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ABOUT CORAL MOUNTAIN RESORT

A resort developer, Meriwether Companies along with Big Sky Wave Development, has applied to the City of La Quinta for a change in zoning of a 386 acre parcel of land at the base of Coral Mountain west of Madison Street between Avenues 58 and 60.

This would be a change from Low Density Residential/Golf course to Tourist/Commercial/Residential/Open Recreation to allow for a PRIVATE RESORT (residents, members and guests only) that is proposed to include:

  • A 16.7 acre wave/surf pool

  • 600 Short Term Vacation Rental Units (STVRs)

  • Additional PRIVATE recreational facilities

 

Understand that the lifestyle and culture of our Southeast La Quinta community will be forever changed from its current sublime tranquility and replaced with a never-ending cycle of sporting events and other “party festival-like” attractions. THIS DOES NOT BELONG IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA.

 

THIS IS THE WRONG PROJECT IN THE WRONG LOCATION AT THE WRONG TIME

We are the LA QUINTA RESIDENTS for RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT (LQRRD) and we are ASKING YOU to recognize what this disruptive development really is by continuing to read the information on this site to better understand our profound disapproval of this Project.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

We ask that you join us in voicing your concerns and objections by writing to the La Quinta City Council and the Planning Commission (contact information follows). 

 

Sign the PETITION opposing the Project HERE.

 

Inform your friends and neighbors.

 

THE LQRRD NEEDS YOUR HELP TO FIGHT THIS PROJECT!

 

We are paying for land use lawyers, consultants, water experts and hydrologists to actively oppose this project and fight for the integrity of the community and Coral Mountain and for OUR aquifer.  The developer is spending millions to try to change the nature of where we live.

 

We need your support today so we can successfully defeat this project.

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration. ANY amount is greatly appreciated.

 

DONATE to the GoFundMe account HERE.

 
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We are the La Quinta Residents for Responsible Development

The LQRRD supports RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT of this parcel of land without water intensive features including a wave/surf pool

 

We DO NOT support the change in zoning to Tourist/Commercial/Residential/Open Recreation to allow for:

  • The wave/surf pool with its enormous water usage and noise

  • 24 hour access to the resort

  • Operational hours of 7 AM - 10 PM 365 days per year

  • Up to 600 STVRs - 600 residences (with multiple rooms available) plus a 150 room hotel, with no minimum stay required

  • Could be in excess of 4000 overnight guests

  • 54  "40 foot tall" light towers illuminating the 16.7 acre wave/surf pool

  • Hotel, bars, retail and other "sporting venues"

  • The increased population density with the Project hosting residents and transients alike which will increase traffic and road stress

 

We DO NOT support the change in zoning to allow for SPECIAL EVENTS that will impact the local residents nearby with increased traffic, noise, STVR usage, extended hours and media presence for multiple days a year.  There will be:

  • Up to FOUR Special Events per year,

  • Each spanning over FOUR days,

  • Up to 2500 attendees PER DAY,

  • Additional “set up and take down” days beyond the 4 days - adding even more traffic and disruption, and

  • Transient Use Permits (TUPS) - the City could allow additional Special Events without any input or say from the nearby residents. 

 

We DO NOT support SUB PHASE DEVELOPMENT.  This will stress our surrounding residential communities beyond reasonable limits with construction noise and disruption that could be ongoing for years.

 

The surrounding residential areas, because of a zoning change to Tourist Commercial, could be subject to an uninterrupted and pervasive  “PARTY FESTIVAL - LIKE” atmosphere, 24/7/365. 

 

The Project is not in keeping with the City of La Quinta’s Land Use Plan for residential development in South La Quinta. 

The Project is not in keeping with the expectations of the residents of La Quinta and the 2035 La Quinta General Plan.

If this Project is approved, the door will forever be open to future commercial large scale intrusion into residential areas throughout La Quinta. 

THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

 
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There are 5 water intensive projects proposed for the Coachella Valley, intended purely for recreational purposes, that are either approved or are in various stages in the review process. 

 

The wave basin is 16.7 acres in size. Imagine 12.6 football fields, filled with water three to six feet deep, spread across the desert floor in front of Coral Mountain.

The Coral Mountain Resort wave basin will be filled with 18 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER drawn directly from the underground aquifer which is recharged with water from the endangered Colorado River.  This is the same aquifer that provides drinking water to the Coachella Valley.  

 

A wave basin must be filled with potable water* because untreated non-potable water cannot be used for this purpose.  CVWD does not provide recycled water to this area.  If it did, recycled water could only be used for irrigation. 

