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Big Box Issue Unravels Scripps Ranch

A camel’s nose is poking its head into our community. Will we respond with enough energy to preserve our quality of life?

Every decade or so, Scripps Ranch makes a huge planning decision that affects the quality of life in our community for most of the next century. The proposed big-box land-use change near Carroll Canyon Road—November 2013 SRCA Newsletter cover story—is such a decision.

The purpose of local community planning is to create a well-rounded, vibrant place to live and work. Over the past three decades, we have made much progress. We used our community plans to achieve a library, a fire station, a community park, a recreation center, a high school, a middle school, more elementary schools, local churches, a variety of housing, a larger local shopping area, and a regional lake park for exercise and reflection.

These things did not happen by accident or without opposition from those who had other ideas about what should be built. Ranch residents, led by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA), Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG), and Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC), worked to create our excellent community. At times we created advocacy groups, such as Save the Lake or SOS Ranch, to push the agenda of creating an outstanding community. It worked.

The proposed land-use decision is much more than having a big-box shopping area. It unravels 35 years of well-thought- out community planning. It changes an area of local jobs to one of regional shopping. It erodes an aesthetically designed, nationally recognized business park. It permanently changes one of the most quiescent entrances to our community into an asphalt-laden, noisy area like one of the places that we chose not to live.

But make no mistake. Many at the city will support this proposed change, not because it is good planning or good for Scripps Ranch, but because it is a new source of revenue. To prevent the “big box” will require concerted actions by the SRCA, the SRPG, and a large group of concerned, vocal citizens going down to City Hall and presenting our case. I will be there, but I will need you to join me.

Wes Danskin, SRCA Past President, MRNPC Past Chair

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[Editor’s note: For the latest on this topic, please see the SRPG report on page 21. The SRCA is the lead community group working on this issue. Email SRCA president Bob Ilko at [[email protected]] to get involved].