• July 15, 2024
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Opinion: A Yes to the General Plan Housing Update Is a Yes to the Future of Irvine

Irvine Then and Now I moved to Irvine as a kid in 2009. At this point, it was a city in flux. No longer a patch of suburbs between orange groves, it was a growing city renowned for safety and good schools. The city had just hit 200,000 people, and it has been growing rapidly […]

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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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Notable Items on the City Council Agenda for February 28, 2023

The next meeting of the City of Irvine City Council is Tuesday February 28, 2023 at 4:00. Here are a few highlights from that agenda: Closed Session Item 1.1 – Public Employee Appointment: Director of Community Services Item 1.2 – Public Employee Appointment: Director of Project Delivery and Sustainability Consent Calendar Item 3.4 – Intent […]

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FivePoint Seeks Approval of 1,174 Homes in the Great Park Neighborhoods

FivePoint, on behalf of Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC, is seeking approval for 1,174 homes and a park plan modification in the Great Park Neighborhoods at this Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting at 5:30PM. The 1,174 homes will consist of 1,062 market-rate condominium units and 112 affordable apartment units. FivePoint received entitlements (approval) to build a […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Initial Homebuilding Numbers Plus a Bonus Density

Photo: The Original Plan for the Great Park, 2005-2006 “Entitlements are legal rights conveyed by approvals from governmental entities to develop a property… . Entitlements can be a major factor in the ultimate use, viability, and value of your property.“—Urban Land Institute In the previous article in this series, I wrote about the defeat of […]

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Irvine Community Land Trust’s First For-Sale Homes Coming Soon

Sixty-eight homes available. Over 5,000 hopeful homeowners. At the June 21 Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) meeting, the ICLT board discussed the progress of what will be ICLT’s first for-sale housing development. All previous ICLT developments have been rentals. Over 5,000 people have registered as potential homeowners in this new townhome development. However, only sixty-eight […]

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Irvine Begins Housing Element Update Process

On February 9, 2021, the Irvine city council held a virtual public meeting to discuss the current Housing Element Update process. This scoping session provided the council and public with information about the Housing Element, Irvine’s new Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation, and the actions and timelines required by the State of California. What is […]

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Irvine Community Land Trust Updates Including Affordable Housing in Portola Springs and Cypress Village

The Irvine Community Land Trust (Land Trust) is a non-profit affordable housing company. While it is not a city commission, it is 100% funded with taxpayer dollars, and the City of Irvine invests approximately $10 million in the organization annually. The Irvine Watchdog regularly monitors and reports on the Land Trust’s activities to ensure transparency, […]

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Planning for Affordable Housing, Energy Solutions, and Climate Action

Irvine City Council Meeting — November 10, 2020 at 4PM Presentations:  There will be two presentations. No agenda documents provided. Silverado Fire Update Community Choice Energy   Consent Calendar Agenda: Consent calendar items are not presented or discussed unless “pulled out” by a City Council Member or member of the public by means of an […]

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