By Jordan Graham and Tomoya Shimura
The Irvine City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 14, to sue Orange County over its plan to develop 108 acres south of the Great Park into a large residential and commercial complex.
The city’s decision came only a few hours after the county voted to finalize its plan to build 1,998 housing units, 1 million square feet of office space, 200,000 square feet of commercial space and a 242-room hotel on land it kept when it annexed the Great Park to Irvine in 2003.
Plans for the development – which the county projects could earn it upwards of $4 billion over 75 years – have caused friction between the county and city over the past year and a half.
Irvine Mayor Don Wagner, Councilwoman Christina Shea and Councilman Jeff Lalloway all have said the project would hog road capacities and prevent the city from completing the final major piece of the Great Park, which could include an amphitheater, museums, a library, a lake and a water park.
Photo Credit: Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)