Lockheed Martin, a multinational aeronautics and advanced technology company, is moving into the three two-story "LEED Silver" Class A buildings under construction in the Scripps Ranch Business Park, southeast of the library and Evans Pond. Lockheed Martin expects to have about 700 employees.
The Scripps Ranch Planning Group fought for many years to protect the Business Park from high-rise residential and multi-tenant uses, such that Scripps Ranch would have a diverse sustainable mix of industrial opportunities.
In addition, developer Opus West is in escrow to purchase the lots south of the Hitachi building and west of Canyon Lake Drive for a similar Class A two-story/three-building configuration. Our subcommittee, led by Mike Asaro and Gordon Boerner, will work with Opus West on issues of LEED Silver design, building height, landscaping, reclaimed water usage, and emergency access.
The SRPG encourages parents of current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders to sign up for the 2008-2009 Marshall Middle School bus program to keep more cars off Pomerado Road, particularly during the peak morning outbound commute. Three hundred eighty-four students riding buses equates to approximately 250 cars. Please save yourself time, gas, and hassle and consider using the bus program. For more about the MMS bus program, please see page 29.
Scripps Ranch resident Craig Jones, a member of the city of San Diego Community Forestry Board, invited chair Vicki Estrada to talk about how important trees are to our community. Trees can help clean the air, create shade, calm traffic, and improve property values. For free trees, please contact the San Diego Center for Sustainable Energy at [www.sdenergy.org].
After nearly four years of processing, the SRPG voted a favorable recommendation to the city of San Diego Planning Commission regarding the revised version of Chabad's master plan and community agreement. The plan calls for a gymnasium, playfield, tennis court, additional classrooms, a high school, and 280 residential units--534 beds in 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units--for students and faculty. This is a reduction from the originally proposed 350 residential units.
Issues considered and discussed include: building locations and size; traffic; noise; setbacks; lighting; landscaping; reclaimed water; developer impact fees; grading limitations; continuation of the Campus Link Trail; access to Marshall Middle School joint-use fields; and, compliance with the Crown Pointe-Chabad private agreement provisions. The project could go to the Planning Commission as early as Thursday, July 24. If you have any comments or concerns about this issue, you can send them to [[email protected]].
The next SRPG meeting is on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. This is not the usual date for the meeting, due to the 4th of July holiday weekend. SRPG meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions regarding issues we address, please contact me at [[email protected]].
At our June meeting, topics discussed by our 5th District city council member's representative, Megan Ekard, included an update to the Witch Creek Fire recovery. It has been seven months since the fire and 100 building permits have been issued. At the seven month mark with the Cedar Fire, there were 58 permits issued. Big thanks to the Cedar Fire survivors who are mentoring the Witch Creek survivors through the process.
The graffiti ordinance that Councilmember Maienschein pioneered passed the City Council in late May. Graffiti offenders now will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the state penal code, and graffiti materials will be harder to obtain.
The Spring Canyon traffic survey is nearly underway. The city is seeking to put a traffic consultant under contract by August. The MRNPC has tentatively scheduled a presentation by city Traffic Engineering at the September MRNPC meeting and is seeking community input.
The MRNPC's discussions thus far have centered on the need to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicular traffic along Spring Canyon Road. If you have these same concerns, I urge you to attend the August MRNPC meeting where this topic will be on the agenda for discussion.
Vandalism at the Information Center has prompted the city to consider measures to mitigate the damage and cost of cleanup. Juan Baligad, the center's manager, has spoken to all groups involved including the police department, SRCA, SRPG, MRNPC, and the affected homeowners associations regarding the closing of the parking lot at night.
Juan showed a sample of the sign he plans to install. He asked the MRNPC to support such an action. A motion to support the nighttime closing of the Information Center parking lot was made, seconded, and passed by the MRNPC. The plan to close the parking lot to overnight parking takes effect this month.
As reported in last month's Newsletter, the Erma Road project along Scripps Ranch Boulevard is within the Scripps Ranch Planning Group's (SRPG) boundaries. However, it impacts MRNPC residents because of the additional automobiles that will be added to the morning and evening commutes.
The developer, Fenton, was scheduled to begin presentations. However, due to some recent analyses on the project, they are reconsidering the type of product they may pursue. The developer has filed for the initiation to amend the community plan, but has not yet filed any plans with the city for review.
The developer has been very forthcoming in working with the community to provide traffic mitigation alternatives. If you are concerned about traffic at the intersection of Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa boulevards, you are invited to voice your questions, comments, or concerns at the SRPG or MRNPC meetings.
Groundbreaking on the first office building of the MedImpact project at I-15 and Scripps Poway Parkway is planned for mid-July. The building will use the Brazilian gold stone as preferred by the MRNPC. They will address use of either a shade structure or trees on the top of the parking garage per city code.
MedImpact is in need of a second office building on the adjacent pad. It will be of similar construction, and the developer plans to proceed through a substantial conformance review process. The anticipated timeline is to start construction in six to nine months.
It was discussed that the sign plan for these buildings has not yet been approved. The developer stated the retail plans will have to be redesigned because the gourmet market wants to be located at the upper pad. Concern regarding this change was expressed by several MRNPC members, but the developer's representative, Colton Sudberry, stated that the center still will be designed essentially along the same plan as previously presented to the community.
As previously discussed during our meetings, the city has cut funding for the Overlook Park gate opening and closing. The MRNPC had used its discretionary developer funds to pay for the gate's installation and opening and closing for several years, but those funds have run out. The MRNPC had requested the Landscape Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) city staff review its charter to see if MAD funds could be used to open and close the gate.
City staff confirmed it was within the MAD charter, and the MRNPC agreed there is the need to use MAD funds and that it is a proper expense for this fund. The landscapers will open the gate during the day and the security company will close it at night. A motion was passed for city MAD staff to secure a purchase order for a subcontract to lock the gate and restrooms in the evenings, 365 days a year. City subcontractors will open the gate in the morning. The estimated cost is $2,800 for the period from July 1, 2008 through June, 30, 2009.
If you would like to make a difference in your community, we invite you to attend the meetings of our volunteer organization. We provide input to the city on a variety of "quality of life" issues affecting Scripps Ranch. For more information, please contact me at [[email protected]].