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Association thinks about long-term priorities

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident Rochelle Putnam will chair the Ad Hoc Long Range Planning Committee established at the May 20 meeting of the Association.
She and seven association members, yet to be named, will discuss and prepare a long-range planning document for the Association.
At its May 6 meeting, the Association decided what to address and how to organize the ideas and recommendations. This time it was decided that the ideas be organized by category such as “Conservation and Open Space,” which will focus on environmental sustainability, reforestation and open space acquisitions.
Under the heading of “Public Safety,” the plan is to design and construct a new patrol facility, to prepare for disasters and wildfire, fire prevention and communication to notify residents of impending danger.
In the “Infrastructure and Utilities,” category, the directors want to look at better broadband access, utility availability such as extending natural gas lines, overhead utilities and extending sewer service. They also want to review options for trash collection, propane purchases and mail costs. The category also includes looking in to procuring additional playing fields.
Under “Circulation,” they will look at traffic, to reduce cut-through trips. Roundabouts will also be considered along with intersection improvements. Efforts should continue to obtain additional segments or trails and provide ongoing maintenance.
The board also wants to review existing committees, review association facilities and look for opportunities to partner or work with other organizations.
The long-range planning began in 1990 when the Association established the Rancho 2000 Task Force to prepare the first planning document. Ten years later in 2000, the Association again established a committee to prepare a subsequent long-range plan. Now the 2010 Task Force prioritized the top three topics as traffic, political involvement and open space.
After a mini-retreat in January, additional topics discussed were broadband access, a new patrol facility and environmental sustainability.
The next step will be to name a committee to write a planning document.

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