Palm Desert is poised for exciting changes as the City plans how our community will develop over the next 20 years through an update of its General Plan.

Palm Desert’s existing General Plan was written in the early 2000s and adopted in 2004. The update process, which began in June 2014, is building upon the City’s recently adopted Envision Palm Desert Strategic Plan, which outlined a new 20-year vision for the community along with specific goals designed to realize that vision.

Areas that have been identified for the most change under the updated General Plan include the Highway 111 corridor, the undeveloped lands west of the Cal State and UCR campuses, and San Pablo Avenue from Magnesia Falls Drive to El Paseo.

Key concepts include creating a walkable, landscaped, community space on San Pablo with wide sidewalks, shade trees, a cycle track, and reduced traffic lanes; reworking the frontage roads on Highway 111 to make them flow more easily and provide wider sidewalks and enhanced landscaping; and permitting new development of taller, mixed-use buildings at strategic locations.

A draft of the new General Plan has been completed and the associated Environmental Impact Report will soon be ready for public review. Public hearings before Palm Desert’s Planning Commission and City Council are expected to take place this year.

As part of the update process, the City has reached out to organizations and agencies as well as groups of residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to present the proposed changes and solicit their input. To learn more about the new General Plan, share your input, or to schedule a presentation for your organization or group, please call 760-776-6483 or email Community Development Director Ryan Stendell.


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