On June 12th, 2007, the Planning Commission once again designated a portion of the agenda to discuss the General Plan update, which is a long-range planning document for the city of Temple City. The last update took place in 2002.
In May, the Planning Commission stated that the priority of the General Plan update should be the Housing element. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), a regional authority, has assessed a total of 978 housing units to be built. 566 units of 978 required must be “affordable” housing.
At the June 12th, 2007 meeting, Commissioner Jim LeBerthon asked whether or not any low-income housing units would be available to a specific group of people. Community Developer Manager Joe Lambert responded by saying the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development would monitor the low-income housing units.
Then, Chairman Vincent Yu asked whether the low-income affordable housing units would be limited to rental units. Lambert responded that the low-income affordable housing units would not be limited to rental units.
The remainder of the evening was devoted to the formation of the Communications Task Force committee. The Communications Task Force committee has been charged with developing ways to effectively inform the residents of Temple City about the proposed General Plan update.
The following individuals have volunteered to serve on the Communications Task Force Committee: Planning Commissioner Carl Blum, City Manager/City Attorney Charles Martin, Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra, Chamber of Commerce President Linda Payne, John Quintanilla, Patricia Johnson, and Patricia Bateman.
Presently, the Planning Commission has formed three other task force committees: Commercial, Housing, and Parks and Open spaces, in addition to the formation of the Communications task force committee.
Residents are being asked to fill out SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) surveys to assist the Planning Commission and its various task force committees. The SWOT surveys may be found on the City’s website as well as various business locations within the city.
The Temple City Voice community highly encourages residents to be involved with this General Plan update process.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in September 5, 2007 issue of the Temple City Voice.