Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
We welcome Ernie Burciaga, our newly elected committee member. Ernie is also an SRCA representative for District 16, the Scripps Ranch Community Park area. We appreciate your time and commitment to our community.
The MRNPC held an ad hoc subcommittee meeting for the Watermark Project —at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15—in late September. We discussed traffic mitigation, possible bike/pedestrian bridge access, and the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) results. Traffic improvements were identified and presented to the planning group at the October meeting, resulting in a MRNPC vote (12-0-0) to recommend the Watermark Project with the additional improvements. They are:
- “No Parking” signs along the east and west sides of Scripps Highland Drive (SHD) near MedImpact.
- Shorten/reduce the median on SHD to allow for a left turn out of existing MedImpact building.
- A direct access for pedestrians and cyclists from the Caltrans bike path.
- Extend the southbound left turn pocket on Scripps Poway Parkway turning onto SHD.
- Fund traffic calming measures on SHD and Trail Crest Drive.
- Pedestrian generated red flashing lights on “No Turn on Red” signs at the northbound ramps/bike crossing intersection.
- Improve lane/flow designation in driving lanes—straight arrows, turn arrow, and so forth.
- Synchronize intersection lights with northbound and southbound I-15 ramps and the intersection lights at the project development.
- Change the left merge arrows on SHD to a right turn lane.
All traffic improvements are subject to the satisfaction of Caltrans and the city of San Diego traffic engineering. Some improvements might require additional planning group involvement and support.
As of press time, the Watermark Project was scheduled for a Planning Commission recommendation hearing on Thursday, Oct. 24. That will be followed by a November or December City Council hearing prior to the project’s final approval and any start to construction.
Scripps Creek Dr. Speed Limit
In mid-September the MRNPC received a letter from city traffic engineering about the posted speed limit on Scripps Creek Drive between Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. A recent roadway survey indicated that the existing speed of 25 mph must be raised to 30 mph in order to remain radar enforceable.
The information was shared with residents in the neighboring areas and the issue was placed on the October agenda. The MRNPC received many letters and emails from people who live in the area, and residents attended the meeting. The input from the community was against the speed limit increase.
At the October meeting the MRNPC voted (12-0-0) to recommend against the speed limit increase on Scripps Creek. The city considered the resident input and notified the MRNPC on October 3 that the speed limit would not be increased.
During this review, the recommendation of a three-way stop sign at Watkins Court and Scripps Creek Drive was sent to the city due to safety hazards when exiting Watkins Court. Currently, the evaluation of the three-way stop sign is under review. If the stop sign criteria are satisfied, then the sign will be posted.
Signage on MRNMAD property
It was brought to our attention that business owners were posting signs on the MRN Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) property, specifically at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Cypress Canyon Road. No commercial signs, including political signs, are authorized on MRNMAD property or on the public right-of-way, except for signs that are authorized by law or as otherwise permitted in the San Diego Municipal Code.
The MRNPC meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 5. All meetings are open to the public, and we encourage involvement and input from the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know at [[email protected]].
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group
In October the Scripps Ranch Planning Group welcomed Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, who gave an update on his service to our community.
Mira Mesa Blvd. Traffic Update
John Leppert provided a status report on the planned work on the Mira Mesa Boulevard median and Hibert Street traffic signal installation. A raised median along Mira Mesa Boulevard will improve traffic flow and safety. The traffic signal at Hibert Street will allow left turns from westbound Mira Mesa Boulevard into the shopping center to the south, and also left turns from eastbound Mira Mesa Boulevard into businesses on the north side of the street, or U-turns to westbound Mira Mesa Boulevard.
This is expected to relieve some congestion at the intersection of Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch boulevards. Construction began in late October and will continue for about six months, mostly at night to avoid traffic effects.
Carroll Canyon Commercial Center
There is a Special Report on this development on pages 10–11 of this Newsletter. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed center was released for public comment in early September. At our October meeting Colton Sudberry of Sudberry Properties—the developer—provided a detailed discussion of the proposed project and answered questions from a large public audience. It was a testament to the involvement of the Scripps Ranch community that so many people attended the meeting, and that the discussion proceeded very respectfully on all sides of the issue.
A response to the DEIR from the planning group was prepared by an ad hoc committee and publicly discussed at two open meetings on Oct. 11 and 17. It was submitted to the city before the city’s Oct. 21 deadline for public comment. You can access the report and the SRPG response on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org]. The report also can be found on the city website at [www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/officialdocs/notices/index.shtml]. Search for project #240716.
The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The next meeting is on Thursday, Nov. 7. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. For questions, please email me at [[email protected]].
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair