Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Carroll Canyon Project—“Big Box” Proposal

Sudberry Properties has purchased part of Horizon Church’s interest in the Carroll Canyon site for $8 million. We are still waiting for the final Environmental Impact Report. When complete, our group will vote on a recommendation to the City Council on the project. There will be opportunity for public comment at Planning Group, Planning Commission, and City Council hearings. Please see [www.scrippsranch.org] to complete the survey of residents’ opinions concerning this project, and visit the website often to keep up with events that affect our community.

March Meeting

At the March meeting your Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) voted to recommend approval of the city’s revision of Council Policy 600-24, which specifies operating procedures and responsibilities of community planning groups. The groups traditionally advised the City Council and other government agencies on land use, specifically land use matters relating to the city’s General Plan or local Community Plans. See our Community Plan at [http://scrippsranch.org/committees/advisory-committees/srpg.html].

The revised policy greatly expands planning group responsibilities to include land use, mobility and transportation, urban design, public facilities and services, economic prosperity, conservation, noise, historic preservation, and infrastructure.

We also approved an AT&T Wireless Telecommunications proposal to install more antennae near the Sycamore Estates water tank in StoneBridge Estates. In addition, the SRPG appointed a subcommittee to review the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Nob Hill Pipeline Improvements Project. See the MRNPC report below for more details.

We Need Volunteer Experts

The Scripps Miramar Ranch and Miramar Ranch North planning groups review proposals for new projects in our community. The reviews include compliance with the city’s General and Community Plans, as well as the California Environmental Quality Act. Reviews often involve technical judgment related to geology, hydrology, biology, construction engineering, traffic engineering, economics, acoustics, and cultural or historical impacts.

The reviews are brief but intense because the city only allows a 45-day review period. If you have expertise in any of these or related disciplines, we need you We would like to develop a list of volunteer experts we can call on for quick reviews. Please contact me at [[email protected]] or MRNPC chair Lorayne Burley at [mrnp[email protected]].

Maintenance District Budget

In February the SRPG adopted the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) budget. Nearly $2.9 million will be spent in 2014 and 2015 on landscape, park, and recreational facilities maintenance.

In March we discussed the rising costs of water and labor, and we expect a budget shortfall that will reduce our reserves. In the future there are two ways to handle this: reduce services or increase the MAD fee property owners pay on their property tax bills. Any increase beyond the normal annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase requires a public vote.

The SRPG will consider options in the coming months and welcome your input.

Planning Group Election

In March we held SRPG elections. Nominations were made at our February meeting. Three new members were elected: Gary Harrison, Emma Lefkowitz, and Sandra Wetzel-Smith. Six members were re-elected: Gwendolyn Bandt, Julie Ellis, Scott Hilberg, Tamar Silverstein, Stan Williams, and Wally Wulfeck.

Three members are leaving: Mike Asaro, Elizabeth Hansen, and Bob Petering. We thank them for their outstanding service to our community. All SRPG members are unpaid volunteers, so their contributions are greatly appreciated.

Officers—including chair, vice chairs, and secretary—for the 2014–2015 term will be elected at the April meeting.

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, Apr. 3. All are welcome. For questions, email me at [[email protected]].

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Nob Hill Pipeline Project

The MRNPC received the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Nob Hill Pipeline Improvements Project. The DEIR can be reviewed at the Scripps Ranch Library or on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) website at [www.scrippsranch.org/community/news/2969-nob-hill-pipeline-deir.html].

Written comments pertaining to the adequacy of the DEIR should be directed to the Water Authority’s environmental consultant. See the SRCA website for details and address. They must be received no later than Saturday, Apr. 5.

The MRNPC held an ad hoc subcommittee meeting in March for Scripps Ranch residents to voice any comments as to the adequacy of the DEIR. No significant comments were presented.

In summary, the DEIR concludes that there would be significant impacts associated with the environmental issues of biological resources—sensitive vegetation communities—and noise, noise standards, ground borne vibration, and temporary noise. The impacts would be reduced to below a level of significance with the use of mitigation measures. The DEIR concluded that there would be significant impacts associated with noise for a limited period that can’t be fully mitigated.

New AT&T Wireless Facility

The MRNPC was asked to make an advisory recommendation to the city on the AT&T application request for a wireless communication facility consisting of 12 antennas on two 35-foot faux trees—mono-pine/mono-eucalyptus—an emergency generator, and an equipment enclosure. The site is at 16688 Stonebridge Parkway in the AR-1-1 zone of the Rancho Encantada Community Plan area. The project requires a Planned Development Permit, a Neighborhood Development Permit, a Neighborhood Use Permit, and a Site Development Permit Planning Commission Decision. The motion to approve the application carried 10-0.

Updates to City Council Policy

The Community Planners Committee (CPC) recommended a series of changes to City Council Policy 600-24 in November 2013. Those changes were forwarded to the city attorney’s office for review and now all community planning groups have been asked to review the drafts.

The changes to the policy are on the CPC website in the Feb. 25, 2014, agenda at [www.sandiego.gov/planning/community/cpc/agendas/index.shtml]. The motion to accept the changes carried 11-0.

Member Elections

The MRNPC held membership elections in March. Existing members—Chuck Mitchell, Pat Wright, and Michelle Defilippi—were re-elected for another term of service with a motion that carried 11-0. The MRNPC will hold elections for officers in May. Thank you to all MRNPC members for your time and service.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC meets on the first Tuesday of the month. We will be adjourned in April. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

All meetings are open to the public, and your attendance and input is encouraged. If you have any questions, please email me at [[email protected]]. Also, visit the MRNPC webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/committees/advisory-committees/mrnpc.html] for agendas, minutes, and news.

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair