Nested within the San Gabriel Valley is the tranquil City of Temple City. Temple City, famed for its single- story homes, prestigious education, and the Camellia Festival, is currently in the process of updating its General Plan. This long-range planning document was last updated in 2002.
At the July 10th, 2007 Planning Commission meeting, Commissioners voted unanimously to send invitations to individuals who may possibly be interested in joining a task force committee focused on three main aspects: commercial, housing, and parks and open spaces.
In June 2007, the Communications Task Force Committee was formed. Members of the Communications Task Force will “figure out ways to better communicate with citizens here” stated Planning Commissioner Carl Blum.
In addition, their goal is to encourage residents to participate either as a member of a committee or to fill up a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) survey. SWOT surveys have been available on the City of Temple City website as well as various Temple City businesses.
The Parks and Open Spaces task force committee will work with the Parks and Recreation Commission to incorporate plans for possible lands that can serve as future parks.
The Commercial Task Force committee has been designated to recommend ways to generate sales tax revenues, create a climate for developers to establish businesses, and verify appropriate zoning for various lots. Additionally, a goal is to develop a way to triple the present sales tax revenue the City receives.
The Housing Task Force committee will discuss issues of housing and formulate ways and means to meet the state mandate to build affordable housing.
Also during the meeting, residents volunteered to serve as members of various task force committees. One resident noted that the Planning Commission could make an announcement during the “Concerts in the Parks” events on Wednesdays. Another resident suggested a Civic Education meeting to allow residents the opportunity to understand how the City functions.
The Temple City Voice highly encourages residents to participate in one of these various task force committees to order to improve upon the quality of life of the Temple City community. For more information about the committees, contact Community Development Manager Joe Lambert at 626-285-2171.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the September 19, 2007 issue of the Temple City Voice.