• April 10, 2020
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Great Park Residents Pay Special Tax

Great Park Neighborhood residents may want to attend the City Council meeting tomorrow night, March 10th. The Council is holding a public hearing to notify us that the City and the developer of the Great Park Neighborhoods, FivePoint, have agreed to the formation of a new special tax district within the Great Park Community Facilities […]

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An “Olympic Village” at Great Park?

Like pieces of a puzzle, elements of the western portion of the Great Park are coming together. The Great Park Ice facility is already a venue for Team USA and U.S. Figure Skating.  USA Water Polo headquarters and a multi-pool facility are to be built next door. A sports field house is planned adjacent to […]

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Land Use Conflict Stalls County Development Plans

The County has two project sites in Irvine with development plans that were approved and received certified final Environmental Impact Reports (“EIR”), but a dispute over the project descriptions and proposed land uses have them tied up in complex litigation. OC Register | Graham and Voice of OC | Custodio & Gerda The El Toro […]

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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 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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Great Park Balloon, Great Park Operations Building and more!

This Tuesday, September 24, the Great Park Board and City Council will be meeting. Here are some notable items: Great Park Board Agenda http://irvine.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=74&event_id=1503 The Great Park Balloon lives another month!  The Board will be voting to approve the extension of the balloon operations for an additional 30 days. The cost to extend the balloon […]

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Op-Ed: Some (Very) Basic Information about FivePoint

Introduction Five Point Holdings LLC (“Five Point”) is one of two primary developers in Irvine. The other is Irvine Company. In this article, we examine basic facts about Five Point. This is just a little of the information a potential investor would routinely look into before investing. Our goal is not to be critical, but simply to […]

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3/7/19 Planning Commission Meeting Highlights

Commissioners Present: Michael Carroll (Kuo) Steven Huang (Khan) Dustin Nirschl (Fox) Jeff Pierson (Wagner) Greg Smith (Shea) Highlights: Heritage Fields’ request for approval to amend their contract with the city with regards to their development project in Area 51 of the Great Park sheds light on how limited commissioners and city council members are with […]

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