- 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, in partnership with University of California, Irvine, will host the inaugural Fiesta Latina en Irvine at Great Park on Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The City will hold an information session for residents to learn more about the General Plan Update process on Thursday, September 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Irvine City Hall Council Chamber. A virtual attendance option is also available via Zoom; registration is required.
The City of Irvine has partnered with Love Irvine for the second annual Citywide Serve Day Saturday, September 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. This partnership connects people who want to help those in need with volunteer opportunities.
The City of Irvine is again joining the statewide effort to improve air quality by encouraging residents, businesses, and organizations to participate in California Clean Air Day on October 5 and create new habits to clear the air for all members of California’s diverse communities.
Orange County's premier multicultural event returns Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Great Park to celebrate Irvine's diverse community with a special emphasis on supporting and representing Irvine’s local businesses.
The City of Irvine fall art exhibition, Chloe Jeongmyo Kim: Transplanted Panorama, presented as part of the Art at City Hall series, will be on display Monday, August 1–Friday, November 18. An opening reception is 1–3 p.m. Saturday, August 13.
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