Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The November SRPG meeting was well attended again. Thanks to Scripps Ranch residents for staying involved.

Carroll Canyon Center

The city is currently revising the Environmental Impact Report based on input from the SRPG, SRCA, and others. After the report is finalized we will schedule additional meetings to review it and vote on a recommendation to the city.

There will then be additional opportunities for public comment at the city Planning Commission and City Council hearings. Please visit [] to complete the survey of residents’ opinions concerning this project.

Water Projects

The SRPG heard reports from the San Diego County Water Authority on upcoming water facility improvement projects. These include pipeline replacement and upgrade on Nob Hill and construction of an access road from Scripps Lake Drive. A Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project will be released this month. Construction is planned for mid-2015.

Another improvement project will replace pumps, valves, electrical equipment, and fencing at the Miramar pump station near the lake beginning this summer.

Water Rates

The San Diego Public Utilities Department reported on water pricing. The city has held water rates constant for the past two years. However, due to wholesale water price increases from the Water Authority, there will be rate adjustments in the next two years. While fixed charges for meters will decrease for most customers, usage rates for water will increase by more than 7% in both 2014 and 2015. Many household customers who conserve water will see their overall bill go down slightly, but larger users will see increases.

National University School of Health and Human Services

The school is requesting a Neighborhood Use Permit to locate faculty offices and classrooms at 9715 Businesspark Avenue. The school offers bachelor and masters’ degrees in nursing, clinical science, and public health.

Up to 180 faculty and students will occupy the building, operating primarily during nights and weekends. The applicants described parking plans and a possible shuttle service to and from the building on Carroll Canyon Road. An additional meeting will review the project sometime early next year.

Parking and Speed Limits

Residents of the Timberlane HOA are requesting parking restrictions to increase visibility from Caminito Surabaya and Caminito Rio Branco. The SRPG will work with the city and Timberlane to analyze the situation.

Also, the city is proposing to raise the speed limit on Appaloosa Road from 25 mph to 30 mph. The SRPG voted to approve the increase, because under state law a lower limit cannot be radar enforced.

SRPG Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the SR Library. Our next meeting is Dec. 5. We will probably not meet in January, since our usual meeting day falls on Jan. 2. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 6. Questions? Email me at [[email protected]].

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair


Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee

Watermark Project Update

The Watermark project was approved by the city Planning Commission on Oct. 24, by a vote of 4-1. The City Council hearing is on Monday, Dec. 16, in City Council chambers. The MRNPC will continue to work with city staff and our council office to accomplish the traffic mitigation benefits and other concerns to make a successful project for our community.

MRN MAD Budget

We hosted a Miramar Ranch North (MRN) Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) ad hoc subcommittee meeting to discuss the annual December fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget with Jaime Diez, our MRN MAD ground maintenance manager, and Casey Smith, the district manager. Since the FY 2015 MRN MAD final draft budget is not available until the end of November, we reviewed the Assessment Engineering Report (AER) for FY 2014, which is posted on the MRNPC website.

We also discussed estimated numbers, reviewed the assessment rate history, considered the impact of the Watermark project on landscaped medians on Scripps Poway Parkway, and created a MAD improvement list. Improvement items include: nighttime safety lighting for the SRCA Community Center grounds; irrigation replacement; waterwise plants; river rock/large rock landscaping; and, a possible signage area in MRN. The final review and approval of the budget, along with the determination of assessment rates, will occur at our Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting.

T-Mobile Antenna Upgrade

A request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the replacement of three existing antennas on Spruce Run Drive and Spring Canyon Road was presented and approved by a vote of 10-0. The replacement will consist of the upgrade of three new air antennas and replacing the existing ground cabinet. The work will be done in the right of way, in zone RS-1-14 EX CUP 490989, at 11532 1/3 Spring Canyon Road. The antennas blend into the upper portion of the north side street light.

Tony Kempton, City Planner

It was great to see our assigned city planner, Tony Kempton, at our November meeting. We appreciate his visit and thank him for his support of the MRNPC.

MRNPC Meetings

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All meetings are open to the public. For questions, email me at [[email protected]]. Visit the MRNPC website at [].

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair