Monthly Archives: February 2016

ULI Members’ Recommendations for Transitional and Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans in Orange County

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By Brian Moncrief, Kosmont Cos. and Christine Obnial, Architects Orange During World War II, a number of military bases were established in Orange County, including the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the Los Alamitos Naval Weapons Station, and the Santa Ana Army Air Base. When the War ended, a housing shortage was the most important topic featured in the media, and discussed in business forums and at political hearings.  Due to the proximity of the military bases and employment, many veterans decided to settle in Southern California, and the … Read More

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Planned Communities Common in Early US History and Today in OC

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By Susan Boone, Moore Real Estate Group Rancho Mission Viejo hosted members and guests of the ULI OC/IE Office and Commercial Initiative Council (OCIC) for a quarterly meeting at one of its newest communities, Village of Escencia.  The members of OCIC, developers and consultants in the commercial sector, all ULI members, is led by Bob Caudill, Colliers International.  The focus of the OCIC over the two years has been on development in Orange County (because there is a lot more of it since this recession!) With the plan for the … Read More

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Patrick Phillips to Speak at Japan’s International Forum on the FutureCity Initiative

ULI Global CEO Patrick Phillips will be this year’s keynote speaker at Japan’s International Forum on the FutureCity Initiative taking place February 9th in Portland, OR. This is the sixth convening of the forum and the first outside of Asia. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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CEQA Means Good Environmental Quality. Really?

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Planning for transit-oriented development (TOD) in Orange County was on the minds of 45+ professionals from the public and private sectors, who attended the 3rd Annual ULI TOD Tour.  ULI Member Matt Shannon, Urbanus LLC, coordinated a tour that provided everybody with exceptional access to planners and developers at L.A. Union Station, North Hollywood and retail at the Hollywood and Highland Metro station.  It was an educational day away from the office with an opportunity to network and ask questions about plaguing issues relevant to TOD and infill development. TOD, … Read More

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ULI Gets the Inside Scoop on 520 Newport Center

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On Tuesday, January 26th the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire Young Leader’s Group had a unique opportunity to tour The Irvine Company’s building at 520 Newport Center Drive for the January Boardroom After Hours. Led by Rick Wandrocke, Senior Leasing Director of Irvine Company Office Properties, the tour began in the courtyard where the group learned about the design and construction process, from the building shape which allows for floor to ceiling windows and 10’-11’ ceilings to the artwork adorning the courtyard. The tour continued to the sixth floor to view … Read More

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CEQA Ruling Defines Scope of Power

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Below is a link to an article that came out over the holidays but it reveals very important rulings regarding the scope of power for CEQA, where an agency in the bay area tried to impose on a developer that they identify and offer mitigation measures for the existing environment to the project… a “Reverse CEQA”.  This was shot down in the courts and effectively aids infill developments.  It does a great job of identifying the largely negative economic and communal impacts CEQA has with new development in general and … Read More

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