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.
‘The proximity to SoCal’s famous surfing breaks, coupled with its world-class business centers, puts Irvine in the heart of the global surf apparel industry.’
Five days a week, Olivia Severson, a University High School senior, climbs a lifeguard tower in Surf City USA and gazes over the ocean.
Journey through the open space preserve between Irvine and Crystal Cove State Park during a special Wilderness Access Day event hosted by the city of Irvine and Irvine Ranch Conservancy on July 20.
Among Irvine’s 268 parks and expansive open space preserves, the Jeffrey Open Space Trail is a special place that almost defies classification.
Each July, crews assemble a 15-ton, portable mini-Elizabethan theater on the UC Irvine campus for a summer run of Shakespeare under the stars.
Famed chocolatier See’s Candies has opened its first year-round shop in Irvine.
Four great activities to celebrate the season.
Five new takes on an old favorite.
This summer, UCI sports camps offer kids access to top college athletes and coaches to improve their skills.
Looking for a summer getaway? Hop aboard the train at Irvine Station and treat yourself to a ride along the coast.
The actress for whom the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts is named appeared in more than 60 films throughout her career.