Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Council Office Report

The MRNPC met in August. Councilmember Brian Maienschein's office was represented by Megan Ekard, who presented the following items:

  • An event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Rancho Bernardo Winery hosted by Brian Maienschein to say goodbye.
  • Residents have called the council office regarding overnight parking restrictions at the Information Center parking lot. Residents also requested the elimination of the bike lane on Cypress Canyon Road to allow overnight parking.
  • There are reports of streetlight repairs taking 30 days, instead 10 as the city promises. The city is taking action to make repairs within 10 days. Make repair requests at [].

Community Planning

Dan Monroe from San Diego City's Community Planning Department indicated the new general plan is available online or a printed copy can be requested for $30. Mr. Monroe also introduced Craig Schmolinger as our new community planner. The MRNPC thanks Mr. Monroe for all the support and help he's provided our community through the years and welcomes Mr. Schmolinger.

SR Planning Group

Bob Ilko, SRPG vice chair, presented the following report. T-Mobile has applied to the city to install a cell phone antenna at the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Spruce Run Drive. The proposal is to relocate, replace, and install an antenna on a streetlight on the north side of Spring Canyon north of Spruce Run, which is within the SRPG area. The SRPG recommended approval.

A development proposal to build more than 1,800 apartments just north of Best Buy along Westview Parkway has been presented to city staff. The draft Environment Impact Report should be coming out soon. The MRNPC plans to form a review committee.

Fire Station 37 Landscaping

Over many months, residents have asked if the MRNPC/Landscape Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) could help the fire department maintain Fire Station 37's landscaping. Through discussions with MAD and fire department officials, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was presented by Andy Field of the Park and Recreation Department.

The Fire-Rescue Department is willing to provide the MAD with an annual stipend of $2,700 and the MAD would assume the landscaping. The estimated annual cost is $4,600. There will be a one-time clean-up cost, estimated at $2,342. A motion passed for the MRNPC MAD to assume the landscaping duties. Andy was asked to request funds from the Fire-Rescue Department to pay for the one-time clean-up cost.

San Vicente Pipeline Update

Andrew Oleksyn described the route of the new pipeline, which is part of our emergency storage project. The purpose is to increase storage and infrastructure. The mining machine is now under Scripps Poway Parkway, 120 feet below and across from McDonald's. There are about 350 feet of the leg remaining.

They are about to begin controlled blasting in this area. There will be monitoring equipment, and the blasting is not expected to be felt on the surface. Piping starts soon, and pipe deliveries will start arriving at the StoneBridge tunnel site. About 10 trucks deliver piping every day, which is on the high side. The trucks will use Scripps Poway Parkway and a special access road within the Poway business park. The project will end in 2010 and the Mercy shaft will be complete in late 2009.

Erma Road Project, H.G. Fenton Corp.

Allen Jones acknowledged that this was the site of a controversial project. The entitlements were for 114 dwelling units and 30,000 square feet of commercial office space. Their current proposal is to develop 95 dwelling units.

They have submitted an application for a site development permit, Community Plan amendment, and rezone. H. G. Fenton has done a traffic analysis and has evaluated all of the MRNPC comments regarding the previous proposal. There was a detailed description of the proposed development. The units will be 1,200-1,500 square feet and 2 bedrooms with a den or 3 bedrooms. Traffic concerns discussed include mitigating morning traffic down Scripps Ranch Boulevard to Mira Mesa Boulevard.

Chair's Report

Residents reported service trucks parking on Scripps Highlands Road, which is off Scripps Poway Parkway near Interstate 15. Like all parking related issues, residents should call the police department's non-emergency number at 619-531-2000.

Lorayne Witte Burley led a discussion about the upcoming Spring Canyon Road traffic study. Traffic concerns along Spring Canyon Road and the possible installation of additional V-calming signs going in both directions was discussed. Concerns about speeding and safety continue to dominate the dialogue about Spring Canyon from Pomerado Road to Scripps Poway Parkway.


David Berry reported that the YMCA extension programs were well attended and well received with about 200 kids having attended this summer thus far.

MRNPC Meetings

We invite you to attend the monthly meetings of our volunteer organization. We provide input to the city on a variety of Scripps Ranch "quality of life" issues. We meet at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of the month at the Information Center. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 2. For questions, please contact me at 653-3753 or [[email protected]].

Bill Crooks, MRNPC Chair