint X this Thursday, October 17, 2019 (click here for FivePoint X plans), here is some background on this parcel of land consistently referred to as “District 1-South” of the Great Park Neighborhoods. History On December 17, 2015, the Planning Commission approved the 1st Amended tract […]

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Planning Commission: FivePoint X and ARDA

The next Planning Commission meeting is Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 pm. Here are two items that might be of interest to you. For the entire agenda, please click here.    The below map shows the relative positioning of the Orange County Great Park features.   Agenda Item 5: Plans for Commercial Center, FivePoint X Learn more […]

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Op-Ed: Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce Sets Transparency Example for City

On January 22nd and September 24th, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce gave several informative presentations to the City Council on how economic opportunities and growth have been enhanced by this partnership. Our residents expect this level of organizational transparency from our City as well.   When the new City Manager came onboard just over […]

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Planning Commission Zones for a Gym, Will Neighborhood Retail Follow? (Transcript Excerpts & Video)

These are excerpts from the two-hour Planning Commission meeting of October 3, 2019.  A highlight of the meeting was a dialogue on whether the Irvine Village Concept would be better implemented in new Irvine communities. The specific item on the Agenda appeared innocuous – a FivePoint parcel of land along Irvine Boulevard. The Commission considered […]

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Great Park Neighborhoods Lose a Food Hall But Gain a Luxury Fitness Center

Present Chair Dustin Nirschl (Appointed by Melissa Fox) Chair Pro Tempore Jeff Pierson (Appointed by Michael Carroll) Commissioner Stephen Huang (Appointed by Farrah Khan) Commissioner Christine Knowland (Appointed by Anthony Kuo) Absent Vice Chair Greg Smith (Appointed by Christina Shea) On October 3, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 3-1 (Commissioner Knowland opposed; Commissioner Smith absent) […]

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Great Park Neighborhoods: Two Hotels and Luxury Fitness Center To Be Decided On

LifeTime Fitness Center Tonight at 5:30pm the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in Council Chambers on an application submitted by FivePoint for LifeTime Fitness, a luxury fitness center. According to the Staff Report, here are the details: 3-story building resort-style health club 4-story parking structure. Entrance to the parking structure on Irvine Blvd. […]

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Op-Ed: Protect the Irvine Village Concept in Neighborhoods Near Great Park

New neighborhoods near the northern edge of the Great Park lack village-style shopping nearby. To date, the developers have not implemented the “Irvine Village” system – in which housing, parks, schools, and shopping are all within a village. The City has a brief window of time to step in and require plans for the area […]

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