*definition of potable water from the Water Education Foundation:

https://www.watereducation.org/aquapedia-background/potable-water : "Potable water, also known as drinking water, comes from surface and ground sources {in this case including the Colorado River} and is treated to levels that that meet state and federal standards for consumption”

 

Evaporation of water from the wave/surf pool will be staggering and constant, especially considering the high temperatures in La Quinta during the summer. It takes 18 million gallons of water for a one time fill of the pool.  It is projected that the pool will lose 3 or more times that amount annually to evaporation through wave action and the high temperatures, especially when subject to wind. This does not take into the account the times that the pool  might need to drained and refilled for maintenance or any other reason. This water will no longer be available to recharge our aquifer for drinking, bathing or for agricultural use.

 

WHY EVEN CONSIDER A SURF/WAVE POOL IN THIS DESERT ENVIRONMENT?

During a MEGA DROUGHT, with conditions that are only expected to worsen with time ...There are no guarantees that our valley's sources of water will continue on indefinitely.

Consider the state of the Colorado River upon which our aquifer depends.

Click on the following media links to learn more:

September 19, 2022

Los Angeles Times

Surfing in the California Desert?  Developer's plan sparks outrage over water use, drought

 

September 2, 2022

California Water Impact Network

No Water Out There

 

April 18, 2022

CNN

The top 10 most endangered rivers in America

April 16, 2022

Desert Sun 

Residents won’t take conservation seriously while cities approve water playgrounds 

 

March 11, 2022

Los Angeles Times 

With no respite from drought, officials call upon Californians to conserve water 

 

September 10, 2021

The Washington Post 

Depleted by drought, Lakes Powell and Mead were doomed from the beginning 

 

August 26, 2021

American Water Works Association 

US declares first Colorado River water shortage 

…the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) stated, “Given ongoing historic drought and low runoff conditions in the Colorado River Basin, downstream releases from Glen Canyon Dam and Hoover Dam will be reduced in 2022 due to declining reservoir levels. In the Lower Basin the reductions represent the first ‘shortage’ declaration—demonstrating the severity of the drought and low reservoir conditions.”

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WADI Adventures in the UAE built a surf park in the desert. 

 

A 140 mile dedicated pipeline brings in 1 million gallons weekly of desalinated water from the ocean which is cooled for the comfort and safety of the surfers in the summer.

 

Compare WADI Adventures to this Project, which will use the endangered Colorado River supply to fill the wave/surf pool Additionally the wave/ surf pool at the Coral Mountain Resort will not have the infrastructure to cool the water to ensure the safety of its users.

https://www.wadiadventure.ae/

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You can read about the City's plans for water conservation in the La Quinta 2035 General Plan HERE.


Does it make sense that this Project in La Quinta would be the 5th water intensive Project in the Coachella Valley to be approved and ultimately developed in these current times?  


This Project is not in keeping with the spirit of the La Quinta 2035 General Plan where it is stated … (Water Resources Section III - 57)


 “In order to assure that everyone in the region has sufficient water, it is important that La Quinta, as one of the stewards of the local water supply, manages and conserves this important resource”.


In the 2035 General Plan entitled “Planning For The Future”, the following is stated … (Section III - 62)


"The City has already implemented water conservation efforts and will need to continue and expand these  efforts to protect its water resources” 

 

"SAY NO" ... TO REZONING

This Project, with its many commercial aspects, is INCOMPATIBLE with the City of La Quinta’s Land Use Plan for residential neighborhoods in South La Quinta.

 

If this Project is approved, the door will forever be open to future large scale commercial intrusion into residential areas in all of La Quinta.

"SAY NO" ... TO SHORT TERM VACATION RENTALS

Up to 600 STVRs with multiple rooms available plus a 150 room hotel, with no minimum stay. 

Could be in excess of 4000 overnight guests.


The City of La Quinta has issued the following update, effective as of May 20, 2021:

“No NEW STVR permits will be issued until further notice, unless the property is located within Tourist Commercial or Village Commercial zones".

"SAY NO" ... TO NOISE

Access to the resort will be 24 hours per day.

 

OPERATIONAL HOURS OF 7 AM - 10 PM will allow for all activities including surfing in the wave basin and other recreational outlets unabated.

There will be noise associated with the outdoor operations of the HOTEL, RESTAURANTS, BARS and RETAIL.

There will be noise from the operation of the WAVE/SURF POOL:

  • Loudspeakers will call the wave at the basin every 3 minutes.  

  • The wave making machinery will be operational from 7 AM - 10 PM and later during Special Events.

 

There will be noise from the surf basin with its music, partygoers and jet skis.

Noise from the Special Events will be heard throughout the adjoining residential areas.

Construction noise will be ongoing for years due to sub phase development.

