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Pedestrian Circulation in the Temple Hills Community
Improving pedestrian circulation in our community has always been an important priority for THCA. We have been following several projects that can help improve pedestrian circulation.

1) Sidewalk along Temple Hills Drive
This is an ongoing project. Last year several THCA members surveyed residents on and near Temple Hills Drive about the sidewalk. The majority of residents saw a critical need for a sidewalk. We also walked the entire proposed sidewalk project with the City engineer and the city's consultant. It was clear to us that there were may trade-offs to be considered, including reducing the impact on right-of-way of those who adjoin the project.

The city held a public hearing several months ago to receive community input. Those who wanted sidewalks, those who wanted both a sidewalk and a bike lane, and those who wanted to not have anything done were all well represented. The city will be conducting traffic and use studies soon.

Design Review will be holding a hearing on the proposed sidewalk extension project this Thursday, May 12th at City Hall. . Your participation is encouraged. .

2) Lateral pathways and a possible park in the neighborhood
As many of you know, the original Temple Hills Subdivision plans set aside land for a network of pathways and a neighborhood park. Significant sections of that original plan has been compromised over the years by selling or giving parts of it away.

Recently THCA has successfully lobbied the city to form a study to explore options that would increase pedestrian circulation and public recreation in the community. Fortunately, there are still some options left to be considered. We are also working with the water district to see if more land can be used for these public purposes. News of progress here will be posted on the THCA website the THCA Facebook page, and discussed at the annual meeting.
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Walkway and Aliso Creek

Over the years, Bob Borthwick has been involved in pushing for a pedestrian walkway from Aliso Beach to the conserved lands of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. With the recent Coastal Commission approval of a permit for the Ranch at Laguna Beach, it appears that Bob’s vision of many years ago soon will be realized. However, the U.S. Corps of Engineers is unveiling plans for controlling Aliso Creek and its flood plain that becomes a problem in the wilderness park during heavy rainfall. Over the years, small dams and riprap have been placed to slow the movement of water, but in the process the terrain has been so altered as to change the natural direction of the creek altogether. The Corps is offering a series of alternative plans for control and protection of sewer pipes that presently traverse the canyons. The new plans should be ready for public review in May 2015. Of course, the ideal solution would be to rethink all the old and new projects and find a way to restore the canyon lands and control flooding in natural ways. — Ron Chilcote
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Pedestrian Circulation and Open Space

City Hearing on Temple Hills Drive
— Sidewalk Extension

On Thursday, February 11th at 6pm, the Laguna Beach Design Review Board will be holding a public hearing at City Hall to receive comments about the proposed extension of a sidewalk on Temple Hills Drive from Dunning Dr. up to Palm Dr.  The public is welcome to attend and comment.  Read more about the design review hearing.

Temple Hills Pathways and Open Space

One of THCA’s long-term objectives for the community is to improve pedestrian circulation options and create public open space such as trails and parks.  As most residents know, the original subdivision plans for the Temple Hills community set aside public trails and space for a Temple Hills Park. Although the land for these improvements was officially dedicated to the County even before the City existed, the original plans for the subdivision were, to a large extent, ignored by the City over the years after the City inherited the dedicated land from the County.

The need to improve pedestrian circulation and open spaces in now greater than ever since the entire Temple Hills area is now almost fully built out.  For example, each year the State ranks California cities on measures of safety.  Interestingly, Laguna Beach ranks as the very worst city for our size for pedestrian safety.  Not just in the lower 10%, but absolutely last.  Temple Hills Dr, is, of course, a significant part of the pedestrian circulation and safety issue in Laguna Beach.

Regarding open space, there are parts of the Temple Hills community that are over a two mile round-trip walk to the nearest park, beach, or school playground.  Most cities in the state, including the cities immediately adjoining Laguna Beach,  would consider that completely unacceptable. Interestingly, the city allowed the land dedicated as the Temple Hills Park to slip into private hands decades ago by not exerting the legal dedication made on that public open space.  It was a big step in the wrong direction.

If we are going to have a pedestrian-friendly city with common open-space to enjoy then we need pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with neighborhood parks.  Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and parks is something that our elected representatives must set as a priority, or it won’t happen.  We will continue to have a community that only accessible by cars, and have our children and adult walkers try to compete with the cars on the streets since there is no place for them to walk, play, and gather.  >More<

Walkway and Aliso Creek
January 27th, 2016

Over the years, Bob Borthwick has been involved in pushing for a pedestrian walkway from Aliso Beach to the conserved lands of Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. With the recent Coastal Commission approval of a permit for the Ranch at Laguna Beach, it appears that Bob’s vision of many years ago soon will be realized. However, the U.S. Corps of Engineers is unveiling plans for controlling Aliso Creek and its flood plain that becomes a problem in the wilderness park during heavy rainfall. Over the years, small dams and riprap have been placed to slow the movement of water, but in the process the terrain has been so altered as to change the natural direction of the creek altogether. >More<

WINTER  2016

ISSUE  INCLUDES
Pathways & Open Space | Downtown | THCA Annual Meeting | Gains and Losses |  Membership | If you haven’t renewed your membership yet for this year, please use the membership coupon in the newsletter.

SUMMER / FALL 2015

ISSUE  INCLUDES
Temple Hills Public Pathways | San Remo Bloc Party | Q&A | THCA Annual Report |
Artist Recognition | Annual Meeting Minutes

WINTER 2015

ISSUE  INCLUDES
Dialogue with Rob Zur Schmiede, Newly Elected City Council Member | Bruce Hopping and Local Swim Program | The Activities of the Neighborhood Groups | Walkway and Aliso Creek

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Temple Hills Community Association Mission Statement

The Temple Hills Community Association is an organization of Temple Hills residents working as a group, and with other associations and governmental bodies, to preserve and enhance the quality of life within the Temple Hills neighborhood. Its goals are to:

  • Maintain the unique village character of the community with its natural vegetation and diversity in housing
  • Encourage planned and orderly growth and prevent excessive density and home size
  • Ensure the safety of community streets and walkways
  • Preserve views and open space, conserve natural resources and protect outstanding geographical features
  • Inform residents on issues affecting the Temple Hills neighborhood in particular and Laguna Beach in general
  • Ensure the residents of Temple Hills a significant, representative voice in the future of their community.

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