Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
Keep Yourself Informed
This SRCA Newsletter and the meetings of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and your planning groups are the only reliable ways to keep yourself informed about your community. Recently a local television station ran a story filled with misinformation concerning the possibility of a Wal-Mart store in Scripps Ranch. It stated, incorrectly, that the SRPG “fought Kaiser’s plan to build a hospital in that community.”
In fact, the SRPG took no position on the Kaiser proposal, which was withdrawn before any decisions were made. Unfortunately, while the TV station corrected the story on its website, it had already been reproduced by other websites and publications that did not check facts.
Amazingly, several Scripps Ranch residents were apparently surprised by the mention of Wal-Mart, even though this possibility was reported in this Newsletter more than two years ago, and updated periodically since that time.
To keep yourself informed join and support the SRCA. Read this Newsletter monthly. Attend meetings of your planning groups. Get involved.
In this column we describe the actual status of developments in our community. The information below is based on presentations given at the June 6 SRPG meeting of the SRPG. Check this Newsletter each month for accurate information.
Watermark and Carroll Canyon Developments
Colton Sudberry of Sudberry Properties provided updates on two projects being planned for the Scripps Ranch area.
The Watermark development is a regional shopping center planned for the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. It is located in the Miramar Ranch North planning district but will affect much of Scripps Ranch. The development will include both office space and upscale retail stores and restaurants. The final Environmental Impact Report will be completed in a few weeks. The traffic report has been completed. While there will be a traffic impact in the area, this will be mitigated by adding traffic lanes and changing striping and signage.
The property at the northeast corner of Carroll Canyon Road and I-15 was originally the PSA flight training facility, but it has been vacant for many years. Horizon Church purchased the site in about 2006, but no longer needs the property.
As first reported here two years ago—see our Newsletter archives online at [www.scrippsranch.org/newsletter/archives/2011/52-june-2011/756-planning0611.html]—Sudberry Properties has proposed building a shopping center with a “big box” store and several smaller stores and restaurants. The plan includes parking partially hidden on a first level under the buildings.
It is widely rumored that Wal-Mart may be a prospective tenant. Sudberry Properties has non-disclosure agreements with prospective tenants, and there has been no announcement of which tenants may occupy the space. Mr. Sudberry described the concept for a 120,000-square-foot retail space, which is a smaller scale than usual Wal-Mart stores. The Scripps Ranch Business Park supports the project.
Public comment at the meeting was mixed, with some residents opposed to a Wal-Mart-type store and others in favor. The project will require rezoning and a Community Plan update, both of which provide more opportunity for public comment. An initial Environmental Impact Report will be available in several weeks for comment, with responses due after 45 days. The project will go back to the community for a recommendation, then to the Planning Commission and City Council. More meetings of the SRPG and SRCA will be held to allow for public comment.
Continuing Life Communities
Rick Aschenbrenner of Continuing Life Communities (CLC) provided a report on its progress on The Glen at Scripps Ranch. A traffic analysis report has been completed. It describes a conservative analysis that shows a traffic generation impact about 55% less than the previously approved use for the property. Nevertheless, there will be traffic impacts on Pomerado Road, which is at capacity during some hours of the day. No mitigation is proposed because the Community Plan does not provide for widening Pomerado Road.
The next steps are a scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which begins on Wednesday, July 10, at the Scripps Ranch Library, submission of the EIR probably in August, then public comment, community votes, and later action by the Planning Commission and City Council.
All-way stop signs are planned for the intersection of Fairbrook Road and Rue Fontenay at the new development and future Fairbrook Park. In May we voted to apply the traffic guidelines adopted at our March meeting. A traffic survey is underway, and an ad hoc subcommittee was appointed to assess the situation and recommend appropriate traffic measures.
The city advised us that the four-way stop signs are a condition of the development permit, although the intersection does not meet normal criteria for all-way control. A motion was proposed to advise the city not to install the signs until the ad hoc committee completed its analysis, but it failed by a 12 to 2 vote. So at this point we expect all-way stop signs to be installed when the development is complete.
The SRPG voted to request the city award a contract for tree maintenance for our Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) since an overall city contract has not yet been negotiated.
The SRPG usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The next regularly scheduled meeting would fall on Thursday, July 4, so the group voted to meet next in August, unless an earlier meeting is required to deal with urgent business. If so, it will be announced on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org] and will probably be scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at 7 pm at the library.
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair
We welcome Lou Segreti, who was elected the newest member of the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) at our June meeting. We are always looking for new members. If you live in the Miramar Ranch North area of Scripps Ranch and would like to join us, please contact Lorayne Burley at the email listed at the end of this article.
Lorayne Burley was elected the new chair of the MRNPC, while Michelle Abella-Shon and Chris Todd were re-elected vice chair and secretary, respectively. Congratulations to Lorayne, Michelle, and Chris! Dustin Steiner stepped down after serving two years as chair and will remain on the committee.
[The Miramar Ranch North community thanks Dustin Steiner for his dedicated service and leadership as MRNPC chair for the past two years. Dustin will enjoy spending more time with his growing family, while still serving actively as a non-officer committee member.]
The MRNPC is dark in July, but 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. If you have any questions, please contact Lorayne at [[email protected]].
Dustin Steiner, Immediate Past Chair
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair