Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

MRN MAD Budget

Casey Smith, district manager for the Park and Recreation Maintenance Assessment Districts (MAD), and Mike Rasmusson, MRN MAD grounds maintenance manager, presented the draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget for approval. Casey and Mike met with the MRNPC ad hoc subcommittee in November to present and review the proposed budget. No increase in the assessment rate is required this year.

There was an additional payment to the General Benefit Offset from the general fund due to a citywide MAD litigation settlement. It resulted in the MRN MAD receiving about $175,000. The current assessments rates are $52.92 for Zone 1 business areas and $229.92 for Zone 2 residential areas. That amount is paid twice per year as part of your county property tax if you live in MRN MAD areas.

The rates have been maintained at a steady range of $50–$60 for Zone 1 and $230–$270 for Zone 2 dating back to FY 2008. However, for the FY 2017 budget cycle, the minimum reserve will be under 10% of the operating budget so an assessment increase is expected. A motion to recommend approval of the final draft FY 2016 budget as presented carried 10-0-0.

A copy of the approved FY 2016 budget is posted on the MRNPC webpage at [www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc] along with other documents regarding the MRN MAD. Take a look if you’re interested.

Development Agreement Funds

The MRNPC continues to work to determine suitable designations for the remaining funds. Members agreed to seek cost estimates from city staff for a patio cover for the picnic table area at Butterfly Park to replace the one removed due to damage. Butterfly Park is the area that surrounds the SRCA Community Center. Still under consideration are additional benches in Butterfly Park and playground equipment options at Spring Canyon Park.

Speed Limit on Spring Canyon

The MRNPC received a letter from city traffic engineering regarding the speed limit on Spring Canyon Road between Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Poway Parkway. A recent roadway survey indicated the existing speed limit of 45 mph should be raised to 50 mph to remain radar enforceable. A motion to recommend that we keep the 45 mph speed limit everywhere in our planning area along Spring Canyon Road from Scripps Poway Parkway to Pomerado Road carried 9-0-1.

T-Mobile Water Tank Project

The T-Mobile Miramar Ranch North water tank project—No. 381728—was revisited at our December meeting to review additional diagrams and photos of the proposed antenna enclosures. This was requested by the MRNPC at the November meeting. The application amends the current permit for improvements to the wireless communication equipment at the water tank at 11485 Weatherhill Way. A motion to recommend approval of the application as presented carried 10-0-0.

MRNPC Bylaw Updates

We are working with the city Planning Department to update the bylaws based on the City Council approval of amendments to Council Policy 600-24 and the bylaws shell. The amended policy, which serves as the Standard Operating Procedures and Responsibilities of Recognized Community Planning Groups, became effective on Nov. 14, 2014. An ad hoc subcommittee meeting will be scheduled to prepare for the bylaw revision process. All updated bylaws need a committee recommendation as well as final City Council approval.

Member Elections

We holds annual elections in March for existing members and have openings for new members. If you own property or a business within the MRN boundaries and attended two MRNPC meetings in the past year, you are eligible. If interested, email me at [[email protected]].

MRNPC Meetings

The committee is dark in January. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All residents are welcome to attend.

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair

Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Happy New Year to All

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting in December. The main items of business were Rancho Encantada/StoneBridge Estates inclusion in the SRPG, tree maintenance policy and procedures, the status of our public facilities funds, and traffic issues.

Rancho Encantada/StoneBridge

The SRPG voted unanimously to include the Rancho Encantada planning area in the SRPG. A subcommittee, including StoneBridge residents, was formed to propose the necessary boundary adjustment and work with the city on revision of the SRPG bylaws in accordance with Council Policy 600-24, which governs community planning groups. The policy is available at [http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilpolicies/cpd_600-24.pdf].

The subcommittee will consider issues of representation, governance, and oversight of public financing such as Maintenance Assessment District funds. Adding StoneBridge to the SRPG will require review of the new bylaws by the city attorney, Planning Commission action, and two hearings and votes by the City Council. The process will take several months.

Public Facilities Financing

Angela Abeyta, the city’s funds manager for our area, gave an overview of our fund allocations. That includes: nearly $6 million in Facilities Benefits Assessment allocation; about $3.5 million of park fees; and $2 million in other miscellaneous funds. These funds are used for parks, traffic improvements, and other projects.

Eucalyptus Trees

The SRPG adopted an overall policy and procedures for tree services in our Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). There is no mass removal or harvesting of trees on city property, nor does the city provide services on private property. City trees are identified for maintenance or removal by residents or city staff inspection. If a tree is a threat to property, it is evaluated by a certified arborist for pruning or removal. A second evaluation is made, and a recommendation is made to the MAD.

All trimming or removal is performed by a licensed and bonded contractor procured by the city through a competitive bid process. A certified tree worker is required to be onsite when any work is performed. Residents may contact the Open Space Division of the Park and Recreation Department for trees on city property only, for overhanging limbs onto private property, safety hazards such as dead or dying limbs, damage to private property from roots, and other such concerns.

Traffic Issues at Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch Boulevards

A resident outlined the worsening traffic situation during rush hours in the area around this intersection (page 17). A new subcommittee and both Councilmember Mark Kersey’s and Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s offices are working with the city and Caltrans. A longer-term solution is needed because of new development proposed in the Business Park area.

Scripps Ranch Technology Park

The Murphy Development Company reported it is evaluating library parking expansion, landscaping, improving accessibility of open areas, building design, and security for the newly purchased Technology Park lots. Our ad hoc subcommittee, chaired by Gordon Boerner, is continuing to work with Murphy on community planning issues for the Technology Park.

Other Development Projects

There was no news on the Carroll Canyon Center or the Continuing Life Communities (CLC)–The Glen at Scripps Ranch Senior Living Project. The Carroll Canyon apartment proposal initiation is due for action by the city Planning Commission. The SRPG will review the CLC Draft Environmental Impact Report when it is released by the city.

Planning Group Election

At our March meeting each year the SRPG elects members to two-year terms. Ten of the 20 members are elected each year. To vote in the election or to be a candidate, you must live, work, or own property in our area and attend at least two regular meetings during the previous year.

Nominations for membership will be made at our February meeting. Any eligible member who is interested in running for election should contact me at the email below or any SRPG member in January.

Next Meeting

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will not meet in January. Please attend our meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5. Your input is appreciated. Questions? Email me at [[email protected]].

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair