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.
Michael O’Connell, president and CEO of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, describes his favorite hikes in the Irvine Northern Open Space Preserve.
Irvine Valley College has been named one of California’s top three community colleges.
Irvine students outperformed all California school districts in standardized assessment tests in science, math and English.
The National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards $28 million in annual scholarships, recently named 78 semifinalists from Irvine public high schools.
Cecilia Mou, a 2022 Portola High graduate, was among nine U.S. college students awarded a Television Academy Foundation paid internship at a top Hollywood studio – in her case a Disney studio.
Drivers will soon get a green light on new lanes that widen over 16 miles of I-405.
A new restaurant specializing in healthy and organic food has opened at Irvine Spectrum Center.
Cucina Enoteca will celebrate the holidays this year with a week of nightly specials to honor the Feast of the Seven Fishes – the most beloved meal of the year in Italian-American households.
OC Parks has opened a new trail to teach families about plants and animals in four local habitats: oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, riparian and chaparral.
Irvine’s annual toy drive for the 2/11 Marines runs through Dec. 11. Volunteers hope to deliver gifts to over 1,000 Camp Pendleton Marines this year.
City of Hope Orange County President Annette Walker has been named chairwoman of the board of directors of the CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County.
Amazon Fresh at The Market Place is showing off an upgrade of its inventory and features – just in time for the holidays.
Irvine High School junior Cooper Stearns has a dream: to lead the Vaqueros basketball team to its first CIF playoffs in nine years.