Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
MedImpact and Watermark Project Updates
Sudberry Properties provided project updates on the land development sites at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. The industrial section of the site, which includes additional MedImpact office buildings and a parking structure, is estimated to start construction in early summer of this year.
The commercial portion of the site, called The Watermark, is estimated to start construction at the end of 2015. The Watermark development plans to include a six-story office building, five-story hotel, five-story parking structure, two stories of upscale retail shops and family-oriented dining, a two-story high-end movie theater—such as Cinepolis—and a gourmet food market, such as Whole Foods.
You can visit The Watermark website at [www.scrippswatermark.com] for more information. The MRNPC will continue to receive project updates and work with the developer to monitor and implement the proposed traffic improvements.
Verizon Wireless Generator
Verizon Wireless requested approval to add an emergency generator to an existing Verizon Wireless communication facility located at 16688 Stonebridge Parkway in the AR-1-1 zone of the Rancho Encantada Community Planning area. The emergency generator will be located above the existing equipment area and fully enclosed with a tile roof, designed to match the existing structure on site. The motion to recommend approval carried 11-0.
Community Center Name Change
The MRNPC was asked by the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC) to recommend approval of the official name change of the Scripps Ranch Community Center to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center. The facility is managed and operated by the SRCA and is a major milestone in Scripps Ranch history. Take a look at the excellent background provided at [www.scrippsranch.org/committees/standing-committees/srca-community-center.html].
A copy of a letter from Councilmember Mark Kersey in support of the name change is posted on the MRNPC webpage. The motion to recommend approval carried 8-2-1. Approvals from the SRRC, followed by the city of San Diego Park and Recreation Council, will be sought since the building is on park land.
The MRNPC will hold elections in March and elect officers in May. If you own property or a business within the Miramar Ranch North boundaries and have attended two meetings in the past year, you are eligible for election in March or during the year if seats are open.
It would be great if we could elect several residents who live in or near the Scripps Highlands neighborhood. The Watermark and MedImpact projects will be ongoing for many years, and we could use your input during the process. If you’re interested, contact me at the email below.
The MRNPC meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All meetings are open to the public. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know at [[email protected]]. For archived MRNPC information, visit the webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/committees/advisory-committees/mrnpc.html].
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
MCAS Update and Fire Preps
Colonel John Farnham, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar commanding officer, attended our February meeting and gave an update on activities at the base. Because of the drought, he is preparing now for the increased fire danger this year, including maintaining fire breaks in the Miramar East area. The SRPG thanks Col. Farnham for his service to our country and for his involvement.
Miramar Ranch School Sign
The SRPG adopted a proposal developed by representatives from the SRPG, Scripps Ranch Civic Association, parents, neighbors, school, and district. The new sign will be constructed of materials consistent with the school building and will permit electronic messaging to keep everyone informed of school events. The hours of operation will be 7 am to 6 pm during school days, except for evening events, and 10 am to 3 pm on weekends.
Landscape Maintenance Budget
The SRPG adopted the recommended SR Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) budget. Nearly $2.9 million will be spent in 2014–2015 on landscape, park, and recreational facilities maintenance.
Verizon Wireless Facility
We approved construction of a backup generator in Beeler Canyon, as noted above in the MRNPC report.
Fairbrook Road/Rue Fontenay Four-Way Stop
After presentations for and against the four-way stop signs from the Chantemar, Loire Valley, and Whispering Ridge homeowners associations, and extensive comment from neighbors and users of Fairbrook Road, the SRPG recommended the four-way stop sign installation. This issue has been percolating since 1999 when the City Council approved the rezoning of the former Fairbrook school site.
As reported here first in April 2012 and throughout 2012 and 2013, the four-way signage was a condition of the site’s development. It was the city’s and developer’s promise to our newest neighbors to help insure their safety. The controlled intersection also will improve entry and exit for users of the future Fairbrook Park.
Carroll Canyon Project
As of press time, there had been no change in status. We are waiting for the final Environmental Impact Report. When it is complete, the SRPG will vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
There will then be opportunity for public comment at the Planning Commission and City Council hearings. Please visit [www.scrippsranch.org] to complete the survey of residents’ opinions concerning this project and to keep up with news concerning meeting schedules.
Planning Group Elections
An election for SRPG members will be held at our March meeting. Nominations were made at our February meeting. Each SRPG member is elected to a two-year term. Half of the seats on the group are elected each year, and there is an eight-year term limit. After the membership election at our March meeting, the SRPG will elect officers for the 2014–2015 term, including chair, vice chairs, and secretary.
The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our next meeting is Thursday, Mar. 6. All meetings are open to the public, and all residents are encouraged to attend and get involved in their community. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email me at [[email protected]].
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair