The development of a four-year University campus in Palm Desert is an enormous economic, educational, and social opportunity for the City and the entire Coachella Valley. As such, the City adopted the University Neighborhood Specific Plan ("UNSP") to establish land-uses, a land-use pattern, and design guidelines that capitalize and integrate the University campuses to the surrounding areas of the City. The UNSP details a new vision for development in proximity to the California State University San Bernardino and University of California Riverside campuses that covers 400+ acres of mostly undeveloped land and provides guidelines for a mixed-use development inclusive of business opportunities, housing choices for up to 2,700 housing units, and open space. The UNSP also provides details to guide the form and context of future development: with a strong emphasis on pedestrian connectivity, building form, and neighborhood character.
In 2018, the City's Planning Commission approved plans to subdivide 170+ acres within the UNSP to accommodate 1,100 housing units. The plans include a mix of housing options and lot sizes including: multi-family housing, alley-loaded housing units, duplexes, townhomes, and detached housing. An extensive roadway and open space network are also provided to comply with the intent of the UNSP. Construction for this project is anticipated to begin in Summer 2019.