T-Mobile is seeking permission from the city of San Diego to install a cell phone antennae at the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Spruce Run Drive. The project calls for the removal of an existing eight-inch diameter concrete street light with the replacement of a similar street light that is extended a few feet taller. A small electrical switch box would be placed near the street light. No existing trees would be damaged or removed.
The SRPG advised the T-Mobile consultant and city staff that a traffic light may be placed at that intersection, and the new antennae should not interfere with the traffic signal or handicap access. The applicant was directed to confirm that the city's Park and Recreation Department, which oversees open space, is not impacted by the new equipment.
The SRPG received an update from the applicant--HG Fenton--who also owns a large apartment complex on Erma Road. The number of residential units in the new project was reduced from 114 to less than 100. A condominium map request will be processed at the same time as the development permits, but HG Fenton expects to retain ownership of the buildings as apartment units.
A lengthy discussion ensued about traffic issues on Erma Road, Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa boulevards, and Interstate 15. Other issues such as parking, pedestrian access, retaining walls, and architecture were looked at.
HG Fenton is submitting its permit with the city and the review process officially begins. The proposal is significantly less than what DR Horton originally proposed--residential units and commercial/retail. The SRPG is working with the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee to ensure a comprehensive review of the project is done.
Opus West met with a SRPG subcommittee to introduce its second office building project in the Business Park behind the Scripps Ranch Library. Lots 7 and 8 are located beneath Canyon Lake Drive, Hoyt Drive, and Scripps Ranch Boulevard. The project includes three large two-story office buildings similar to the three nearing completion on the property to the east owned by Opus West.
While no variances are being requested, Opus West requested our advice about issues such as parking, traffic, high school impacts, building height, building colors, building placement, landscaping, lighting, emergency access, heating and cooling equipment, fire prevention, and other issues. Neighbors in and around Lots 7 and 8 are requested to provide concerns, ideas, and questions.
Registration for the second year of the Marshall Middle School Parent-Paid Bus Program is underway. Riders are needed, especially in the Jerabek Elementary School boundary area. Unlike other school bus programs, our program only succeeds if the buses are full.
If you have or know anyone with children who will attend Marshall next year, please encourage them to use the bus program instead of driving to school. The bus program reduces traffic, saves money, and gives children a safe way to get to school. For more information, please go to [www.marshallmiddle.org].
The city and the property owner has not released the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) as of July 12. It was expected sometime earlier this year but has been on hold. The property is commonly referred to as the Renzulli property, and is located between Cypress Canyon Park and St. Gregory the Great Church. Single family homes are being proposed.
The draft EIR could be released at any time and without notice to you individually. Copies of the draft EIR will be available at the Scripps Ranch Library when it is released. Comments to the document must be submitted to the city within a prescribed time and manner in order for the city to address each concern. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed about this proposed housing development in our community.
There is no SRPG meeting in August; we resume our meetings in September. We usually meet the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library's community room. Our next meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 4. If you have any questions, please contact me at [[email protected]].