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.
This year Irvine celebrates 50 years as a city. It has been said that Irvine is a “city of vision,” and certainly the transformation from ranchland to fully formed city took bold ideas.
Irvine figure skater Nathan Chen won his 5th straight U.S championship title last month – the most by anyone since the 1950s.
An Irvine teenager is believed to be the youngest girl in the U.S. to summit Mount Everest.
An aerospace engineering student at UC Irvine has launched his own company after inventing a new kind of machine to manufacture customized parts.
Irvine-based Rivian will deliver the world’s first electric (and fastest) truck in June and is “primed to set the automotive world on its head,” according to Car and Driver magazine.
Tomato Springs Trail, in the Village of Portola Springs, is an easy hike, and it’s a perfect spot to watch the sun set.
The best-selling sports car of all time was designed in Irvine, and it flourished because it was rooted in Southern California.
Alan Hess, an Irvine resident, architect, community planner and author of more than 20 books, looks at how Irvine became a model city.
Angelina’s owners Filippo and Sho Fusco have been serving authentic Neapolitan pizza since opening the restaurant in 2016.
A mile-long stretch of University Drive near the UC Irvine campus is now six lanes wide.
Chipotle’s Cultivate Center, in UCI Research Park, is home to its official test kitchen.