Hi Chris Warner,
When you edit a page there is a div that overlaps the controls defined in the master page. Also it does not make sense to have access to the control defined in template on the page level. If you have 100 pages that use this template and you change the content of the control defined in the template this will apply to these 100 pages. The changes to the template controls have to be made only on template level.
You could create predefined areas
on which you have added some controls, so that a user will know where and what to do.
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