Incorporated in May 1960, Temple City is presently in the process of updating its General Plan. The General Plan is a long-range planning document that was last updated in 2002.
On September 11, 2007, the Planning Commission requested updates from each of the task force committees. The Commercial, Housing, and Parks and Open Spaces committees were founded in July 2007 to assist with updating the General Plan.
In addition to the three aforementioned committees, a Communications task force committee was created in June 2007. The Communications task force committee is expected to give a recommendation to the Planning Commission in October.
According to Planning Commissioner Carl Blum, the members of the Communications team will “figure out ways to better communicate with the citizens [of Temple City].” The Communications team has also created three subcommittees: Media, Education, and SWOT.
Members of the team distributed SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) surveys to businesses throughout the City. The deadline to return a SWOT survey was on September 15, 2007.
Lorraine Lefler, Chairwoman of the Housing task force committee, praised the surveys, “We’ve gotten good comments from those [SWOT surveys].” Additionally, she reported that the Housing team was discussing density, secondary housing units, relaxing developments restrictions, and the hiring of consultants.
The Housing task force committee has been assigned to produce a plan to build affordable housing units in Temple City. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) had ordered Temple City to have a plan for 978 additional affordable housing units.
Representing the Commercial task force committee, Commissioner Blum stated that the team had identified the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of the commercial aspect of the City. He added that five subcommittees had been formed to assist the Commercial task force committee.
The Commercial task force committee has been designated to recommend ways to generate sales tax revenue for the City. Additionally, one of its goals is to find a way to triple the current sales tax revenue the City receives.
Speaking for the Parks and Open Spaces task force committee, Peggy Miller, the secretary, stated that members of the team had discussed meeting with the Commercial task force committee, buying land from churches, and attending workshops on grants that the City could receive from the state and federal governments.
The Parks and Open Spaces task force committee is responsible for working with the Parks and Recreation commission to find additional areas within Temple City for parks.
For more information about the task force committees, please contact Joe Lambert, Community Development Manager, at 626-285-2171.
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on November 7, 2007.