Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Administration News

The MRNPC welcomed a new member, Jan Kane, to our committee in August. Jan is a returning member with 10+ years of prior service and leadership. Also, at our August meeting, Michelle Abella-Shon, the MRNPC vice chair, was elected as the alternate representative to the Community Planners Committee (CPC). Thank you both for your service to our community.

We are still looking for new members. If you own property or a business within the Miramar Ranch North (MRN) boundaries and have attended two committee meetings in the past year, you are eligible for election to the MRNPC. Please contact me at the email address below if interested.

Watermark Development

The Watermark is the shopping center development planned for the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. We are in a “holding pattern” since the Watermark project’s final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has not been released. When the it is, the MRNPC will hold an ad hoc subcommittee meeting to review the results.

Your Input on Infrastructure

Planning group members and community residents are encouraged to submit capital improvement projects (CIP) through September to the planning groups. CIPs are construction projects that provide tangible long-term improvements or additions of a fixed or permanent nature such as land, buildings, and infrastructure.

After the two-month CIP collection period, the MRNPC can build a consensus and vote on project recommendations. The MRNPC will formally submit project recommendations by Tuesday, Sept. 24, to the Community Planners Committee.

Recycled Water Vaults

San Diego’s Public Works Department is finalizing the design of the Recycled Water System Upgrades Project. It will disconnect the drainage system from 15 underground recycled water vaults in the community from the city’s storm drain system and establish a new drainage connection to the city’s sewer system.

Construction of this project is anticipated to begin this month and be completed by September 2014. The one water vault in the MRN planning area is located at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and the I-15 northbound off-ramp. For more information about this project, visit the MRN webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/committees/advisory-committees/mrnpc.html] and you’ll find the project fact sheet and location map.

Thank You, Mark Kersey

Thanks to a generous donation of $4,000 from Councilmember Mark Kersey, the MRN Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) will purchase two new benches for the small park on Spring Canyon Road near Fire Station 37. The benches should be in place by October.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC 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. We encourage involvement and input from the Scripps Ranch community. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at [[email protected]].

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair

Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Capital Improvement Projects

As reported last month, you can help improve Scripps Ranch. The SRPG is receiving public input and preparing proposals for capital improvement projects in our community. Capital improvements include construction or replacement projects for items having a useful life of more than one year, such as roads, sidewalks, lighting, parks, recreation centers, fire stations, and libraries. We had public forums at both the August SRPG and SRCA meetings, and will do so again at the September SRPG meeting. Also, several SRPG and community members attended training during July and August on the proposal submission process.

Proposed projects will be submitted to the Community Planners Committee (CPC) by the Tuesday, Sept. 24, deadline, but there is still a little time available if you want to submit an idea. Proposals for projects should provide: (1) a project description, including the general features of the project—such as sidewalk, streetlight, and so forth—and whether the project is new or will repair, replace, or expand existing infrastructure; (2) a statement of the project purpose or need, including its benefits; and, (3) a statement of project urgency, including risks if not built or threats to safety. The latitude and longitude coordinates should also be given, if known.

Proposals are due to the SRPG no later than Friday, Sept. 13, to give us time to prepare them for submission to the CPC by their deadline. In a future SRCA Newsletter we will list the projects we submit. The entire city’s proposals will be available for public comment on a website this fall. Please see last month’s article for details. It’s available at [www.scrippsranch.org/newsletter], then look for the August issue under the Planning section.

Updates on Local Projects

The Glen at Scripps Ranch: This is a senior-living retirement community planned for south of Pomerado. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scoping meeting was held in July. The next step will be EIR preparation, then periods of review and comment.

Watermark: As of this writing the final EIR has not been released by the city, but was expected in August. The project is in the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee area, but we have been working with that group on review of the project.

Carroll Canyon: We are waiting for city release of the draft EIR for this project. We have received many comments from residents concerning the possibility of a “big box” complex at the site. We also have received a notice from the city regarding a requested zoning change, site development permits, and sign plan for the project. These will require votes by the SRPG for approval or denial. An ad hoc subcommittee was established to review the project.

Chabad Educational Complex: In May the SRPG recommended approval of a subdivision request for financing purposes. Neighbors were notified in late July of upcoming Planning Commission action on August 15. Development of the complex was approved by the City Council in January 2009; the current action does not affect that project approval.

Other Projects: We also received reports from the city on upgrades of recycled water vaults and a pump station upgrade. Recycled water vaults—four in Scripps Ranch—will connect to the sewer rather than storm water system. A two- or three-week construction period will begin in October. The pump station upgrade will begin in September and take about a year to complete. Nearby residents and businesses will be notified of minor blasting early in the construction process, which will result in a few hours of street closures.

Please watch the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org] for updates on these projects and for information about when they will be discussed at SRPG meetings. Upcoming actions by the SRPG are announced in agendas that are posted by the city at [www.sandiego.gov/planning/community/profiles/scrippsmiramarranch] and on our website at [www.scrippsranchplanning.blogspot.com] in advance of each meeting. Your input is always welcome.

SRPG Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The next meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 5. The meetings are open to the public and all residents are welcome. If you have any questions, please email me at [[email protected]].

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair