- Planning for future housing given the number of units the City will likely have to absorb protects our quality of life to the greatest extent possible by mitigating or avoiding the negative consequences of unplanned growth;
- Providing housing to meet the needs of all income levels is critical to the long-term social, environmental, and economic health of Irvine;
- It can be challenging for cities like Irvine to attract and retain young adults and middle-income professionals such as teachers and police officers due to housing affordability;
- Like cities throughout California and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Irvine has seen an increase in homelessness and the cost associated with managing the effects on the community;
- Providing housing opportunities for an aging population and/or multi-generational living as our population changes;
- Providing housing for persons with disabilities;
- Eligibility to receive critical state and federal funding for infrastructure improvements and public amenities;
- It’s the State law. Without a certified housing plan, Irvine may face substantial fines and penalties and be subject to a 4-year RHNA and HEU cycle (instead of the customary 8-year cycle);
- May result in the State disallowing the issuance of building permits and potential loss of local land use control; and
- May be open to litigation based on a legally inadequate General Plan.
Housing Element Benefits: Why this matters
The City of Irvine invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with three signature events opening Saturday, December 2, at the Great Park.
The City of Irvine Animal Care Center invites the community to attend the 17th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair Sunday, December 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The fair features hundreds of adoptable animals from pet rescue groups and animal shelters, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and others.
The City of Irvine and the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee invite the community to participate in the annual Holiday Toy Drive by donating new, unwrapped gifts suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger.
The City of Irvine received a 2023 Digital Cities Survey award from the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.
The City of Irvine has been closely monitoring details related to the Tustin Hangar Fire. No health risks or impacts have been identified for Irvine at this time. The City deployed air quality and surface testing November 20-22 in nine parks.
Effective November 15, 2023, all production of asphalt at the All American Asphalt plant has ceased. The sale of All American Asphalt will close in early 2024, and the City of Irvine will take ownership of the plant and property.
Get involved with the City of Irvine's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) by attending upcoming workshops, taking an online survey, requesting a City presentation, following the City on social, and signing up for the Environmental Programs e-newsletter.
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