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On Thursday, January 24, the Palm Desert City Council approved the City's goals for the 2019 calendar year. The adoption of these goals followed months of discussions that included City staff and Council members talking about ways to enhance the services provided to Palm Desert residents, businesses, and visitors and about steps that should be taken to advance the 20-year vision for the City outlined in the Envision Palm Desert Strategic Plan.

The City's 2019 goals include:

  • Open the Palm Desert iHub to attract high tech, entrepreneurial businesses and jobs.
  • Prepare a Broadband/Fiber Master Plan.
  • Present analysis of alternatives for visitor services delivery and begin work on City Council's chosen option.
  • Produce a five-year financial forecast.
  • Develop and adopt economic development incentive programs for targeted businesses and properties.
  • Develop and implement a Business Retention and Expansion Program.
  • Launch development of 14 affordable, self-help homes on Merle Drive (dependent on competitive funding award) and initiate RFP process for multi-family development on vacant site at San Pasqual and Santa Rosa Way.
  • Implement E-TRAKIT for online permitting, plan review, inspections, and building records.
  • Develop and implement Build Palm Desert, a City-wide program to build a high performing, high morale organization.
  • Conduct an El Paseo demonstration project of parklets and bulb-outs (based on the Gibbs Planning Group study) with consideration for including Lupine Lane in the demonstration.
  • Develop and implement a 90-day pilot program for shared mobility devices. Use knowledge gained to evaluate/define a potential permanent program.
  • Continue community-wide civic engagement efforts and create an ad hoc advisory committee to help guide the process.
  • Begin construction of Phase One of the San Pablo corridor improvements.
  • Complete design of Presidents' Plaza parking lot improvements and have project ready to bid.
  • Begin construction of CV Link improvements in Palm Desert.
  • Construct mid-block crossings and enhance pedestrian walkways at El Paseo intersections.

For more information about the City's goals, please contact the City at or call 760-776-346-0611.