The City’s newly updated General Plan identifies San Pablo Avenue as a key area for transformational change to facilitate the creation of a downtown/city center. The mile-long corridor connects shopping, restaurants, and other commercial services at El Paseo and Highway 111 with residential neighborhoods and civic uses including Palm Desert City Hall, College of the Desert, Civic Center Park, and eventually, CVLink.
Plans for the corridor call for a “road-diet” that would remove a vehicle lane in each direction on San Pablo and add enhanced walkways and buffered bike lanes. To publicly introduce and promote these concepts, the City hosted the “Vision San Pablo” event in May 2016. Community feedback for the proposed changes was overwhelmingly positive and City staff and consultants have spent the following years evaluating the final design and configuration for the corridor.
In July, 2017, the City Council approved conceptual design plans for the corridor. The City is now working with Dokken Engineering on the final design and construction drawings. Sixty-percent (60%) construction drawings are anticipated in early September 2018, with construction of the street improvements anticipated to begin in Spring 2019.
To share comments about the plan, please email Eric Ceja, Principal Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 346-0611, ext. 384.