• October 16, 2021
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Bringing More Affordable Housing To Irvine

General Plan Housing Element Update Under State Law, every 8 years, each California city is assigned a share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for affordable housing in their district. RHNA housing assignments are divided up into 4 income categories based on percentage of Area Median Income (AMI). The income categories are 1. Extremely […]

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Irvine Company Seeks to Add More Medium-High Density Residential Units in Los Olivos and Cypress Village. Has the City and The Irvine Company Worked Out a Public Benefit Agreement?

Irvine Company is requesting a General Plan Amendment (GPA) to change the land use designation for the villages of Los Olivos and Cypress Village and add more Medium-High Density residential units. This request comes just two days after the previous City Council meeting where the Councilmembers made it clear they want public benefits in exchange […]

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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 is […]

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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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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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Highlights from City Council Meeting (1/14/20)

Attendance: Mayor Shea Mayor Pro Tem Mike Carroll Councilmember Melissa Fox Councilmember Farrah Khan Councilmember Anthony Kuo Closed Session There was one reportable action coming out of closed session. Negotiations are continuing to move forward with Wild Rivers at the Great Park. Prices and terms are still being discussed. The City will provide further details […]

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City Council Agenda 1/14/20: Affordable Housing & Flavored Tobacco Products

2020 sees the beginning of a new Council year that will be under the direction of Mayor Christina Shea and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Carroll. The first City Council meeting of 2020 is tomorrow, January 14th at City Hall.  View the meeting agenda HERE.  Below are a few agenda items that may be of interest. […]

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Irvine Is Required to Help Meet The State’s Low Income Housing Needs. What Is Irvine’s Share?

Every 8 years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) determines the affordable housing needs for the state based on new growth projections and the existing need for housing. The state is divided into regions with each region being assigned a specific number of affordable housing units to construct. Irvine is located in […]

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State Housing Requirement May Prove Challenging for Irvine

General Plan The General Plan is a policy document for planning and development and it represents the community’s views for the long-range vision and goals for the city. Irvine is currently undergoing its first comprehensive update to its General Plan since 2000, when it was last updated. The plan update will incorporate changes required by […]

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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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