The Orange Heights Master Plan

Refined plans resulted in all land east of the SR-241 preserved as part of long-term master planning.


Irvine Company is pleased to provide information on the long-approved Orange Heights master planned community, its refinements over time and our open-space preservation in East Orange and beyond.

Open Space Planning 

Orange Heights was approved by the City of Orange in 2005 and called for approximately 4,100 homes that stretched from East Orange to Irvine Lake. But in 2014, we voluntarily reduced the size of the community by about 70%, removing all approved development east of SR-241 – including nearly 3,000 homes across 1,400 acres. 

That land was instead dedicated to the County of Orange to complete our Company’s vision for open space on The Irvine Ranch. 

This open space network now includes 57,500 acres – or about 60% of The Irvine Ranch. It stretches uninterrupted to the Cleveland National Forest and includes the nearby Weir, Fremont and Black Star canyons, all permanently preserved for public enjoyment.  

New Connections & New Homes

The Orange Heights plan also completes our residential planning in East Orange. The community includes 1,180 for-sale homes; the vast majority will be single-family detached residences. 

New public trails within the community create the first direct connections from Irvine Regional Park to Peters Canyon Regional Park. Enhancements to the Mountains to Sea Trail, which runs along Jamboree Road and through Peters Canyon, will also offer improved public hiking, biking and equestrian opportunities. 

And Santiago Canyon Road will be completed with an additional lane in each direction, landscaped medians and new Class 2 bike lanes and sidewalks to improve public safety. 

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