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Development of housing in La Quinta is guided by the goals, objectives, and policies of the Housing Element in the City’s General Plan. The overall intent of the Housing Element is to provide safe and decent housing for all parts of the community. The City of La Quinta provides housing ranging from apartments to large, single-family homes. In addition, the City's development standards provide for affordable sale and rental housing for lower income households requiring special needs.
La Quinta’s affordable housing developments are designed to blend seamlessly into the community. Existing developments include Seasons and Miraflores (both include single-family and senior housing); Hadley Villas and Watercolors (senior housing); Washington Street Apartments (senior and special needs housing); Cove rental homes (family housing); and affordable units reserved within several market-rate apartment complexes.
La Quinta has raised the bar on affordable workforce housing. The City is especially proud of the Vista Dunes Courtyard Homes (Vista Dunes) project, located one Miles Avenue near Adams Street. Once a dilapidated mobile home park, Vista Dunes is now home to 300 low-income residents housed in 80 “LEED for Homes” Platinum-certified units. Vista Dunes in La Quinta is the nation’s largest multi-family affordable housing project to obtain LEED “Platinum” certification and is the first in California to achieve this standard. “LEED” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an ecology-oriented building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that focuses on energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and long-term sustainability.
Vista Dunes Courtyard Homes incorporates the most advanced water and energy efficiencies available today, such as solar panels and tankless water heaters, which enable residents to save a significant amount of money on their water and energy bills. In addition, Vista Dunes is conveniently located near shopping and schools; and programs such as after-school tutoring, day care, and adult classes are conducted on-site. Every unit in Vista Dunes achieved Platinum certification – the highest level possible, and Vista Dunes is the largest multi-family development in the United States to achieve this certification. Wolff Waters Place, a green affordable housing community in La Quinta located at the Northwest corner of Avenue 48 and Dune Palms Road.
Wolff Waters Place is named in memory of La Quinta’s first Mayor Fred Wolff and socially-minded local businessman Alan Waters. “As our community grows and flourishes, we are committed to helping La Quinta residents find suitable housing and delivering services that meet their needs,” La Quinta Mayor Don Adolph said. There are 218 units with open floor plans within the units and building placement throughout the complex ensures maximum free space for the needs of the larger families which the project serves. Large courtyards are designed around building openings, providing tenants with plush grassy areas, communal benches and barbeques, a sports court, a community room, a day care center, and play structures for the kids.
Wolff Waters Place is Santa Barbara-inspired with smooth stucco finishes and red tile roofs. Construction is environmentally-friendly, with LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified aspects to take full advantage of green building methods and incentives. A community building will house a day care center, computer lab, meeting rooms, and pool and spa area. Tot lots and open spaces are also designed into the project.