Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
The MRNPC welcomes Tom Ward who was elected as a resident member at our September meeting. We need more new members. If you own property or a business within the Miramar Ranch North (MRN) boundaries, please attend a meeting to find out how you can be a member.
Transmission Line Project
The public scoping period for the San Diego Gas & Electric Sycamore-Penasquitos 230-kV Transmission Line Project ended on Sept. 16. Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) chair Wally Wulfeck and I attended the August scoping meeting. A scoping report will be prepared to summarize comments made to the California Public Utilities Commission.
The transmission line project, in the Rancho Encantada (RE)—also known as StoneBridge Estates—and Miramar Ranch North (MRN) community areas, is along Segment A, the Sycamore Canyon substation to Carmel Valley Road lines.
The project work consists of:
- New 8.31-mile 230-kV overhead transmission lines along existing alignments;
- Installations of 36 double-circuit 230-kV tubular steel poles and two 138-kV tubular steel poles;
- Relocation of two existing 138-kV transmission lines to the new tubular steel poles; and,
- Removal of 42 wood H-frame structures, two tubular steel poles, one double-circuit cable pole, and two single-circuit wood mono poles.
For more details, visit [www.cpuc.ca.gov/Environment/info/panoramaenv/Sycamore_Penasquitos/index.html].
Speed Limit Change
The MRNPC was asked by the city of San Diego traffic engineering to make a recommendation regarding the proposed speed limit change, from 35 to 30 mph, on Stonebridge Parkway between Old Creek Road and Cobble Creek Lane. A speed survey concluded that the roadway segment speed, for eastbound and westbound traffic, could be lowered to 30 miles per hour to remain radar enforceable. The city recommended changing the speed limit in both directions to 30 miles per hour.
Several residents attended and expressed concerns for and against the speed reduction. A motion to recommend decreasing the speed limit on that Stonebridge Parkway segment to 30 mph failed by a vote of 5-6-1. A motion to recommend keeping the speed limit at 35 mph carried by a vote of 8-4-0.
Rancho Encantada Community Planning Area
Jan Kane, a resident of Rancho Encantada (RE)—also known as StoneBridge Estates—and property owner member of the MRNPC, hosted a meeting to investigate the possibility of forming an RE community planning group (CPG). Currently, RE residents utilize the MRNPC and SRPG to address land use matters.
At our September meeting the request was made to investigate the option of joining the MRNPC by filling open seats. Currently, there are 16 members on the MRNPC and four open seats. Other options include: forming a new RECPG; joining the SRPG by creating open seats; merging the SRPG and MRNPC and adding RE resident member seats; or scheduling regular RE ad hoc subcommittee meetings hosted by either the MRNPC or SRPG.
The approximate number of resident homes for each of the three Scripps Ranch areas is: SRPG = 7,500; MRNPC = 4,500; RE = 980. Planning area activity in RE includes speed limits, traffic controls, input on parks, and the transmission line project at the west end of the neighborhood.
Joining one of the existing groups requires revision of the bylaws to specify membership and responsibilities, a community plan amendment, City Planning Group approval, and City Council approval. All CPGs operate under the authority of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which requires that meetings of the planning group are open and accessible to the public.
In addition, Council Policy 600-24 “Standard Operating Procedures and Responsibilities of Recognized Community Planning Groups” and the bylaws govern the operations of the planning group. Several provisions of the bylaws constitute Brown Act requirements. The revisions required for joining an existing CPG are estimated to take 10 months for approval.
The MRNPC will host a RE community area ad hoc subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 9 pm in the SRCA Community Center to continue the discussion of options and workable solutions. All interested residents are invited.
[Editor’s note: While the area to our east is called StoneBridge Estates, it was originally named Rancho Encantada. Since the city officially refers to it as the Rancho Encantada community area, the SRCA Newsletter will as well, with a reminder it is also known as StoneBridge Estates.]
The MRNPC meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. We do not meet in January, April, July, and October. The next regular MRNPC meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 4. As noted above, there is a RE community area ad hoc subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7. All meetings are open to the public. For questions, please email me at [[email protected]].
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
The SRPG held its monthly meeting on Sept. 4. Below are highlights.
Speed on Tribuna Avenue
A recent traffic study showed average speeds generally meet posted speed limits. An ad hoc subcommittee, headed by SRPG member Marvin Miles, will analyze the situation and report to the group.
Zero Waste Initiative
Rebecca Hays from the San Diego Environmental Services Department described development of a new “Zero Waste” plan for presentation to the City Council. Workshops were held to obtain stakeholder input and consider alternative strategies to increase recycling and reuse.
Verizon Cell Tower at Chabad
Bob Ilko talked with Rabbi Fradkin and Verizon. The project is “on hold” because Verizon may not relocate its tower after all. Verizon stated that if the project is brought back, they agree to meet with the Crown Pointe Homeowners Association, Chabad, and an SRPG subcommittee.
Miramar Ranch School Sign
Due to a long lead time for the displays, the new electronic sign is now expected to be completed in mid-November.
Carroll Canyon Commercial Center “Big Box” Proposal
No new information was available at press time. We will report in more detail in the coming months. Meanwhile, visit [www.scrippsranch.org] often to keep up with events that affect our community.
Please attend our meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 pm at the SR Library. All residents are welcome to attend. If you have questions or concerns, please email me at [[email protected]].
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair