• July 15, 2024

Opinion: A Yes to the General Plan Housing Update Is a Yes to the Future of Irvine

Irvine Then and Now I moved to Irvine as a kid in 2009. At this point, it was a city in flux. No longer a patch of suburbs between orange groves, it was a growing city renowned for safety and good schools. The city had just hit 200,000 people, and it has been growing rapidly […]

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[NEW SERIES] Zooming In and Zooming Out on Housing: An Overview and the July 2022 Irvine Housing Numbers

This is the first article in this series in which we will zoom in and zoom out to look at Irvine housing issues. This will involve looking at the micro and macro factors of Irvine housing. The Micro of Housing: Irvine Home Prices At the micro level, we will zoom in on Irvine’s most recent […]

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City Council Greenlights Complex Workforce Housing Deals

On separate 3-1 votes, the Irvine City Council approved proposals to acquire the Toscana and Royce apartment complexes in the Irvine Business Complex (IBC) for use as middle-income “workforce housing,” giving staff a green light to negotiate the final details of the still-unfinished deals. Mayor Farrah Khan, Vice Mayor Anthony Kuo and Tammy Kim voted […]

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Great Park Board and City Council Meeting Upcoming Items

The Great Park Board and Irvine City Council will be meeting this Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Here are some noteworthy items. Great Park Board Meeting Great Park Development Progress Report The Great Park Board meeting agenda has two business items. The first, as usual, is the monthly Great Park Development Progress Report. This month’s Report […]

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Irvine Prepares to Spend $56 Million in Relief Funds; Seeks Public Input on How to Spend It

On September 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM, the City of Irvine Finance Commission will discuss their proposed spending plan, allowing for public comment on how to spend $56,433,217 in COVID-19 relief funds. On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. Approximately $45.6 billion of those relief funds […]

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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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Increasing City Attorney Contract $45,000, Priorities for Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention & Service Need Grants, and COVID-19 Response Update

City Council Meeting on May 26, 2020 at 4 PM Supplemental Agenda e-Comment Watch Livestream Consent Calendar Items: Consent Items are not be presented to the public or discussed unless a board member requests discussion of the item or a member of the public submits an e-Comment or public comment regarding the agenda item. Item […]

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Orchard Hills, Orange Tree Square Retail Center, and Montessori Child Care on Planning Commission Agenda For Tonight

Planning Commission – May 21, 2020, 5:30PM Agenda Click to Submit eComment The Planning Commission is meeting today at 5:30 pm and there are three public hearings. Residents can submit eComments and view the meeting via WebEx. Below are the public hearing items. Agenda Item #1 – Orchard Hills Located at the northern most section of […]

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City Takes Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) To The Next Level – Planning Commission to Approve New Standards

Covid-19 Update: The Planning Commission meeting on April 2, 2020, will be available through Webex as well as a dial-in conference call line. All information can be found on the City website. Planning Commission – April 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Link to eComment Do you wish there were more affordable rental options available […]

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Irvine Assigned 22,803 Residential Units – How Should We Plan For It?

The State is requiring Irvine to plan for 22,803 additional housing units over the next eight-year period. This is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA” pronounced “reena”) allocation handed down to Irvine for its “fair share” to address Orange County’s housing needs. The city was assigned a RHNA of 12,149 units in the last cycle. […]

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