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 (residents, members and guests only) RESORT that is proposed to include:
A 16.7 acre wave/surf pool
600 Short Term Vacation Rental Units
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).
Inform your friends and neighbors.
THE LQRRD NEEDS YOUR HELP TO FIGHT THIS PROJECT!
We are paying for land use lawyers, consultants, lobbyists 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.
We are the La Quinta Residents for Responsible Development
We support RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT of this parcel of land with the current zoning remaining in place as Low Density Residential/Golf.
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
17 “80 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!
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 Coral Mountain Resort wave basin will be filled with 18 MILLION GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER drawn directly from the underground aquifer. This is the same aquifer that provides drinking water to the Coachella Valley. A wave basin must be filled with drinking water because recycled and non-potable water cannot be used for this purpose by law. This is water that will no longer be available for drinking, bathing or for agricultural use.
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. This water will become very hot in the summer (think heat stroke temperatures) and subject to significant evaporation rates due to sun, high temperatures, wind, wave action and low humidity.
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:
April 18, 2022
April 16, 2022
March 11, 2022
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2021
The Washington Post
August 26, 2021
American Water Works Association
…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.”
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 uses drinking water from our aquifer to fill the wave/surf pool and does not have the infrastructure to cool
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. 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 could reverberate off of Coral Mountain and into our communities.
"SAY NO" ... TO 80 FOOT LIGHT TOWERS
SEVENTEEN 80 FOOT TALL LIGHT TOWERS around the wave basin WILL BE ILLUMINATED UNTIL 10 PM AT NIGHT to allow for night surfing and associated activities.
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”.
It could be many years before the residential component is fully developed. The Developer states that the homes will START at 2.5 million dollars. We must ask ... how many homes in La Quinta have sold in that price range in the last several years? Is this price point even reasonable?
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).
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
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