Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
At our October meeting Kaiser Permanente representatives appeared in front of a full room of Scripps Ranch residents to begin a conversation with the community about their plans for the Alliant International University site. To start the evening Alliant president, Geoffrey Cox, set the stage by describing the need for Alliant to sell the property and that Alliant has entered into negotiations with Continuing Life Communities, to purchase some of the acreage next to Chabad Hebrew Academy, and Kaiser to purchase the remainder of the site.
Kaiser described its desire to build a healing-promoting campus for its central region of San Diego County, and the pastoral campus of Alliant provides them such an opportunity. They are keenly aware of the community's concerns over traffic impacts along Pomerado Road.
They have looked at four access points for the property: the University of California San Diego entrance, the second driveway on Pomerado Road heading east from Interstate 15; Avenue of Nations; Chabad Center Driveway; and, the possible creation of a new entrance near Scripps Ranch Boulevard. It was suggested that Kaiser also look at Miramar Way and open a dialogue with the Marines about such plans. A pedestrian bridge at Avenue of Nations and Pomerado Road also was discussed.
Many other concerns were raised by the community such as noise mitigation, pollutant mitigation, wetlands preservation, impacts on local parks and resources with new jobs being created, visual impacts, and length of construction--36 to 42 months. The Kaiser representatives spent about an hour and a half answering the community's questions. We would like to thank everyone who came to the meeting. It was a wonderful display of community activism and thoughtful dialogue.
No resolutions were reached as Kaiser is still performing its due diligence in looking at the site for possible future purchase. The SRPG is scheduled to have Kaiser back at its December meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Residents are encouraged to attend. Action may be taken at that meeting, however, any vote by the SRPG is advisory.
Continuing Life Communities
Continuing Life Communities (CLC) representatives updated the community on their plans for the portion of the Alliant site adjacent to Chabad off Chabad Center Driveway. Nothing has changed since they last updated the community in December 2010.
As a reminder, their conceptual site plans include a pet-friendly campus with faculty housing, library, concert hall, classrooms, and recreation facilities. It also will include 500 parking spaces dispersed throughout the site to accommodate residents and 280 staff members serving 60 skilled nursing beds, 50 assisted living units, and 400 independent living units.
The community asked two pertinent question: first, would CLC consider purchasing the rest of the Alliant site instead of Kaiser? The answer was that CLC was never given the opportunity to purchase the entire site and, therefore, they had never considered doing so.
Second, CLC was asked if they would consider applying for a new Conditional Use Permit (CUP) instead of utilizing Alliant's original CUP from 1967. They said no. Doing so would cost time and money and the result would be the same. The added cost would result in the units costing more and they were not amenable to going through with that endeavor.
They offer a tour of their La Costa Glen campus in Carlsbad if anyone would like to see the type of facility they are planning for Scripps Ranch.
The next SRPG meeting is on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, email me at [[email protected]].
D. Todd Philips, SRPG Chair
Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
Chris Todd was elected to the MRNPC. Welcome, Chris!
Eric Bowlby with San Diego Canyonlands gave a presentation and requested support for conversion of proposed open space land in the Miramar Ranch North area to dedicated parkland, which is a higher level of protection. The motion to support this dedication in MRN passed 7-1. There was also a motion to support this effort citywide--it passed 6-2. This is a preliminary step; the City Council and state legislature also will weigh-in.
News from the State
Shea Benton updated us on Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's bill to streamline regulations in the adoption process, which was recently signed into law.
City Council Update
Tiffany Leal updated the MRNPC on Councilmember Carl DeMaio's "Save our Streets Plan." See it at [www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/cd5/pdf/news/2011/savestreetsactionplan.pdf].
The MRNPC usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All meetings are open to the public. For questions, contact me at [[email protected]].
Dustin Steiner, Chair
Lorayne Burley, Vice Chair