The City of Irvine initially adopted its General Plan in December 1973 and periodically updated and amended it over the ensuing years. The last Comprehensive Update occurred in 1999. Since 1999, the City has continued to grow at its historic rate and the community has matured and evolved. As Irvine matures and approaches its buildout conditions, the focus of the General Plan objectives and policies must be reexamined to ensure that the high quality-of-life-factors that make Irvine exceptional are maintained and enhanced for residents, businesses and visitors into the future.
Phase 1 of the Comprehensive General Plan Update (“the “Update”) commenced in 2015 and is nearing conclusion with the completion of the initial public outreach component and development of the Planning Framework that serves as the foundation to develop the update. Many of you participated in face-to-face events and stakeholder meetings as well as responded to the two surveys we circulated during this outreach. Survey 1 identified community issues and priorities, while follow-up Survey #2 built on the results of Survey #1 by focusing on the Vision, Guiding Principles, and goals/topical areas for the Update. Along with City Commission and City Council input and other public participation, the survey results will help finalize the high-level Planning Framework. The Planning Framework provides structure for the General Plan chapters and topics and will be used as the basis to formulate a draft General Plan Update with specific objectives, policies, and programs in 2018-2019.