City of Irvine

Spoke with Shawn Thompson in the Planning Department for City of Irvine (949-724-7449). She was very open to discussing their plan and would be helpful to our cause as well. Their Green Building Program (see environmental programs on city website) is currently voluntary with no incentives or LEED certification process. It is only working because of the unwritten program that gives the builders good press and countered by pressure from the planning commission to explain why sustainability has not been considered in their project. It was her “observation” that non-sustainable projects seem to take longer in the planning review process!