Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

City Council

Tiffany Vinson reported that a solar battery emergency energy system has been installed at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. If the grid goes down, the Rec Center can supply its own electricity and serve as a command center for fire and police. This was Tiffany’s last meeting as the District 5 representative since our councilmember is leaving office in December. Thank you, Tiffany, for your service to our community!

All-Way Stop on Ringdove Court and Spruce Run Drive

A resident returned to the MRNPC with additional information to request a new all-way (3-way) stop at the intersection of Ringdove Court and Spruce Run Drive. Several neighbors were in attendance to express their opinions. There was also discussion about possible alternatives, including speed bumps, road center islanding, an all-way stop at the nearby Bluet Point intersection, pedestrian crossing striping, and bulb-outs at this and other nearby intersections.

Tiffany Vinson noted that a stop sign would be financially feasible because it is not considered a traffic calming measure. The MRNPC tabled the motion to allow neighbors to investigate options.

Late note: Since the MRNPC meeting, the all-way stop is no longer being pursued.

Potential Capital Improvement Projects Budget

Resident member Bill Crooks reported that at the recent Community Planners Committee (CPC) meeting, Mayor Sanders’ office announced an initiative to promote community planning group input into development of the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) budget. Projects within the CIP category can be quite varied and involve improvements with a useful life of greater than one year. The MRNPC plans to develop a review process to provide input during the next few months.

Looking for New Members

The MRNPC is looking for new members. If you live in the Miramar Ranch North area of Scripps Ranch and are interested in joining, please contact me at the email listed below.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All meetings are open to the public, and we encourage involvement from the community. If you have any questions, please email me at [[email protected]].

Dustin Steiner, MRNPC Chair

Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Road Humps on Forestview

As reported in the last two Newsletters, the SRPG once again took up the issue of whether to recommend the installation of two to six road humps on Forestview Lane between Arbor Park Place and Lake Rim Road. An alternative is to install a V-Calm traffic sign that flashes a digital readout of your speed as you drive by. Several residents from Forestview Lane and Lake Rim Road appeared to express their opinions.

Although there was not a clear consensus among the residents, there seemed to be less opposition to installing the V-Calm sign on the downward slope of Forestview Lane near the tot lot. The SRPG ultimately supported a motion to have the city assess and install a V-Calm sign on Forestview Lane.

The SRPG also requested more information on the installation from the city Traffic Engineering Department. As of press time, we hoped to have that for our November meeting, where we will assess whether to take further action.

Casa Mira View Mural

Many of you have undoubtedly seen the mural (below) painted on the parking structure of the Casa Mira View apartment complex being constructed on the west side of I-15 at Mira Mesa Boulevard. According to our sources, the developer approached the Mira Mesa Planning Group (MMPG) for ideas on what to paint on the wall until the apartments are completed. The apartments will eventually be built around the structure and obscure the wall completely.

The MMPG asked the developer to contract a local Mira Mesa artist to come up with a decorative painting with a Mira Mesa theme. The theme of the mural was entitled "Believe," which the artist depicted by having a woman–perhaps a mom or teacher–sitting in a chair, reading to kids. The children’s imagination is stimulated as they envision the subjects in the stories. That is how you get the whale, the shuttle, a unicorn, a boat, and so forth, in the yellow field above them.

It also incorporates Mira Mesa’s school mascots: Ericson Elementary Vikings, Hage Elementary Panthers, Hickman Elementary Hawks, Mason Elementary Lions, Sandburg Elementary Tigers, Walker Elementary Eagles, Wangenheim Middle School Wildcats, Challenger Middle School Cheetahs, and Mira Mesa High School Marauders.

Quail Brush Power Plant

Cogentrix, a Charlotte, NC-based company, wants to develop a new power plant adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park near Santee. Some residents have voiced concern over the potential for air pollution to affect the communities north of the plant, such as Scripps Ranch. While the Tierrasanta Town Council and SRPG have not taken a position, the San Diego Planning Commission and City Council have both opposed the project.

The applicant is still requesting the California Energy Commission (CEC) hear its proposal and approve it. There is the need for an environmental study, and the CEC will not address the proposal at least until spring 2013. The SRPG will monitor this project and, if needed, request the developer present its project for the committee’s consideration.

John Paul the Great University

Representatives from John Paul the Great University, located on the northwest corner of Willow Creek and Old Grove roads, appeared in front of the SRPG to request a two-year extension of its existing Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The university has been at the site for six years and is slowly growing–currently they have 160 students.

Understanding the business park around that site has been rezoned for prime industrial land and that their use is incompatible with that designation, the university has asked for a two-year extension. That would allow them to continue to look for a new campus to relocate. All provisions of their existing CUP are not being changed. The SRPG approved the university’s request.

SRPG Vacancies and Meetings

The SRPG has two vacancies. We encourage anyone interested in land-use issues in Scripps Ranch to attend our meetings and perhaps become a 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, Dec. 6. Residents are encouraged to attend. For information, email me at [[email protected]].

D. Todd Philips, SRPG Chair