Noise will reverberate off of Coral Mountain and affect the adjacent communities.

"SAY NO" ... TO FIFTY FOUR, (YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY!), 40 FOOT TALL LIGHT TOWERS

FIFTY FOUR 40 FOOT TALL LIGHT TOWERS around the wave basin WILL BE ILLUMINATED UNTIL 10 PM AT NIGHT, or later for Special Events, to allow for night surfing and associated activities.  The reflection off the water, water vapour generated by the wave action, and the airborne particulate will cast a glow over the entire area.

THE TOWER LIGHTING COMBINED WITH THE GLARE FROM THE PROJECT'S COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND PARKING LOTS means we will say "goodbye” to our beautiful dark night desert skies that La Quinta is known for.

"SAY NO" ...  TO SPECIAL EVENTS

The Developer has applied for up to four SPECIAL EVENTS per year of four days each (16 days) with up to 2500 people in attendance each day. 


Televised Events mean more equipment, lights, sound systems and vehicles.


Additional numbers of Special Events could be granted at the sole discretion of the City through Temporary Use Permits. In other words, the residents will have no say going forward regarding the number of Special Events held annually. 


There will be “set up and take down” days above and beyond the Special Events themselves.


Along with the Special Events comes ...more traffic, congestion, noise, pedestrians and a ”rowdiness factor” with an increased draw on public services ... particularly law enforcement, EMT, and fire.


Think of the disruption to the surrounding residential communities.

"SAY NO" ...  TO INCREASED TRAFFIC

There is NO public transportation to South La Quinta  - it is a car dependent area and the general VMT (vehicle miles travelled) will increase and stress the current roadway systems.

 

There are access and egress concerns with the Project. 

 

These traffic issues will not just affect residents of South La Quinta - they could could affect YOU! 

"SAY NO" ...  TO SUB PHASE CONSTRUCTION

The Developer will only commit to building out in phases “IN RESPONSE TO MARKET CONDITIONS AND CONSUMER DEMAND”.  

If the Project is built out in sub-phases, there will be acres and acres that are not developed at times, or indeed never developed at all. Does La Quinta need yet another partially developed vacant land parcel - with the “dusty uncertainty” that would impact all?

Due to the proposed sub phased construction, it is possible that the Project will never be built out completely as proposed.  La Quinta residents will have no further say on this Project's development if the zoning change is approved by City Council.

The ongoing stop and start CONSTRUCTION NOISE AND TRAFFIC will be a long term issue for the surrounding residential communities, as part of sub-phase development

 

"SAY NO" ...  TO THE IMPACT ON WILDLIFE REFUGES

Coral Mountain and the surrounding area is home or provides corridors to A VARIETY OF DESERT SPECIES, including Peninsular Bighorn Sheep (Federally listed as Endangered, State‐listed as Threatened, California Fully Protected Species, and CVMSHCP covered species).

 
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SAY NO … TO THIS PROJECT IN THE "GEM OF THE DESERT"

PLEASE SAY YES TO HELPING THE LQRRD
 
CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION

PLEASE FORWARD THE LINK TO THIS WEBSITE TO YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
https://www.saynotothewave.com
 
There are 2 sections that follow on our website:

1.  You will find a section entitled “CONTACT YOUR CITY OF LA QUINTA REPRESENTATIVES” with email addresses and contact information.  

We urge you to  join your neighbors and send your comments to the La Quinta City Officials urging denial of the rezoning application. Be sure to include your thoughts as to why this Project concerns you. 

2.  You will also see a form entitled “CONTACT LA QUINTA RESIDENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT”.  Providing us with your contact information, particularly your email address,  will allow us to provide you with updates on our progress.  
 
You can send US a message with this form, be it a question, comment or concern. 

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN OUR PETITION

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Please help us protect this area of La Quinta by donating to our legal and consultant fund to retain the best expertise to provide fact-based information to the City Council and Planning Commission. 

CONTACT YOUR CITY OF LA QUINTA REPRESENTATIVES

 Linda Evans, Mayor,  E-mail: levans@laquintaca.gov
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Mayor Pro Tem, E-mail: kfitzpatrick@laquintaca.gov

Robert Radi, Council Member, E-mail: rradi@laquintaca.gov  
John Pena, Council Member, E-mail: jpena@laquintaca.gov
Steve Sanchez, Council Member, E-mail: ssanchez@laquintaca.gov
 
CONTACT THE CITY OF LA QUINTA PLANNING COMMISSION 
https://www.laquintaca.gov/business/boards-and-commissions/planning-commission
 

Cherri Flores, Planning Manager 
clflores@laquintaca.gov  


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