Replacing the Veterans Cemetery
With Massive Development . . .
What do YOU think?
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For four years, from 2013 to 2017, the City of Irvine successfully pursued establishing a Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery on a 125-acre site within the City’s 1300-acre Great Park.
With broad public support, City leaders gained all necessary State and Federal approvals for the project, including adoption of a 333-page State Concept Plan and Design for the $78 million project. In fact, in June of 2017, the City was just 10 days away from receiving a State Budget appropriation of $30 million to immediately begin site cleanup and construction of the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park.
Suddenly, at a “special” June 6, 2017 City Council meeting — called on just 24-hours notice at the behest of developer FivePoint Communities — three members (Mayor Donald Wagner and Councilmembers Christina Shea and Melissa Fox) of the five-member Irvine City Council voted to do the following:
- Reject the $30 million in State construction funding;
- Abandon the Great Park Veterans Cemetery project;
- Transfer ownership of the property from the City to developer FivePoint;
- Rezone the 125-acre site so FivePoint could build 812,000 square feet of office, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing development on the site.
Councilmembers Jeff Lalloway and Lynn Schott voted against the radical property “give-away.”
Shocked and outraged at the giveaway of our Great Park Veterans Cemetery site to developer FivePoint, thousands of citizens in the Irvine community rallied to the cause to Save the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park — and stop the FivePoint land-grab and development scheme.
An historic citizen-led “Referendum Petition” was launched, gathering the signatures of a record-breaking 19,125 Irvine residents in just 28 days — qualifying the Referendum for the ballot in 2018.
The Irvine Community Poll.
The date of the official Irvine ballot election for the Referendum will be set for later this year. Meanwhile, the Irvine Community Poll is an opportunity for YOU to let the Irvine community know how YOU feel about this important issue right now! What do YOU think?
Help us take the pulse of the Irvine community. Take our Irvine Community Poll!