The City of Irvine initially adopted its General Plan in December 1973, and the last comprehensive update occurred in 2000 with as needed General Plan amendments occurring over the ensuring years. Since 2000, the City has continued to grow 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 Update commenced in 2015. Many of you participated in face-to-face events and stakeholder meetings as well as responded to the three surveys. 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, including Survey #3 and focus groups, commenced in summer 2020 by the City’s outreach consultant.
During Phase 2 of the Update, continued input from City Commissions, the City Council, and stakeholders that will help serve as the foundation to develop and formulate a draft Update with specific goals, objectives, policies, and future implementation programs. Phase 2 Update work commenced in spring 2022 concurrent with the review process for State certification of the 6th cycle Housing Element Update. The Update is a multi-year, multi-phase project with a completion deadline of mid-October 2024.