The Planning Department implements the policies and objectives of the community that are set forth in the City of Palm Desert's General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Planning also reviews proposed developments to ensure consistency with the City's standards and policies relating to land use and preservation of the environment. This guarantees that the quality of life will be maintained and enhanced for future generations.
The City is engaged in a project to update its General Plan. This project began in June 2014 and is expected to be completed and adopted in 2016.
In addition, the Planning Department manages the City’s Residential Projects and Non-Residential Projects. For more information regarding planning, land use and zoning, you may contact us online or call us at 760-346-0611 ext. 483. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer questions and assist with applications.