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Senior Living Facility Faces Criticism
Another crucial development is facing Scripps Ranch. The Continuing Life Community (CLC) development on the south side of Pomerado Road, “The Glen at Scripps Ranch” has just now had a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) issued for public review. The plans were submitted to the city in 2013. Your community group Residents for the Rational Use of Alliant Site (RRUAS) submitted pre-EIR comments and will review the DEIR for how it has addressed the community’s issues. Thursday, May 21, is the deadline for DEIR comments.
Unless this project has significantly changed from its 2013 plans, it promises to bring key impacts to the community: immitigable traffic on Pomerado Road and connecting streets; massive grading—removal of the highest hilltop south of Pomerado; mass removal of the urban forest; and intrusion into the Carroll Creek streambed, among others.
The problem may be not so much the use proposed, requiring an array of city approvals including a Conditional Use Permit and Community Plan Amendment—the Scripps Ranch community plan is the “constitution” for the integrity of our community. The project’s impacts are from its sheer size and scope. Its effective “density” would mark a fundamental alteration of the community plan for south of Pomerado. It would lead to all remaining Alliant International University acreage changing to similar mass and density.
Pomerado Road would become a four-lane arterial. This most characteristic gateway to Scripps Ranch would lose its definitive character. Similar to the Carroll Canyon “big box” proposal, the question may very well be: will Scripps Ranch continue to be Scripps Ranch?
Here is some background on the project: The Glen at Scripps Ranch is a Continuing Life Community. The goal of these communities is to allow residents to “age in place.” The Glen combines three levels of care—independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care, as well as recreation facilities.
The proposal calls for a total of 510 units on 53 acres of land encompassing: 400 independent living units, including single family homes with garages and multistory apartments; 50 assisted living units; and a 60-bed skilled nursing facility, including beds for those with Alzheimer’s. Access to and from the proposed facility is exclusively via Chabad Center Driveway, off Pomerado Road.
The Glen is designed for active seniors and is age restricted. It is a “buy-in program,” with an entrance fee starting at $300,000 and going up to $1 million depending on the size of the floor plan. There is also a monthly fee of anywhere from $4,500 to $6,500 for two people.
Craig Jones, RRUAS
[Editor’s note: It is the policy of the SRCA Newsletter to give those on the other side of a controversial issue the opportunity to respond. CLC’s response is below. Information on where to find the DEIR online or send comments is on page 19.]
Senior Living Community Enjoys Support
There is widespread need and support for The Glen at Scripps Ranch as indicated by the Scripps Ranch neighbors who have signed up. It is important to note that there is a currently approved project for this same site, as part of the university, that allows substantially higher intensity uses than we are requesting.
Per the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), impacts will be mitigated except for traffic on Pomerado Road. Nonetheless, impacts to Pomerado are slight due to our particular use. Our residents, generally in their 70s and above, travel in non-peak periods and make use of project-provided buses and vans. Employees are on work schedules designed to avoid peak commute times and the direction of congestion, which is referenced in the city-approved traffic report.
Hundreds of people from Scripps Ranch and surrounding areas want this project. The Glen will provide a great place to live/retire. It will be new with full service, activities, food, access to long-term care and nursing services—all at a reasonable cost, leading to peace of mind. Entrance fees are repayable to family or residents, and the program is designed to be affordable. Comparable projects can be inspected in La Costa, Thousand Oaks, and Pleasanton. They are first-class, affordable by the local community, and successful.
It will be owned and operated by the experienced applicants and become a permanent part of the community. This is not conventional housing. It is subject to age and occupancy restrictions and is licensed and regulated by state agencies, ensuring lower impacts. The land use is classified as institutional, which makes it compatible with community goals for the area.
You are entitled to true facts:
No rezone is requested as the use is permitted in the current zone, and the Community Plan Amendment does not increase density or intensity for the property.
The open space along Carroll Creek will remain, and the Multiple Habit Protection Area (MHPA) will be expanded.
The closest buildings, all one story, will be 650’ and more from Pomerado Road.
Hilltops south of Pomerado and their visibility will be preserved. All grading will be within city guidelines. New non-MHPA landscaping will be non-invasive, drought tolerant, and fire resistant.
Pomerado will not become a four-lane road. We hope to improve the intersection of Chabad Center Driveway/Pomerado.
Massing is slight, barely visible, and makes no precedent bearing on Alliant International University’s campus.
Prices have not been set. Our goal is to be affordable. The size and scale will be appropriate to that goal, comparable to similar communities in San Diego, smaller than some newer ones in California.
Plans and a scale model of the project can be viewed at 9903 Businesspark Avenue, Suite 104, just off Carroll Canyon Road. Your inquiries are invited!
Richard Aschenbrenner, The Glen at SR
Unleashed Dog Attack
Supplementing the “Leash Your Dog” letter that appeared in the April 2005 SRCA Newsletter (page 21), I would like to report the following incident.
An elderly lady who cannot speak English lives with her daughter in the Stonebridge Parkway area. During short walks around her home, she noticed a man who regularly walked his large dog unleashed. She never interacted with them.
One day recently, the dog rushed toward her and pushed her to the ground. After the man saw that she could struggle to get back on her feet, he left with the dog. The lady was unable to ask him for any personal information. After she went home she started feeling pain all over and was bedridden for six weeks. Since then, neither she nor her family members saw this man or his dog near their home again.
My experience: the overwhelming majority of dog owners leash their dogs. Just a few let their dogs run around with impunity. However, it takes only one dog misbehaving one time to cause harm.
A Stonebridge Parkway Resident