- 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
Celebrate the holidays all winter long with the City of Irvine. Join an evening of holiday cheer at our annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, and enjoy festive activities monthlong at Great Park during “Holidayz at the Park.”
The City earned a perfect score of 100 — and nine bonus points — on the 2022 Municipal Equality Index, a Human Rights Campaign rating system based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership's position on equality.
Save the date for the City of Irvine Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) Public Workshop 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 6.
The City of Irvine Animal Care Center will host its 16th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair Sunday, December 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5 per adult; children are free. Parking is free.
Join the City of Irvine and the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee in brightening the season for military families. Donate a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger.
The City of Irvine is pleased to announce the opening of the winter art exhibition, Old Town Irvine, presented as part of the Art at City Hall series. The exhibition will be on display Friday, December 9, through Friday, March 17. An opening reception is Thursday, December 15.
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