Planning Commission

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The Planning Commission (PC), established in 1982, is coordinated by the Design and Development Department and is comprised of five members appointed by the City Council. The Commission’s regularly scheduled meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Commission’s primary function is to carry out the powers and duties as prescribed in the Planning and Zoning Laws of the State of California and the City of La Quinta Zoning Ordinance, as well as to serve as an advisory body to the City Council. The Planning Commission’s duties include developing and maintaining the City’s General Plan, consideration of new development applications, design review of new developments, development of specific plans, and similar planning duties.

For more information about the PC, contact us at or (760) 777-7125.

Applications are accepted all year long and kept on file in the Clerk's office until a vacancy needs to be filled. For an Application to serve on the PC, click here.  For a current list of Commission Members, click here.


The Minutes for the Planning Commission meetings will not be available until they have been approved at the next regular meeting.

The meeting agendas are typically available not less than 72 hours prior to each meeting and may be downloaded by clicking on one of the Event links below.

Staff reports (unsigned, without attachments) are available by clicking on the item titles listed on the agenda, but may not be the latest version, as the City of La Quinta reserves the right to make changes to staff reports prior to the beginning of each meeting.  The City also reserves the right to make changes to the order of items listed on the agenda.

For signed copies of staff reports, as well as any accompanying attachments, you may contact the Design and Development Department at (760) 777-7125 or


Highway 111 Corridor Area Plan Charrette (Day 3 - Educational Session: Retail Trends)

Educational Session: Retail Trends

  • Date: 04/26/2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: Vacant Commercial Space (Between Kohls and Milan Institute of Cosmetology)
    78920 Highway 111
    La Quinta, California 92253
  • Introduction: A charrette is an intensive planning session where community members, stakeholders and designers collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas, allows participants to give immediate feedback, and allows all participants to be a mutual author of the Hwy 111 Corridor Area Plan

We want your participation to help guide future development of the Highway 111 Corridor in La Quinta.  


Charrette – Highway 111 Corridor Area Plan, April 24-25-26

A three-day charrette will be held on April 24, 25, and 26, to inspire a vision and share your ideas for the Highway 111 Corridor.  We want your participation!


What is a Charrette? 
A charrette is an intensive planning session where community members, stakeholders, and designers collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and allows participants to give immediate feedback. A charrette serves as a way of quickly generating design solutions while integrating the interests of a diverse group of people.  The word charrette is French for “cart” or “chariot”.  The term was used in the 19th century at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where student architects worked right up until a deadline, and a charrette would be wheeled among them to collect up their models and drawings for review. 


Highway 111 Corridor Area Plan
Technological advancements have changed the way we live our daily lives and how we spend our time.  On-line commerce provides the convenience of “one-tap” consumer spending, disrupting traditional retail shopping and the big box retail shopping model.  The City of La Quinta is preparing a Highway 111 Corridor Area Plan to guide future development that creates vibrant and attractive places, enhances mobility, is enjoyable for residents and visitors, and sustains the Corridor’s economic viability. 


Noon-Time Educational Presentations

April 24, Wednesday, 12pm – Successful Corridors

April 25, Thursday, 12pm – Mobility Trends and Opportunities

April 26, Friday, 12pm – Retail Trends


Evening Charrettes

April 24, Wednesday, 6pm

April 25, Thursday, 6pm

April 26, Friday, 6pm


Where - All meetings will be held in a vacant commercial space at 78920 Highway 111, La Quinta (located between Kohls and the Milan Institute of Cosmetology).   For more information call Cheri Flores at (760) 777-7067 or go to the website:


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