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 2000. Since 2000, the City has continued to grow at its historic rate and the community has matured and evolved. As Irvine matures, 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. Many of you participated in face-to-face events and stakeholder meetings as well as responded to the two surveys circulated thus far. Survey #1 identified community issues and priorities, while Survey #2 built on the results of Survey #1 by focusing on the Vision, Guiding Principles, and goals/topical areas for the Update. As directed by the City Council, an additional public outreach campaign is anticipated to commence in winter 2020. Input from City Commissions and the City Council, along with other stakeholder participation will help finalize the high-level Planning Framework that services as the foundation to develop the update. The Planning Framework provides preliminary 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 2020. The update is a multi-year, multi-phase project anticipated to be completed by October 1, 2021, which is when the City must have its Housing Element certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).