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November 29, 2018

Community Update

by Robert Rodriguez, Planning Director

City Planning: Public Participation

Have you ever wondered why all the houses on your street are set back from the street a similar distance, why a new commercial building is painted in certain colors or has a specific landscape theme, or why a shopping center has the amount of parking it does?  Maybe you’ve received a letter from the City about a project in your neighborhood. These are all part of the planning process. The Planning Department guides projects through this process, which typically begins with submittal of an application and ends with formal approval by a City appointed board or commission.

An important part of the planning process is public participation. The idea of public participation is that those who are potentially affected by a decision can participate in the decision-making process. It also provides an opportunity for individuals or groups to shape their community and improve the quality of life for all residents, which is to City planning. Public participation can occur in many ways including submitting comments to the City prior to the consideration of a project for approval, visiting the Planning Department to review plans and asking any questions you may have, or speaking at a public meeting. If you’re interested in participating in the planning process, there are two important Commissions/Committees always open to the public:

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is composed of five members who are residents of the City and appointed by the City Council. The Planning Commission has the authority to review, based on the City’s codes and regulations, any and all proposals submitted to the City. Except for a few legislative items, all decisions are final unless appealed to the City Council. The Planning Commission holds regularly scheduled public meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The meetings are also broadcasted LIVE to the community on the City’s local channel and recorded and posted on the City’s website for viewing at any time. For more information on the Planning Commission, past recorded meetings or upcoming agendas, you may use the following links:

About the Planning Commission - http://www.cathedralcity.gov/services/planning/planning-commission

Recorded meetings prior to October 1, 2018 - http://www.cathedralcity.gov/government/agendas-minutes/planning-commission

Upcoming or meetings after October 1, 2018 - http://cathedralcityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

Architectural Review Committee

The Architectural Review Committee is composed of five members, of which two of the members must have specialized licensing.  The first must be a licensed architect, and the other, a landscape architect. The Committee reviews projects for compliance with applicable provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, particularly those that relate to site design, architecture and landscaping. The Committee may make final decisions or recommendations to the Planning Commission, depending on the particular project. The Committee meets on a needs basis.  All meeting dates and agendas are posted in advance on the City’s website. For more information on the Architectural Review Committee’s past meetings or upcoming agendas, you may use the following links:

About the Architectural Review Committee - http://www.cathedralcity.gov/services/planning/architectural-review-subcommittee

Past and upcoming meetings - http://www.cathedralcity.gov/services/planning/agendas-minutes/architectural-review-subcommittee

For additional information on the Planning Commission, Architectural Review Committee or the planning process, please contact the Planning Department at (760)770-0380.

News

North Pole Village at Snow Fest Comes to Cathedral City on December 8th

North Pole Village at Snow Fest Comes to Cathedral City on December 8th

  North Pole Village at Snow Fest North Pole Village • Santa Arrival • 20,000 Candy Cane Drop • Tree Lighting • Holiday Market • Snow Bubbles Bring the entire family to the “North Pole Village at Snow Fest,” presented by ACE Hardware (Cathedral City), in Downtown Cathedral City on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 5 pm to 9 pm …

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Cathedral City Artists’ Exhibit Opening Reception Attracts a Crowd of Art Enthusiasts

Cathedral City Artists’ Exhibit Opening Reception Attracts a Crowd of Art Enthusiasts

The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission held its inaugural Cathedral City Artists’ Exhibit Reception on Monday night to the delight of the art community.  It was a who’s who in the local art scene and packed with art enthusiasts. If you missed the opening night reception, good news!  The public is invited to come and tour one of the best … Read more.

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Cathedral City Downtown Amphitheater Groundbreaking Ceremony – December 6th

Cathedral City Downtown Amphitheater Groundbreaking Ceremony – December 6th

Join the City Council and the Parks and Community Events Commission for the Cathedral City Downtown Amphitheater Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, December 6, 2018, 3:00 pm located at 68510 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City. In January 2017, Cathedral City received a State Parks Grant in the amount of $1.4 million for an outdoor amphitheater and park area in the downtown …

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Events

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Stop Identity Theft Program

Stop Identity Theft Program

To help STOP identity theft and as a service to its residents, the City of Cathedral City is hosting FREE Document Shredding Events. The Shredding Events are the first Saturday of the month October thru May each year.

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Cathedral City Artists' Exhibit

Cathedral City Artists' Exhibit

The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission is proud to announce the inaugural Cathedral City Artists' Exhibit that will commence on Saturday, December 1st through February 2, 2019.  The exhibit featuring only Cathedral City artists will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Cathedral City Arts Museum at City Hall (nearest to the Mary …

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9th Annual Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club Extravaganza
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Two for Tuesday

Cathedral City residents can ice skate for half-price on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding holidays) at Desert Ice Castle. Just bring proof of being a Cathedral City resident, such as an Driver’s license, copy of a utility bill, or any other form of residential proof.  Ages 3 years and up. The Time for Public Skate Available for "Two …

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Cathedral City Downtown Amphitheater Groundbreaking Ceremony
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North Pole Village at Snow Fest

North Pole Village at Snow Fest

Bring the entire family for this special event that shall become a tradition!  North Pole Village at Snow Fest captures all the holiday spirit and places it at one event.  You will enjoy an outdoor market featuring holiday arts & crafts, food, treats, and beverages including hot chocolate.  Best of all, you will be captivated by a stroll down Main Street at the North Pole Village lit up with holiday lights.  Listen to holiday music, smell the fresh cookies baking, and  ...Read more.

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Mayoral & New Councilmembers' Inauguration & Reception

Mayoral & New Councilmembers' Inauguration & Reception

You are invited to the Mayoral & New Councilmembers' Inauguration and Reception on Monday, December 10, 2018.  The Inauguration begins at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers featuring the Cathedral City High School Color Guard and the Cathedral City High School Choir. At 6:00 pm, gather in the Paseo between City Administration and the Police Department for the Inauguration Reception …

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Police Officer Memorial Dedication

Police Officer Memorial Dedication

Join the City Council of Cathedral City, Cathedral City Police Department, and the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission for the "Police Officer Memorial Dedication" on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:00 am located adjacent to the Cathedral City Police Department, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero.  

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Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs for “Movies in the Park” located this season at the Downtown Festival Lawn, 68600 East Palm Canyon Drive (HWY 111) in Cathedral City.  The free event, hosted by the Cathedral City Evening Rotary and sponsored by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening between November and May, at 7:00 pm, except for the month of May, which begins at 8:30 pm due to daylight savings time. Read more.

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Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is a portal for the very best in world cinema, welcoming more than 136,000 enthusiastic filmgoers.  For the fourth year in a row, the film festival will utilize the Mary Pickford Theatre in Downtown Cathedral City to showcase many of the films on multiple screens.

For tickets and all information about the festival, go to www.PSFilmFest.org 

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4th Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival

4th Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival

LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, TEQUILA/BEER, FIREWORKS SHOW, KID ZONE AND OUTDOOR MARKET!

For Sponsorship or Booth Rental Opportunities, contact:

Eric Davis, City of Cathedral City
(760) 770-0340, Ext. 134
SponsorshipSpecialist@cathedralcity.gov

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For Questions or Comments, Contact Chris Parman, Communications and Events Manager
cparman@cathedralcity.gov