Community Link Newsletter: Great Park Vision | Mid-Autumn Festival | Permit Fee Holiday


Community Link Newsletter

September 21, 2023 | Edition 140

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter aims to keep residents and businesses connected to us and all that is going on in and throughout the City. You can connect with us and learn more about our community, cultural events and celebrations, and news of interest by reading this newsletter, visiting our website at, and following us on our social media channels listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 

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Participate in the Districting Process 

Join the City of Irvine this weekend for a community forum regarding the City’s potential shift to district-based City Council elections. You will have the opportunity to review the City Council's selected focus maps with the City's demographer and share input on map elements.


In October, the City Council plans to adopt a new map and use public input received throughout the process to guide their decision. The adopted map will be included on the March 2024 Presidential Primary Election ballot.


Participate in the districting process at either location this Saturday, September 23:

  • Great Park Artist Studios at 10 a.m.

  • Irvine Council Chamber at 2 p.m.

For more information on the City's pursuit to district elections, visit

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Irvine is The Best City to Live In!

The City of Irvine has been voted the Best City to Live in for the eighth consecutive year by The Orange County Register readers. 


Register readers selected winners in 79 voting categories in the Best of Orange County poll and Irvine came out on top. Noted in our ranking is the City's generous amount of dedicated open space; our connection to world-class university, UC Irvine, and the City's focus on housing, environmental issues, and the business community. 


For a complete list of winners, visit


See the Vision for the Next Phase of Development at the Great Park 

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The Great Park Framework Plan offers a vision into the park's future, featuring 300 acres of incredible amenities. You can take a look at the next phase of development at the Great Park by watching our latest video


Do you want to stay in the know about all things at the Great Park? Sign up for our e-newsletters to receive information about activities, events, and development at the Great Park.  

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Celebrate Mid-Autumn at our Festival September 29

Are you ready to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival September 29, 5-9 p.m., at the Great Park? The customary festival is celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian countries. 


Guests are encouraged to wear the traditional clothing of their culture to illustrate the many diverse Asian communities and backgrounds in our area. 


Mid-Autumn Festival includes education, entertainment, crafts, food trucks, and artistic demonstrations. Local community partners will be in attendance to support the event and share organizational information and resources. 


This family-friendly event is free and open to all ages. Learn more at

One Irvine

Permit Fee Holiday

Was your home or condominium built prior to 1975? If so, you may be eligible for up to $1,500 per household in waived fees. 


Through the City of Irvine's One Irvine Permit Fee Holiday, certain building and planning permit fees are waived for Irvine residents who reside in a single-family home built before 1975.


Learn more about the program and how you can take advantage of the Permit Fee Holiday at Please note, swimming pools, additions, and accessory dwelling units are not eligible for the fee waiver.  

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Connect with us using Access Irvine

Do you want to connect with the City of Irvine from your phone when you are out and about? It's easy to use Access Irvine. 


The Access Irvine app provides residents the ability to:

  • Request a service.

  • View and register for upcoming classes and activities.

  • View video messages.

  • View City calendar events.

  • Connect with us on social media, and more.

Download the app for your iPhone or Android today to connect with us!


This Week in DE&I  

There are many cultural and religious holidays celebrated and recognized throughout our community this month. Learn about some of the significant dates being observed in Irvine below and on our DE&I calendar.

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Hunger Action Month
This week, the City's clock tower will be lit in orange in support of Hunger Action Month. The Irvine City Council has joined with others across the country in proclaiming September as Hunger Action Month. This national campaign aims to help raise awareness of food insecurity and inspire people to take action against hunger. In Orange County, more than 267,000 individuals, including over 64,000 children, are food insecure. If you would like to make a difference and help eliminate food insecurity, visit

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September 22: National Native American Day
Native American Day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of September every year, falling on September 22 this year, as a way of honoring those who have been a part of the American tradition even before the nation of the U.S.A. came into being.  


The day is celebrated in America by people learning about the different kinds of tribes and cultures of the Native Americans and celebrating the irreplaceable heritage, contributions, and knowledge of the Native American populations. 


The City of Irvine has many ties to our Native American history. Portola Springs Community Center and Park have intentionally designed spaces to help educate our community and recognize the Acjachemen people of ‘U∫rónvanga, which is now Portola Springs. Visit the Native American Wing in the community center, or visit the new sentinel signs at the park, which were recently unveiled to offer insight into the life of the Acjachemen people. 


Additionally, you may have seen the rock formation at Turtle Rock Community Park, which resembles a turtle. This 20-ton rock was given its name by the Gabrielino Native Americans who moved into the Irvine area 2,000 years ago and used it for ceremonial purposes.


You can still see this piece of Irvine history today on Rockview Street between Valley View & Rocky Knoll. The rock is sacred to the Gabrielino Indians, so please admire it from a distance. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

September 23 |10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Districting Forums


September 26 | 3 & 4 p.m.

Great Park & City Council Meetings

September 28 | 5 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting

View the City Calendar 

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