What is the Irvine Master Plan?
The Irvine Master Plan is founded on several core principles that create a balance between developed areas and open space.
City of Villages
The Master Plan is built around distinct villages, with schools, shopping facilities and parks within walking distance.
The Master Plan placed a major university, UCI, in the heart of the City, and neighborhood schools are in close proximity to the families they serve.
Abundant Parks & Open Space
The Master Plan resulted in one-third of the City being set aside for open space, parks and trails because land preservation was required for development of nearby property.
Enterprising Business Districts
Irvine’s Master Plan envisioned a vibrant business sector offering high-quality local jobs located along major transportation routes, and not in the midst of primary residential areas.
Local Retail Hubs
Local neighborhood shopping centers are conveniently located throughout Irvine and generate a huge amount of tax revenues, which helps to fund the City’s first-class police department.
The Irvine Master Plan places a priority on completing roads and other infrastructure, such as sewer and recycled-water systems, ahead of the developments they will serve.
Irvine’s decades-long commitment to pioneering environmental programs and sustainable measures has positioned the city as a national leader in efforts to conserve natural resources and protect the environment.
“In other communities, stores wear out, signage gets old, colors fade, and parking lots fall apart. You don’t see that in Irvine.”
Carin Huurnink bikes from her Los Olivos apartment community to her job in the Spectrum District. Los Olivos and the soon-to-open Promenade Apartment Homes make it easy to bike or walk to the office, shopping and entertainment.
Back in 1889, James Irvine II rode a high-wheeled bike, called a velocipede, from San Francisco to the ranch that he inherited from his father.
A comparison of 182 cities singled out Irvine as the best place to raise a family in Southern California – and as No. 3 in America.
A delegation of British executives recently landed in Irvine to scout locations for U.S. corporate headquarters in the burgeoning global center of the life science industry – Irvine.
Edwards Lifesciences is nearly doubling the size of its Irvine headquarters.
Whether you are a fan of jogging, bicycling, riding a horse or pushing a stroller, you might want to check out the Hicks Canyon Trail, a pleasant 2-miler with bucolic scenery and a birdsong soundtrack.
Irvine offers an abundance of beautiful and scenic trails. Here are three of our top picks.
With 16,500 acres of preserved open space in the city, Irvine’s mounted unit patrols areas that are difficult to cover by car.
The Irvine Police Department will host its annual National Night Out on Aug. 6, when residents can get a glimpse of what goes into policing America’s safest city.
It only takes a few hours to travel from the Irvine Station up the coast to Santa Barbara.
Irvine Station serves over 1 million commuters annually, making it the county’s most popular train station. It also represents 132 years of continual rail service on The Irvine Ranch.
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