Projections put Palm Springs population at more than 100,000 within 20 years

Audience members examine possible zoning changes in Palm Springs during a community workshop Tuesday evening at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Imagine a city with more than double the current population, 26,000 additional jobs, and 19,000 more housing units. That’s what Palm Springs can expect by 2040, planners said Tuesday, as they shared a draft of updated plans to prepare for what could be the highest rate of growth in the city in 70 years.

The projections were presented to a sparse crowd at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and up to a dozen others who tuned in on Facebook Live, during a community workshop to discuss an update of the city’s General Plan. A deadline to adopt the entire update comes in April 2022. It was last updated in 2014.

The plan addresses nine areas of importance to the city, including air quality, noise issues, and recreational opportunities. None of those may be as important as the housing element. City planners, and consultants they are working with, must figure out where a projected population of 101,000 people — up from the current population of 46,000 — will live. The housing portion of the updated plan is due for adoption in October.

Projections for the future growth of Palm Springs, seen here, were shared Tuesday evening during a community meeting.

If population predictions pan out, the city will grow by 118 percent in the next 20 years. That’s only five percent less than the last time the population boomed — going from 3,400 to 7,600 between 1940 and 1950.

Wendy Nowak, principal at a firm hired by the city to help guide the update, told audience members that to address the growth the city must work to change zoning maps, land use descriptions within the zones, and identify how a mix of single-family and high-density housing can blend in with the needs of businesses and the environment.

City residents on hand Tuesday evening got a look at current maps outlining how that might happen. Nowak and city planning staff encouraged those who could not make the meeting to look at the plans and share their thoughts by going here. The deadline for public input on the maps is this Sunday, July 18.

The public may also provide comments directly to the Planning Services Department via email at [email protected]. To view a recording of Tuesday’s workshop and any other materials related to the General Plan update you can visit the project website at

The Post covered two of four community meetings last month that specifically addressed housing issues in the city. Coverage of those meetings is available here and here.

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POLICE SEEK HELP: Police investigating an alleged attack outside an East Arenas Road bar on July 9 have asked the public to help identify the men pictured above. According to an earlier report, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Arenas Road at 1:40 AM after reports that a man and a friend were involved in a physical confrontation after exchanging words with another man. Following the altercation, one of the men involved was running away when he slipped and struck his head, suffering a brain injury. The subject who was chasing the victim left the area in a black convertible. The victim, who friends have identified as a Glendale resident and member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, remains in critical condition at Desert Regional Medical Center. The friends started a fund to help offset the victim’s medical expenses. Anyone with information about the men in the pictures, or who may have witnessed the incident, is asked to call Detective Escallada at 760-323-8129. You may also report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867. Police said identifying the men pictured is imperative to the investigation.

HIRING UPDATE: With six weeks left until Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes retires, City Manager Justin Clifton said Tuesday the city is conducting a nationwide search for his replacement. Clifton said a wide net is also being cast for a new assistant city manager, following the departure of Marcus Fuller, who left to fill the city manager role in Rialto. Both positions are actively being recruited by Ralph Andersen and Associates, a California firm. Initial applications will undergo an internal review process by the end of the month. During that review, candidates with the strongest qualifications will be invited to take part in several key assessment interviews with members of the City Council, staff, and community leaders.


MIZELL EVENTS: The Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way, offers 10 events, beginning at 8 AM. For a complete list of today’s offerings for everyone in the community, turn here.

PLANNING COMMISSION: The Palm Springs Planning Commission meets at 5:30 PM. More information about that meeting can be found here.

POWER BASEBALL: The Palm Springs Power is hosting the Power Summer Collegiate League Championship tonight at Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Rd. The first pitch is at 7:05 PM. Youth players who wear their team jerseys get free admission and can attend an autograph session after the game. A complete schedule of Power baseball is available here.


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Palm Springs Unified School District calendar

Mizell Center calendar of events

Desert Water Agency calendar

ONE-PS calendar of events

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Current road projects and closures

Currently active development projects

FIND Food Bank mobile market schedule

Palm Springs Disposal pickup schedule

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