Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7. This report includes the major information and action items.

Disaster Preparedness and Fire Safety

SRPG and Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council member Sandy Wetzel-Smith described efforts to reduce fire danger in overgrown areas, particularly along Pomerado Road and some of the canyons in Scripps Ranch, such as near Jerabek Elementary School. To develop a multi-level approach to fire safety, we are working with representatives from these offices and departments: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Councilmember Mark Kersey, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, and U.S. Representative Scott Peters.

A walk-through of the “Giant Grove” area with Eddie Villavicencio, San Diego’s deputy fire marshal, was done in August. The Scripps Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Forum was held later in August. It featured presentations from the police and fire departments, CAL FIRE, the Red Cross, consumer advocates, and fire safety contractors and vendors.

Urban Forests

The San Diego Urban Forestry Management office described plans to preserve existing urban forests and develop new ones.

Nob Hill Pipeline and Miramar Pump Station

Please see the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee article below for information on these items.

Miramar Ranch School Sign

A contract for the project was awarded in July. Construction should be underway through September.

New RV Parking Ordinance

The City Council—without input from the SRPG or Scripps Ranch Civic Association—amended the San Diego Municipal Code, section 86.0138, to prohibit RV parking on city streets from 2 am to 6 am. It also prohibits parking any such vehicle within 50 feet of an intersection at any time. This includes campers, motor homes, and tent, boat, or vehicle trailers.

Citizens can obtain a temporary overnight parking permit. The city implemented an online system to assist residents who want a permit. An information flyer about the new ordinance and the process to obtain permits is posted on the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc].

Wireless Facility in Stonebridge

Residents near the proposed Sycamore site on Stonebridge Parkway are appealing the Planning Commission’s approval of the project. The City Council hearing is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22 or 29.

Verizon Cell Tower at Chabad

Continuing from our June meeting, Kyle Albers, with Brian Cook and Associates representing Verizon Corporation, presented drawings and renderings for the proposal to relocate and expand an existing cell tower at Chabad’s educational complex. At our last meeting several residents and the Crown Pointe homeowners association (HOA) objected to the proposed new location and noted the location is the subject of a prior agreement between Chabad and the HOA.

Chabad representatives stated their commitment to abide by their agreement, but Verizon has apparently made no effort to meet with the HOA or modify its plans. Because of the conflicting information, the SRPG voted to make no recommendation until the conflicts are resolved.

SR Senior Living Project

Rick Aschenbrenner of Continuing Life Communities (CLC) presented an update on its project, The Glen at Scripps Ranch. CLC continues to work with the city and state to obtain permits for the facility.

Project planning is proceeding on schedule: the Draft Environmental Impact Report is in review by the city and should be released for public comment sometime in the fall. Meanwhile, CLC has opened an information office at 9903 Businesspark Avenue, Suite 104, in Scripps Ranch. It features a scale model of the entire proposed project.

Jerome’s Furniture Sign

As previously reported, Jerome’s Furniture plans to upgrade the exterior appearance and signage at its Scripps Ranch store. At our August meeting the SRPG unanimously voted to recommend approval of Jerome’s permit application.

Carroll Canyon “Big Box” Proposal

Again this month there has been no change in status:we are still waiting for the final Environmental Impact Report. When complete, the SRPG will vote on a recommendation to the City Council on the project. There will be opportunity for public comment at the SRPG meeting, as well as the 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.

Next Meeting

Please attend our next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at [[email protected]].

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Nob Hill Pipeline and Miramar Pump Station

Craig Balben, San Diego County Water Authority’s public affairs representative, provided an update on the Water Authority’s Nob Hill Improvements and Miramar Pump Station Rehabilitation projects.

The Miramar Pump Station Rehabilitation Project is located in the neighboring Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) area at the corner of Scripps Lake Drive and Red Cedar Drive and will upgrade existing pump equipment. Work on this project begins in mid-2015 and should be completed by early 2016.

The Nob Hill Improvements Project, located in both the SRPG and MRNPC, runs behind the Nob Hill condominiums in the open space area. Road access improvements west of the Miramar Reservoir and a staging area along Scripps Lake Drive are in progress. This project adds a pipeline to improve the operation and maintenance of the structures, as well as to eliminate the likelihood of uncontrolled release of water. It will be installed via tunneling rather than trenching. Construction is scheduled for late 2015 through early 2017.

The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was certified in June. The EIR documents, project maps, and information can be found at [www.sdcwa.org/nob-hill-pipeline-improvements].

Craig shared an important message: California is in a drought. Residents are encouraged to conserve water. If water levels don’t improve, residents could see allocations next year. Please be waterwise.

Watermark Project

There was a meeting with the developer, city traffic engineers, and community members in July to discuss the request for the raised median break on Scripps Highland Drive. At this time the request for the median break has not been approved. This traffic improvement is one of the several traffic mitigation measures that the community is working on for this project.

Sycamore to Penasquitos Transmission Line

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) scoping period for the San Diego Gas & Electric Sycamore-Penasquitos 230-kV Transmission Line Project began in August and ends on Tuesday, Sept. 16. All comments on potential environmental issues and potential alternatives to the proposed project during the scoping period are welcome. Information about how to submit comments are on an information flyer posted on the MRNPC webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc].

MRN MAD Review

Miramar Ranch North (MRN) hosted an onsite Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) meeting in early August for committee members. We met at Butterfly Park—the grounds around the SRCA Community Center—to discuss issues with Mike Rassuman, the MAD grounds maintenance manager. We then spent two-and-a-half hours driving around and reviewing many of the MAD areas. It was a rainy Saturday, but Jan Kane, Tom Meissner, George Pecoraro, Mike Rassuman, and I realized the need and value of spending time on this review.

Here are observations and more focused goals for the MRN MAD.

  • MRN MAD is stuck in the ’80s style of landscaping—too much watering and plant material.
  • We need to use sustainable and waterwise landscaping methods.
  • Major irrigation review:replace or repair water heads and stations as needed.
  • No watering of sidewalks and streets to reduce the monthly bill.
  • Use of mulch and compost techniques to insulate soil, retain water, and prevent weeds.
  • Create a nursery area to cultivate new plant materials from seeds and cuttings.
  • Correct the plant signage in three pocket park areas.
  • Reduce bushes trimmed into balls—let them grow, group together where possible, and remove as needed.

Notes from the review and the drive are posted on the MRNPC webpage. If you are interested in participating in the MRN MAD, please join us at any of our monthly meetings or at the annual yearly review during the December meeting.

MRN 20th Anniversary Event

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Miramar Ranch North community, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) will host the Miramar Ranch North 20th Anniversary 5K Fun Run/Walk. The SRCA was awarded a $10,000 community enrichment grant from the County of San Diego to help make this possible.

This community event will be on Saturday, Dec. 6. It will start at Fire Station 37, go east on Spring Canyon Road, turn around before Pomerado Road, head west on Spring Canyon Road, and end at Spring Canyon Park. So mark your calendars!

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC meets eight times during the year on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We do not meet in January, April, July, and October. All meetings are open to the public, and we encourage involvement and input from the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know at [[email protected]].

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair