• December 7, 2021
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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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Irvine Is Appealing Its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

The City of Irvine has appealed its share of regional housing proposed to be allocated under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) adopted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The city is requesting a reduction of 8,259 total units from the final draft RHNA allocation of 23,554. SCAG is a metropolitan planning organization that is required by […]

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New Affordable Housing Community Coming to Irvine

  The Irvine Community Land Trust (Land Trust) is growing their portfolio of affordable housing communities for our city with the addition of Native Spring, a 68-unit permanently affordable home ownership project located in Portola Springs, which goes before the Planning Commission for approval tonight. The Native Spring development is on property conveyed by the […]

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Increasing City Attorney Contract $45,000, Priorities for Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention & Service Need Grants, and COVID-19 Response Update

City Council Meeting on May 26, 2020 at 4 PM Supplemental Agenda e-Comment Watch Livestream Consent Calendar Items: Consent Items are not be presented to the public or discussed unless a board member requests discussion of the item or a member of the public submits an e-Comment or public comment regarding the agenda item. Item […]

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Planning Commission to Revisit Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Regulations

Planning Commission – May 7, 2020, 5:30PM Agenda Click to submit eComment The City is getting one step closer to adopting new accessory dwelling unit (ADU) zoning regulations starting with this Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission is required to update Irvine’s zoning code pertaining to accessory dwelling units (ADUs), to align with new […]

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City Takes Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) To The Next Level – Planning Commission to Approve New Standards

Covid-19 Update: The Planning Commission meeting on April 2, 2020, will be available through Webex as well as a dial-in conference call line. All information can be found on the City website. Planning Commission – April 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Link to eComment Do you wish there were more affordable rental options available […]

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