Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

City Council

Councilmember Brian Maienschein was in attendance at our regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7. He thanked the MRNPC members for their dedication and work within Scripps Ranch. Councilmember Maienschein discussed several topics, including:

Vehicle ordinance: The 5th District council office is presently working on resolving the parking of commercial trucks on neighborhood streets. This would be an oversized vehicle ordinance, which Councilmember Maienschein hopes to complete before he leaves office in early December.

Vehicles for sale: Selling vehicles on community streets continues to be a concern. However, a recent court case that went before the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of residents posting "For Sale" signs in cars within the community. Prohibiting car "For Sale" signs was deemed a violation of free speech.

Animal ordinance: Would specify size requirements for cages.

Sudberry/MedImpact Update

Colton Sudberry presented the MRNPC with an update on the construction of a six-story office building and three-story parking structure at the southeast corner of Interstate 15 and Scripps Poway Parkway. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in September, during which a $10,000 donation was made to Scripps Ranch High School.

The facility will be the future home of San Diego-based MedImpact Healthcare Systems when completed in December 2009. MedImpact plans to occupy two buildings and potentially a third. The MRNPC received a letter of notification of construction that began on Sept. 2, 2008, from Reno Contracting. In the letter Reno's project manager, Kevin Horst, indicated they will do everything in their power to minimize impact to our neighborhoods, but if an incident arises, he can be reached at 619-220-0224.

The site plan was reviewed with shop and market placement. Gourmet markets moved to the top pad on the northeast corner. A change is that there will not be a pond. There will be a fountain or water feature between the two center buildings.

There will be a parking structure with four levels on the freeway side. Office parking will use two of the levels separate from retail parking. There are plans to add a new right lane on the eastbound turn onto Scripps Poway Parkway. This lane will be designated a "turn-into" lane, separate from the current three lines travelling east, primarily for morning traffic into the business area.

Mr. Sudberry requested comments about the addition of a theater to the project. He stated he would only consider a high-end type of theater, such as the Village Road Show or Cinamar Theatre chains. The MRNPC voiced concern about issues similar to those faced by the Mira Mesa Marketplace cinema and have been cool to a theater at the site.

Old Carl's Jr. Facility

Bruce Nguyen, the new business owner of the Yogurt Heaven Shop, addressed the MRNPC to propose the removal of trees and trimming along the northwest corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Scripps Summit Drive. His new business is located in the old Carl's Jr. facility. It will reside next to the recently occupied Santana's Mexican Grill.

He is concerned with overgrown trees at the location preventing visibility from the road, and safety issues with tree roots lifting sidewalks. Mr. Nguyen was told that the trees are scheduled for trimming this quarter of the year. The MRNPC agreed to evaluate Mr. Nguyen's request.

Spring Canyon Traffic Study

The Spring Canyon traffic study continues to be a very important project for the community. Several residents were in attendance to voice their concern about speeding automobiles along the road, and the danger it presents to pedestrians and drivers turning onto Spring Canyon Road from feeder streets.

The plan is to have several workshops and discussions along with a formal traffic study conducted by the city. A contractor will be brought onboard to assist. If you are interested in this important issue, please come to the November MRNPC meeting to voice your concern. That meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 pm at the Information Center.

MRNPC Meetings

If these topics interest you or if you would like to make a difference in your community, we invite you to attend the monthly meetings of our volunteer organization. We meet at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the Information Center, located near the intersection of Scripps Poway Parkway and Cypress Canyon Road. If you would like more information, please contact me at 653-3753 or [[email protected]].

Bill Crooks, MRNPC Chair

Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Chabad Substantial Conformance Review

The city Planning Commission recommended approval of Chabad's request for student housing. The recommendation goes to the City Council for a final decision perhaps in November or December. Residents can find out more information by visiting the city website at []. It will have the exact hearing date and copies of the staff report regarding this issue.

Water Shortage

San Diego County Water Authority representatives appeared in front of the SRPG to explain a water pipeline relining project that will impact our community in the coming year.

Pipelines 3 and 4 are scheduled to be relined. They run from the west side of I-15 just south of Mercy Road, travel under I-15 near Erma Road and down Scripps Ranch Boulevard, over to Scripps Lake Drive and through the older part of Scripps Ranch to State Route 52. Construction should begin in summer 2009 and end in fall 2010.

Work Along Pomerado Road

The city plans to replace segments of the trunk sewer line along Pomerado Road from Avenida Magnifica to I-15. A segment was completed as part of the middle school project. However, beginning in June 2010, the remainder of the trunk sewer line will be replaced.

Scripps Ranch Blvd./Mira Mesa Blvd. Medians

City representatives from Traffic Engineering explained a further cost associated with the Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa boulevards median project. There was an unforeseen cost overrun of about $50,000 associated with SDG&E underground infrastructure construction. At the SRPG's request, the city will avoid the cost overrun, and reduce longterm water/maintenance costs, by replacing the planned landscaped median with stamped concrete or cobbled hardscape.

Support Your MAD

The Scripps-Miramar Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) budget is under intense pressure this year. Operating reserves are dwindling and many feel an assessment increase is necessary. One of the reasons the Ranch is such a wonderful place to live is because of the work provided by our MAD. Please support the efforts to continue to beautify and enhance our community!

SRPG Meetings

The SRPG meets the first Thursday of each month at the Scripps Ranch Library at 7 pm. All are welcome.

D. Todd Philips, SRPG Chair