• May 25, 2022
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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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What’s Going to Happen to ARDA?

Now that the Golf Course is designated as the preferred site for the Veterans Cemetery, what happens to the ARDA site? In spite of the questionable decision-making process for choosing the site for the Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery, Mayor Shea and Councilmembers Khan, Kuo, and Carroll, voted for the Golf Course site rather than the […]

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4/23/19 Great Park Board Meeting – New Board Chair and Bee & Bosque Opening

Directors present: Christina Shea Melissa Fox Farrah Khan Anthony Kuo One of our resident’s discussing the Great Park and the planning process: Newly Elected Chair of Great Park Board Director Farrah Khan was unanimously elected Chairwoman of the Great Park Corporation Board. The Great Park Board meets before the City Council meeting on the fourth Tuesday […]

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At-Large Citizens on Great Park Board?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Irvine Watchdog or its volunteers. Irvine Watchdog welcomes all views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by Irvine residents and welcomes their posts for the Opinion section. We want to hear from you! If you would like to […]

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Great Park Board Meeting – State Veterans Cemetery & Natural History Museum

Directors Present: Mayor Wagner Councilmember Shea Councilmember Fox Councilmember Khan Councilmember Kuo Does anybody know what the plans are for the Great Park? Do you feel there’s a lack of community involvement? Jeanne Baran talks about the lack of transparency in the planning & design of the Great Park: At the 3/26 Great Park Board […]

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Our Next Mayor Off to a Great Start – Loophole Closed!

“It’s double dipping to me… it should either be additive or density bonus” — not both. – Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea brought a motion to close the loophole that enabled developers to “double dip” on additive and density bonus incentives. Councilmember Farrah Khan seconded […]

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3/18/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Commissioners present: Dale Cheema (Khan) Tanja Fournier (Kuo) Roger Sievers (Fox) Jim Shute (Shea) Russell Stein (Wagner) Orange County Great Park:    The financial plan for the Great Park was reviewed in detail. The Park operates using three funds which collect revenues and disburse money. Expenditures for the last 3 years have exceeded revenues. Revenues […]

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