Development Plan Amandment No. 1/College of the Desert West Valley Campus


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Desert Community College District
Document Title
Development Plan Amandment No. 1/College of the Desert West Valley Campus
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
General Plan: Mixed Use/Multi-Use Zoning: Planned Development (PD)
Document Description
In 2016, the Desert Community College District (District) approved the College of the Desert West Valley Campus Master Plan and Phase I Development Project on the subject property and certified its Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The approved 29.11± acre WVC campus master plan was designed to accommodate an ultimate enrollment of approximately 3 ,000 full-time equivalent students (FTES), allow up to 330,000 square feet of functional space to be constructed in phases, and to include core campus, academic pillar/partnerships pace, ancillary campus buildings, and conference/event center. The Project planning area includes the Palm Springs Cultural Center (PSCC) building and site located in the southwest corner of the planning area. The approved WVC Master Plan remains in effect. The Project proposes the approval and development of the Development Plan Amendment No. 1, including providing 121,025± square feet of assignable space, 750± parking spaces, a multi-modal transit hub, and central plant and support facilities. The DPA No. 1 Project is expected to accommodate an enrollment of 2,951 students, which equates to approximately 1,101 FTES.

Contact Information

Todd Campbell
Agency Name
College of the Desert
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

John D. Criste
Agency Name
Terra Nova Planning & Research, Inc.
Job Title
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Palm Desert
Southern California
Cross Streets
Southwest corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Farrell Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
502-190-003,004,008,015,017,018,019 and 020
State Highways
SR 111
Palm Springs International Airpo
Palm Springs High School

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), California Department of Education, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), Department of General Services (DGS), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Development Types
Educational (121,025 assignable sf)
Local Actions
Site Plan, Development Plan Amendment
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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