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La Quinta development now calls for four-hole golf training facility

La Quinta development now calls for four-hole golf training facility

A proposal to develop a large swath of vacant land in south La Quinta, California, into as many as 1,200 homes and a 100-room resort is soon heading to the city council, after the plans gained recent approval from the city’s planning commission.

Known as Travertine, the project encompasses roughly 855 acres of land. While initial plans for the project gained approval in 1995, the revised proposal — which calls for fewer homes, along with a four-hole golf training facility instead of two 18-hole courses — is making its way through the process at city hall.

A resort with 100 villas and a wellness spa, which would include yoga programs and tennis courts, are also part of the proposal, along with a sizable trail system that would run several miles around and through the site.

The proposal has drawn scrutiny from several residents, mostly from an adjacent Trilogy community, during a pair of recent planning commission meetings. The residents are not in opposition to the overall project, but rather concerned with its plans to construct an elevated access road over a berm along Avenue 62, saying it will cause noisy disturbances for residents in the area.

If Travertine is approved by the council next month, the lead developer, Newport Beach-based TRG Land, has estimated the first phase will be built by 2029, with additional construction phases expected to extend into 2033.

What the developer said

Mark Rogers, a developer with TRG Land, noted the project’s substantial reduction in scale during the planning commission’s May 28 meeting. The 1995 specific plan allowed for up to 2,300 homes and a 500-room hotel, along with two golf courses and a tennis club that were removed under the new proposal.

“Our goal, when we began to take this project on five years ago, was to right-size it,” Rogers said. “We’ve taken a project and effectively reduced it by 33 percent in total impacts and … almost half the number of units. We’ve also preserved 300 acres … in permanent open space that will add to the ambience of the trail systems that we provide in this project as one of the major amenities.”

The homes at Travertine are slated to be sold at market-rate prices, Rogers said, with home sizes ranging from 1,450 to 3,600 square feet. The first phase of the development is expected to include 600 homes.

“It’s not just another Andalusia or Madison Club,” Rogers said. “It’s really a project that’s meant to provide a range of housing that meets a…


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