• April 20, 2021
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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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