Date Palm Drive Corridor - Compass Blueprint Study

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Project Scope:

The Date Palm Drive Corridor Connector Plan provides integrated land use and transportation planning in the City of Cathedral City. The Date Palm Drive Corridor is a major regional roadway connecting Cathedral City from the north and south to neighboring communities within the Coachella Valley, such as Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Thousand Palms.

The Date Palm Drive Corridor also is an important connection between Cathedral City's revitalized Downtown to the south and its newly annexed North City Specific Plan Area north of lnterstate 10.

The purpose of the proposed plan is to emphasize land uses and transportation strategies that support and stimulate economic development, produce a livable and sustainable community and reduce traffic congestion along Date Palm Drive at high-impact regional connection points-all being done consistent with Cathedral City's vision for growth, livability and economic opportunity.

The Date Palm Drive Corridor Connector Plan promotes creative, forward-looking, and sustainable development solutions that fit the needs of Cathedral City and at the same time support shared regional values across the Coachella Valley. The City anticipates local and regional benefits such as fewer vehicle miles traveled through reduced car trips, lower emissions, increased transit and alternative transportation use, public health improvements and community cohesiveness.

Cathedral City wants to provide for a mixture of land uses and transportation options that work together to provide a more livable, prosperous and sustainable City.

Executive Summary

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) awarded a Compass Blueprint Grant to the City of Cathedral City for preparation of the Date Palm Drive Corridor Connector Plan. A consulting team lead by Gruen Associates performed this planning effort, in concert with staff from both the City and SCAG. Extensive public outreach was an integral part of this planning effort, which was completed in June 2010. Following the first community workshop, Gruen and Associates participated in a Study Session with the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The project concluded in June 2010. The resulting products were crafted for City staff use in developing planning options for future private and City-initiated projects along Date Palm Drive from Interstate 10 to Downtown. It was also used by SCAG to address the region’s transportation and climate change challenges.

Project Timeline

Now that the Date Palm Drive Corridor Connector Plan has been completed, the City is prepared to begin coordination with SCAG to implement the project. It is anticipated the plan components can be completed within 12 to 15 months.

Fiscal Impact

The contract amount is $197,649, which was fully funded by SCAG for consultant services performed by the Gruen team for benefit of the City. The City’s only obligation was in the form of staff time; no cash match by the city was required.