The City of Irvine initially adopted its General Plan in 1972 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. The significant amount of land once available to accommodate growth is diminishing as the City proceeds toward build-out. As Irvine approaches build-out, the focus of the General Plan objectives and policies must be refocused to ensure that the high quality-of-life-factors that make Irvine exceptional are maintained for residents and businesses into the future.
Phase 1 of the Comprehensive General Plan Update (“the “Update”) commenced in 2015 and included extensive public outreach to identify community issues and priorities. Many of you responded to the first survey we circulated during this initial outreach.
We are in Phase 2 of the Update, during which we will develop a Planning Framework based on the input received in Phase 1. We have released a follow-up survey (“Survey #2”), which builds on the results of the Phase 1 survey by focusing on a draft Vision Statement, guiding principles, and goals/topical areas for the Update. The survey results will help finalize the Planning Framework, which will be presented to the community, Planning Commission and City Council for feedback in late 2017 (anticipated). The Planning Framework provides structure for the General Plan chapters and topics. This Planning Framework will be used as the basis to formulate a draft General Plan Update with specific goals, policies, programs and measures in 2018.