Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Feb. 5.

Rancho Encantada/StoneBridge Estates Inclusion in the SRPG

Our subcommittee, which includes representatives from Rancho Encantada (RE), met to begin revising the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) bylaws to include RE/StoneBridge Estates. As you may recall, in December the SRPG voted unanimously to include the RE planning area in our group. This requires the following: boundary adjustment for the SRPG; new bylaws; review of the new bylaws by the city attorney; action by the City Planning Commission; and two hearings and votes by the City Council. The process will take several months.

Traffic Issues

We discussed traffic issues at many locations in Scripps Ranch. At Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch boulevards Caltrans is adjusting the signal timing to try to reduce queuing. The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee also is requesting repainting and signage at the intersection.

An unknown resident requested a stop sign on Pinecastle Street at Walnutdale Street. The Whispering Ridge homeowners association opposed the sign. We voted to keep this installation “on hold” and to support the HOA. Subsequently, we received the stop sign analysis from the city, which showed the sign is not warranted.

We heard residents’ complaints of speeding on Semillon Boulevard and Sunset Ridge Drive. Our subcommittee is analyzing remedies that include restrictive striping, road dividers or traffic circles, and increased enforcement. Residents should observe posted speed limits. We will plan a special campaign to remind residents of speed issues on the Ranch.

Scripps Ranch Technology Park

Michael Murphy of the Murphy Development Company reported they have made important progress on brush management, cleanup, and removal of transients in the Technology Park area. They are planning significant landscape renovation, including a trail system connecting the city park area to the reservoir area, an organic garden, and an orchard.

They also are helping with plans for improved parking at the library to include as many as 91 new spaces. They showed drawings of a new building for Lots 7 and 8. New buildings will not adversely affect the applicable land use plan and will fully comply with the Land Development Code. Our group unanimously voted to recommend approval of the Substantial Conformance Review.

Planning Group Election

At our regular March meeting each year your planning group elects members to two-year terms. Ten of the 20 members are elected each year. Four new candidates—Jenny Marshall, Don Ringel, Stuart Gross, and Bob Petering—were nominated for election, in addition to seven continuing members. To vote in the election you must live, work, or own property in our area and attend at least two regular meetings during the previous year.

Next Meeting

Please attend our next meeting and elections on Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have any questions, email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Join the MRNPC

The MRNPC is looking for new members. Any resident who owns property or a business within the Miramar Ranch North (MRN) boundary is eligible for election to the planning group. Membership information is posted at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc. This includes a new member information sheet and background information on community planning from the city. Please contact me if interested.

Elections

The MRNPC has no member reelections or new candidates for the March elections. Officer elections will be held at the May meeting.

Thank You, Ernie Burciaga

Farewell to Ernie Burciaga who resigned from the MRNPC in January. Ernie served for two years as a resident member. He volunteered many hours of his time and energy to numerous Miramar Ranch North and Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) projects. Thank you, Ernie!

Development Agreement Funds

The committee is still working with city staff and the Park and Recreation Department to designate remaining developer funds. Discussion continued at the February meeting. Under consideration is a replacement patio cover for the picnic table area and additional benches at Butterfly Park, as well as replacement playground equipment at Spring Canyon Park. Butterfly Park is the area that surrounds the SRCA Community Center.

MRNPC Bylaws Update

The city Planning Department is requiring all community planning groups to update their bylaws based on the recent City Council approval of amendments to Council Policy 600-24 and the bylaws shell. The revised 600-24 document—that serves as the Standard Operating Procedures and Responsibilities of Recognized Community Planning Groups—became effective on Nov. 14, 2014.

The city Planning Department provided a draft copy of the MRNPC bylaws with minor changes. We are working to review the changes and clarify the election policies and procedures. At press time, an ad hoc subcommittee meeting was scheduled for February to continue the discussion and review. It’s probable that the bylaw amendments can be approved administratively by staff and the city attorney.

MRNPC Meetings

The next meeting is on Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. Residents are welcome. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected]

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair