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.
For the seventh straight year, UC Irvine has been ranked as one of America’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel will retire this month after 27 years of service with the department, the last six as chief.
A new store selling Hello Kitty, Chococat and other Sanrio characters is scheduled to open at University Center this month.
Few cities have 80% of their traffic signals synchronized. Or a fully staffed traffic management center. Or traffic signals that employ artificial intelligence. In Irvine, these are all innovations used to keep things moving.
Volunteers recently helped plant the first 26,000 cabbages at the 45-acre farm, which is projected to supply more than a half-million pounds of fresh vegetables each month to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Terran Orbital, the world’s leading provider of nanosatellites and microsatellites, recently locked in nearly 90,000 square feet of Class A office space at 400 Spectrum.
Look up while visiting Tanaka Farms, and you might see a plump squash sailing through the air. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. It’s the Pumpkin Cannon, and it’s become a must-see fall event.
In six games, Portola High running back Nova Kebeli has rushed for over 1,000 yards to lead the county in rushing and the Bulldogs to a 6-0 record.
Zov Karamardian, owner of Zov’s Irvine at Orchard Hills Shopping Center, describes the humble beginnings of her 34-year career as one of Orange County’s premier chefs.
On Sept. 18, Irvine hosted North America’s largest e-mobility festival, showcasing the latest technologies in electric vehicles.
Errol Arkilic was recently named head of UCI Beall Applied Innovation – the university’s own incubator for tech startups.