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.
- On December 17, 2015, the Planning Commission approved the 1st Amended tract map for District 1-South, Resolution #15-3490 (“2015 Resolution”). Click here for the Minutes.
- On October 17, 2019, the Planning Commission will vote on the 2nd Amended tract map for District 1-South, Resolution #19-3763 (“2019 Resolution”). Click here for the Agenda.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of what was approved in 2015 and what FivePoint would like approved this Thursday:The proposed hotels/non-residential (including extended stay) are indicated in blue on the map below.
Condition 2.37 from the 2015 Resolution states,
“The high level Master Plan(s) shall also be substantially in keeping
with the development vision for District 1-South indicated in Exhibit “A” to this resolution,
unless approved otherwise by Planning Commission.”
What is the “development vision” in Exhibit A? The below letter on FivePoint letterhead outlines “four complementary development characteristics” for District 1-South including,
“Daily Local – One to two-story local and neighborhood focused commercial
and innovative development in a low density setting.”
Susan SayreOctober 16, 2019 at 7:40 am
During the October 3, Planning Commission meeting, the plan for Great Park Neighborhood’s commercial center was scrapped and replaced by a plan to build a Luxury Life Time Fitness center and a 4 story parking lot. Members of the public complained that the 4 story parking lot would block residents’ views, would reduce their property values and would deprive the Great Park Neighborhoods residents of their neighborhood commercial center. When Commissioner Knowland asked if Five Point would provide Great Park Neighborhoods with a neighborhood commercial center, nodding vigorously, Patrick Strader promised the Great Park Neighborhoods residents that Five Point would provide their community with a neighborhood commercial center.
The Five Point mixed use commercial and business center which is to include 2 hotels, accessory retail, restaurants and entertainment venues is reportedly designed to both complement the Great Park amenities and service the neighboring residential communities. It is designed to support both tourists and residents. The Five Point Center will be located adjacent to the Great Park near the Great Park Ice rink and athletic fields. There will be pedestrian and bicycle pathways for tourists and residents to walk to and from the Center and to and from Great Park Amenities. Outdoor markets and food courts will be created for residents and tourists to mingle and hang out. This center is a fantastic compliment to the Great Park venues and amenities. But where are the district 1 north and district 4 “daily local neighborhood focused commercial centers” with electric charging stations for the residents of Great Park Neighborhoods that were approved in years past?
Five Point has discarded, with Irvine decision makers’ approval, Irvine’s Village master plan concept which provides small neighborhood commercial centers to village residents. Instead it appears that they have given priority to building a large commercial center that supports Irvine’s goal of motivating people to “shop Irvine and increase tourism” which would also favor Irvine’s business community as well as add to Irvine’s property tax and sales tax revenue stream.
Question: What are Five Point’s current plans for providing daily local focused commercial centers for Great Park Neighborhoods’ residents?
perite11October 21, 2019 at 10:33 am
Is there an update on what we discussed during the 10/17/2019 meeting? I was looking for documents on their website, but couldn’t find anything. Thank you
Susan SayreOctober 21, 2019 at 11:02 am
As far as I know, no new information has been publicized. The details for the design of the commercial center still have to be presented, discussed and approved and will be appearing on Commission Agendas in the future. Stay tuned!
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