2012 Areas of Focus

Design Right of Way Improvements: Traffic Circle, Hardscape, Median
Complete Landscaping: North side of Palm Canyon Drive
Broaden BVA participation through expanded Committee and Board involvement
Establish the Borrego Village Foundation
BVA Update – June 2012
 

Design Right of Way Improvements: Traffic Circle, Hardscape, Median

In May 2011, BVA representatives met with San Diego County 5th District Supervisor Bill Horn and his staff to present the “Palm Canyon Drive Vitalization Plan,” which they enthusiastically endorsed. Supervisor Horn pledged his support to BVA's efforts and suggested that a first step could be implementing a “traffic circle study” for the intersection of Country Club and Palm Canyon Drive, including required traffic and civil engineering. As the “Western Gateway” entry to Borrego's village core, a well-designed round-about for traffic mitigation would help reduce speeds upon entering the village and increase safety at this dangerous intersection.

Other improvements such as paving the median, adding crosswalks, diagonal parking, and street landscaping are being advanced in continuing discussions with the San Diego County Department of Public Works and the Department of Transportation.

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Complete Landscaping: North side of Palm Canyon Drive

In April, 2011, BVA installed four linear “Pocket Parks” along the south side of Palm Canyon Drive, thanks to our community and the support of San Diego Gas & Electric. Here is what we accomplished –

· Raised more than $40,000 in donations
· Created 34,000 square feet of landscaping
· Removed 12, 000 square feet of asphalt
· Planted 50 native species trees
· Planted 12 Ocotillos
· Installed 6 concrete memorial benches, contributed by 6 donors and installed pro bono by Anson Construction
· Involved 12 Urban Corps volunteers, 15 SDG&E certified arborists/area forester staff, and 12 local volunteers

BVA's goal this year is to complete landscaping on the North side of Palm Canyon Drive. We have received a generous donation of 40 indigenous Fan Palms from Bill Wright, and we are working to complete participation agreements with major property owners. SDG&E has again volunteered additional labor for installation. Volunteers and donations for installation, shrubs, irrigation and additional benches are gratefully accepted.

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Broaden BVA participation through expanded Committee and Board involvement

While the BVA has made great strides in shaping a vision for the Village Core, our all-volunteer group realizes that there is still much to do. To broaden and strengthen efforts and maintain the momentum, the BVA actively seeks interested individuals with certain skills for a variety of tasks – both as sub-committee members focused around specific goals and as board members to provide leadership. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact a BVA board member, and all inquiries are welcome.

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Establish the Borrego Village Foundation

The Borrego Village Association was incorporated as a 501c6 organization, which means donations are not considered “charitable” and are not tax-deductible, except as a business expense. To attract the significant financial support we require, we are in advanced planning to establish a new 501c3 organization, the Borrego Village Foundation, which will provide the benefits of tax-deductibility for potential charitable donors.

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BVA Update - June 2012

We’ve been busy so far during 2012!

Have you noticed? Improvements are taking place along Palm Canyon Drive.

In the past year, several attractive “pocket parks” have been developed and unsightly asphalt has been removed. These first steps were made possible by donations of time, services and money by residents, local businesses, and visitors alike.

Over the past few years with leadership from the Borrego Springs Sponsor Group, Borregans devoted thousands of hours defining key improvement opportunities within our community.

Several open community forums were held to gather feedback and ideas. The resulting Borrego Springs Community Plan was developed and approved locally and by the County Board of Supervisors.

With the Community Plan in place, the Borrego Village Association (BVA) drafted the “Palm Canyon Vitalization Plan” which envisions possible improvements throughout Borrego Village, our core business area. In the ensuing months, this plan was positively received by business owners and other community members through presentations to many groups and organizations.

Building upon the positive results of the “pocket parks,” the BVA prepared recommendations to improve pedestrian safety and provide more parking for automobiles and RVs within the Village.

Draft recommendations were presented at the open Sponsor Group meeting in May. The recommendations were approved by the Sponsor Group and submitted to the County Traffic Advisory Committee for review and implementation.

Since the submission, concerns with some of the recommendations have been raised by a few community members. In light of these concerns, the BVA asked the Sponsor Group to rescind the recommendations until further refinements can be made.

While these initial recommendations are being refined, the BVA continues to focus on future projects within the public right-of-way. The BVA is committed to identifying positive improvements, consistent with our community culture and desert environment. During this time of reflection, the BVA will continue our two-way dialogue with business owners and other community members on how to further improve Borrego Village and the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Sincerely,

Borrego Village Association Board of Directors

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