• November 18, 2019
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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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Veterans Cemetery Timeline

2014 March 11, 2014 – Approved having a cemetery in the Orange County Great Park (Resolution 14-27) The Council acted to: 1.   Support the passage of State Assembly Bill 1453 for a State owned and State operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County. Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva sponsored the bill; and 2.   Express its […]

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Vibrant Hotel and Commercial Center To Make The Great Park A “National Amenity”

In related news, on October 22, 2019, the City Council approved (4-0 with Fox absent) the funding, design and construction for two OC Great Park attractions – a USA Water Polo Center, a Fieldhouse Sports Facility for super regional volleyball and basketball tournaments, and a parking structure. This City development project will be adjacent to […]

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Great Park Developments Picking Up Speed

Today, October 22nd at 1pm, the community will receive the first of a series of monthly Great Park development updates — something the public has requested for over a year. After a presentation from City Manager John Russo, the City Council will discuss their goals and vision for the Great Park. Then at 4pm tonight, […]

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Free Great Park Balloon Rides?

The Great Park Balloon Sponsorship Agreement (“Agreement”) between the City of Irvine and Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC (FivePoint) is on the Great Park Board agenda for Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  If approved, FivePoint will support the operation and maintenance of the balloon for the next five years in return for sponsorship rights. Sponsorship terms […]

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Important: Comprehensive Update on Key Great Park Features

This Tuesday will be the first comprehensive community update on the Orange County Great Park Developments in over a year. This important meeting will take place on October 22, 2019 at 1:00pm in Council Chamber. The public will get to see what projects the Great Park Board (City Council) has been working on and if […]

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Planning Commission: FivePoint X and ARDA

The next Planning Commission meeting is Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 pm. Here are two items that might be of interest to you. For the entire agenda, please click here.    The below map shows the relative positioning of the Orange County Great Park features.   Agenda Item 5: Plans for Commercial Center, FivePoint X Learn more […]

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Op-Ed: Protect the Irvine Village Concept in Neighborhoods Near Great Park

New neighborhoods near the northern edge of the Great Park lack village-style shopping nearby. To date, the developers have not implemented the “Irvine Village” system – in which housing, parks, schools, and shopping are all within a village. The City has a brief window of time to step in and require plans for the area […]

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Op-Ed: Cultural and Natural History Museum at the Great Park?

Orange County does not have a Cultural and Natural History Museum, but that may soon change. As a board member with the California Cultural Resources Preservation Alliance, Inc. (CCRPA) I am advocating for an OC Cultural and Natural History Museum in the Great Park. Our Museum Task Force has been working for several years on […]

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City’s Vision For Development At The Great Park

The public should get some much needed clarity around the vision for the Great Park property at the GP Board meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. The Irvine City Council, acting as the Great Park Board, has an item on the agenda to: Discuss how the planning process is proceeding on the development of the Great […]

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