• October 17, 2019
  •  

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 […]

Read More

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) […]

Read More

Op-Ed: RCI Cost of Victory

An important victory was achieved at the August 13, 2019 Irvine City Council meeting when the City Council unanimously agreed to maintain the current zoning of the Racquet Club of Irvine. The Racquet Club of Irvine is a family run business on 9.2 acres, located at 5 Ethel Coplen Way. The subject property is zoned […]

Read More
Public Meeting

Meeting (8/22) Set to Discuss Housing Needs in Irvine & Region

Irvine residents are encouraged to attend a public hearing this Thursday, August 22 at Irvine City Hall from 1-3 pm, to give public or written comments to SCAG — a consortium of leaders from six counties — addressing how housing supply issues in the region both existing and future can be met. Comments can be […]

Read More

Racquet Club of Irvine – KB Homes Wants to Make a Deal

KB Home & Spearman hired Government Solutions to help facilitate talks with neighbors adjacent to the Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI).  An invitation to a “Community Meeting” was circulated to communities surrounding RCI and was held on August 7, 2019.  It’s not clear if the invitation was extended to the greater communities such as RCI members or […]

Read More

Save the Racquet Club of Irvine! NO General Plan Amendment!

Irvine Watchdog supports our neighbors in their fight to preserve and protect existing Irvine Villages and recreational facilities. KB Home is seeking a General Plan Amendment to change the zoning of the Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) from “Commercial Recreation to Medium-High Density Residential”. Volunteers for Irvine Watchdog have heard from residents in the adjacent […]

Read More

Another Big Give-Away to FivePoint?

FivePoint appears to be taking advantage of a loophole in the General Plan intended to provide more affordable housing. How? By asking our City Council to reclassify 1,056 “affordable homes” to “affordable” and “additive”. Let us explain. Loophole: The loophole is found in the General Plan Land Use element for classifying certain new development. By […]

Read More

11/15/18 Planning Commission Meeting Highlights

Present: Anthony Kuo (Wagner)Dustin Nirschl (Fox)John Doung (Lalloway)Patty Bartlett (Schott)Greg Smith (Shea) 1. Quail Hill – Upgraded Signage Quail Hill HOA and the Irvine Company have designed new Quail Hill village signage which will be tallerand wider than the current signs. They will be consistent with signage that exists throughout the city. 2. Proposal for Updating […]

Read More

11/15/18 Planning Commission Agenda

The Planning Commission meets this Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 pm in City Hall.  Here is a LINK  to the Planning Commission agenda. The two main agenda items will be: Boarding Houses Zoning Code Amendment Regulating Boarding Houses A zoning amendment is being proposed by the City to help with code enforcement actions on residential properties that […]

Read More

Subscribe Now