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The Shadowrock Referendum
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On November 17, 1993, the City Council approved a Development Agreement for the proposed Shadowrock development
to be built just below the oasis near the top of the Chino Cone. The "Original Term" of the agreement
was for ten (10) years. It was subsequently extended until June 29, 2006.
On April 26, 2006, the Palm Springs Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request of Shadowrock Real
Estate Development, LLC to grant an extension of ten (10) additional years to the term of the Development Agreement.
A number of persons, representing a number of organizations, including Save Our Mountains, testified against the
extension. Only one person, Mark Bragg, the developer, testified in favor. After discussion, the Planning Commission
voted 5-0 for Commissioner Reinglein's motion to recommend that the City Council deny the application. The hearing
can be seen in the video archives by clicking here.
On May 3, 2006, the City Council held a public hearing on the Shadowrock Development Agreement extension. Mayor
Pro Tem Foat recused herself on the advice of the City Attorney due to the possible perception of a conflict of
interest. To see the staff report, click here. This time the developer packed the chambers with supporters wearing
cute "Shadowrock" hats. Most of them did not testify and their faces were totally unfamiliar to those
of us who are active in Palm Springs issues. Again, the individuals representing the organizations for protecting
our natural resources, including Save Our Mountains, testified against the extension. The City Council voted 3-1
to extend the Agreement for the additional ten (10) years. With Mayor Pro Tem Foat absent, Councilmember Pougnet
was the lone vote against.
On May 17, 2006, the City Council, by the same 3-1 vote, adopted Ordinance No. 1689 without further reading and
to be effective 30 days from that date. The Ordinance can be viewed by clicking here.
On May 18, Save Our Mountains began raising funds and had counsel begin drafting the Petitions to require a Referendum
on the City Council's decision. By May 22, the Petitions were on the street.
The Shadowrock project originally consisted of an 18-hole golf course, a spa/fitness/tennis facility, 135 single-family
and luxury estate homes, and a 270-unit lodge facility consisting of a 60-unit hotel building, 10 luxury bungalows
and 200 luxury condominiums. It continues to entail construction of an "18-hole golf course, clubhouse, hotel/resort,
future residential use, and a reservoir site on 347.67 acres." The golf course, by itself, would span the
canyon from toe-of-slope to toe-of-slope on both sides of Tramway road and would involve grading of "370,000
cubic yards of earth cut, about 350,000 cubic yards of earth fill, and about 280,000 cubic yards of import fill."
The developer needs to start fresh and a new Development Agreement needs to be created that better protects this
incredible natural resource.
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