Living Desert Expansion Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Palm Desert
Document Title
Living Desert Expansion Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
GP: Public facility/Institutional District Zoning: Public (P); Drainage, Flood Plains and Watercourse
Document Description
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, herein referred to as “Living Desert,” is proposing an expansion project (Project) that includes the addition of an event center, entry pavilion, lion habitat, and associated facilities. The Project is an amendment to the previous entitlement for the Living Desert (PP/CUP 15-370), which included a smaller lion habitat and event center. In addition to the lion habitat and event center, the Project introduces a new entry pavilion on the north side of the existing Chase building. The Project consists of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), Precise Plan (PP), and Environmental Assessment (EA). The CUP is to allow construction of a “Recreation Facility, Commercial” use in the “Public” zone.

Contact Information

Carlos Flores
Agency Name
City of Palm Desert
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

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


Palm Desert
Southern California
Cross Streets
47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Total Acres
Parcel #
630-250-045, 625-300-052
State Highways
Hwy 74
George Washington Charter School

Notice of Completion

Development Types
Recreational (Lion Exhibit and Event Center)
Local Actions
Site Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, 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, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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