Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

SRPG and Community Loss

It is with a very heavy heart I report that the SRPG and the Scripps Ranch community lost a wonderful member and volunteer. John Gardner passed away on Aug. 29. John was a valued member of the SRPG for more than 10 years and a trusted volunteer on many projects throughout the community. During this very difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire extended Gardner family. The community of Scripps Ranch is certainly a better place to live thanks to John’s years of service.

Casa Mira View Update

Casa Mira View project representatives appeared in front of the SRPG in September to give the community an update on the construction of the large residential complex going in just west of the I-15 and north of the Best Buy on Westview Parkway. The project team is currently in the entitlement process to get the permits for the additional 319 units, which were reported about in the March SRCA Newsletter. They also updated the community on the plan to install a light at Mira Mesa Boulevard and Hibert Street, as well as the upgrades to the Erma Road signal at Scripps Ranch Boulevard.

Current estimates for project construction are in the first quarter of 2013. The delay has been because of a requirement that the community Public Facilities Financing Plan (PFFP) must be approved by the City Council before construction can begin. City Council approval of the PFFP is expected later this calendar year.

Road Humps on Forestview Lane

As reported in the September SRCA Newsletter, the SRPG was asked by the city to consider approval of six road humps on Forestview Lane between Arbor Park Place and Lake Rim Road. Seventy-five percent of the residents along that stretch of road signed a resident-drafted petition requesting some speed mitigation action be taken to slow down speeding cars.

The planning group again had a lively debate over the request. A city Traffic Division representative did not appear to answer the group’s questions. However, the SRPG did resolve to ask the city to assess whether the installation of a road hump at each end of the tot lot on Forestview Lane would mitigate the speeding on the road around that play area.

Also, last month the SRPG requested the city assess whether the installation of a V-Calm sign would be appropriate. Once the SRPG receives and studies both assessments, the group hopes to make a final recommendation to the city on what speed mitigation measures should be taken on Forestview Lane.

Aviary Drive Speed Decrease

The city’s Traffic Division also asked for the SRPG’s recommendation on decreasing the posted speed limit on Aviary Drive between Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Willow Creek Road. Current traffic analysis would allow for the posted speed limit to be lowered from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, in both directions, and still remain enforceable by radar. The SRPG unanimously recommended the speed decrease.

Scripps Ranch Brush Management Update

As reported in the July and August SRCA Newsletters, the city has agreed to give advance notice to the community of any and all brush clearing activities in Scripps Ranch. They continue to assess areas and mark trees and brush to be removed with bright orange paint.

If you feel the city has not accurately assessed the distances from habitable structures and has identified inappropriate trees to be cut, please let us know. You also can get regular updates by asking to be put on the email blast notifications–just send an email to [[email protected]]–or stay apprised on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

SRPG Vacancies and Meetings

The SRPG has two vacancies. We encourage anyone interested in land-use issues within the Scripps Ranch area to attend our meetings and perhaps become our newest member. The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The next meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 4. If you would like more information, email me at [[email protected]].

D. Todd Philips, SRPG Chair