Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee
The MedImpact and Watermark projects are located at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. The industrial section of the site, which includes another MedImpact office building and a parking structure, is still estimated to start construction early this summer.
The commercial and retail section of the site, called The Watermark, is estimated to start construction at the end of 2015. The Watermark 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, and a gourmet food market. The Whole Foods Market agreement was confirmed recently, and the developer is actively marketing the retail project. It will be sometime before tenants are committed.
Meanwhile, Sudberry Properties and Scripps Ranch representatives—Bob Ilko, Wally Wulfeck, Tom Meissner, and I—met with city traffic engineers and staff to discuss solutions for the requested center median break on Scripps Highland Drive, which was item #10 in the letter to the MRNPC. Visit [www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc] to see the letter.
Two options were discussed and are under consideration by the city. Also discussed was the request to extend the southbound left-turn pocket on Scripps Poway Parkway turning onto Scripps Highland Drive—item #4 in the letter—which requires additional evaluation of the current median and landscaping. The MRNPC will continue to work with the developer and city staff to monitor and implement the proposed traffic improvements.
Prepare San Diego Project
Sandy Wetzel-Smith, with Red Cross San Diego, presented information on the Prepare San Diego project. The goal is to have each household and community prepare for disasters by developing a plan, practicing it, and obtaining emergency kits in cars. Sandy provided sample guides, worksheets, and booklets. A basic three-page worksheet is available to print and use from the MRNPC webpage.
Stonebridge Parkway Stop Sign
With the recent opening of the new Sycamore Canyon Park in StoneBridge Estates, the need to provide a crosswalk became a greater concern for residents. Both planning groups are working together to advise and provide community input.
The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council supports a stop sign but has declined to state where. Options were discussed at a meeting with community leaders and a city traffic engineer. Possibilities include: mid-block, there’s an issue with a guardrail break; east end, at Stockwood Cove; and, west end, at Stonecroft Terrace.
A stop sign is a short-term solution. The longer-term solution—five to ten years—is to possibly design a second exit on the west side of the park. The SRCA will provide a survey for residents’ opinions. Stay tuned for updates on this survey.
The MRNPC held our officer elections in May. We elected Jan Kane as secretary, re-elected Michelle Abella-Shon as vice chair, and I was re-elected as chair.
The MRNPC meets eight times during the year on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. We do not meet in January, April, July, and October. Meetings are at the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road and are open to the public. If you have questions, please email me at [[email protected]].
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group
Both Lorayne Burley, the MRNPC chair, and I attend the Community Planners Committee meeting each month, which also is attended by many of the 41 planning groups around the city and city staff. I am always impressed by the variety of issues that occur across our city.
The city policy about marijuana dispensaries is an ongoing issue. It allows up to four in each Council district, and applications were due last month. Tiffany Vinson, our Council office representative, says no applications were submitted in Scripps.
“Big Box” Proposal
At our May meeting a Caltrans representative provided a report on its response to the Draft Environmental Impact Report from last October. This is available at [www.scrippsranch.org/CarrollCanyon]. Caltrans mainly addressed the traffic issues affecting I-15, but noted that some traffic estimates appear low and that new simulations should be performed.
There has been no change in status—we are waiting for the Final Environmental Impact Report. When complete, the SRPG will vote on a recommendation to the City Council. There will be opportunities for public comment at our meeting, as well as the Planning Commission and City Council hearings. Visit [www.scrippsranch.org] for the latest information.
At our May meeting neighbors described their objections to the AT&T Wireless Telecommunications proposal to install additional antennae near the Sycamore Estates water tank in StoneBridge Estates. As a reminder, in March both planning groups voted to recommend approval of the proposed antennae installation. The SRPG agreed to look into the matter and address it at our June meeting.
Planning Group Vacancy
John Lowe, who has served on the SRPG since 2011, is leaving Scripps Ranch. We thank him for his outstanding service. His vacancy will be filled within 120 days. If you are interested in serving on the SRPG, please contact me at [[email protected]].
The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 5. All are welcome.
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair