Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group held its regular meeting on June 4.

Stonebridge Parkway Traffic Calming Action Plan

Traffic and excessive speed on Stonebridge Parkway makes the new Sycamore Canyon Park difficult to access. There are no nearby controlled intersections, and auto entrance/exit is difficult. Scripps Ranch Civic Association president and SRPG member Bob Ilko chaired an ad hoc subcommittee on this issue and conducted an extensive review of options: stop signs; traffic lights; speed bumps; rumble strips; traffic circles; and a raised median.

The SRCA conducted a web-based survey of residents to gauge their preferences. The SRPG approved several recommendations to the city, including adding a new entrance/exit at the west end of the parking lot, installing pedestrian caution signs, and installing V-calm speed feedback signs. A proposal to install all-way stop signs on Stonebridge Parkway at Stockwood Cove was not approved.

Other Development Projects

The Carroll Canyon Center project is preparing a new environmental study. When the city issues a new Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), the SRPG will revisit the project.

The DEIR for the senior project—The Glen at Scripps Ranch—is undergoing revision and the final report will be issued this summer. At that time the SRPG will develop its recommendation to the City Planning Commission and City Council.

Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District

Water restrictions are impacting our community. Jerabek Park will be closed beginning Monday, July 6, for most of the summer so that the field can be repaired. The city water department approved more watering so the field can recover. This requires less water than reseeding.

The Marshall Middle School field and the Scripps Ranch High School soccer field also will be closed for the summer to recover. The Evan’s Pond project is continuing, and Hendrix Pond is getting water infusions twice per month. However, we do not yet know what summer water rationing limits may be imposed.

Next Meeting

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. There is no meeting in July due to the 4th of July holiday weekend. Join us at our next meeting and election on Thursday, Aug. 6. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Administration News

The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee wishes our City Council representative, Tiffany Vinson, good luck with her new position at the Office of Homeland Security. She will work on citywide disaster preparedness and emergency response. I appreciate the excellent support Tiffany has provided to our community.

We welcome Alex Vivona, our new City Council representative. Alex is a recent University of San Diego graduate who studied in the political science department, majoring in international studies. The Scripps Ranch community looks forward to working with Alex!

The MRNPC is always looking for new members. If you live in the Miramar Ranch North (MRN) area of Scripps Ranch and would like to join us, please contact me at [email protected]

City Treasurer/Tax Collector

The San Diego County treasurer-tax collector, Dan McAllister, attended the June meeting and provided an update on activities. His office is responsible for tax collection, banking, investments, disbursements, and accountability of public funds. Information flyers are our webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc or you can visit www.sdtreastax.com.

YMCA Update

Mark Thompson, Rancho YMCA executive director, provided an update on YMCA activities and discussed future plans for the Scripps Ranch site. Currently, the YMCA offers youth summer camps and sports programs at the Scripps Ranch location near the Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway. In the past 10 years the YMCA has spent about $500,000 in improvements for basketball courts, a soccer field, ga-ga court, sun shades, an archery range, and a climbing wall. The SR service area has 11,000 program participants. Information about the Rancho Family YMCA can be found at www.rancho.ymca.org.

The 10-year lease agreement between the city of San Diego and the YMCA of San Diego County was recently renewed for 25 more years. The YMCA needs $8 million in donation funds to start building a Scripps Ranch facility and $12 million to complete it. The facility could include a swimming pool, weight room, activities rooms, and locker room. Design and construction depends on funding.

In December 2014 the San Diego Unified School District began an effort to make pools and aquatic education available to all students in the district. It passed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the YMCA to build swimming pools, athletic facilities, and community centers. The plan utilizes proceeds from the Proposition Z funds. Scripps Ranch High School is currently listed in the second phase of this development plan.

Water Restrictions

Mike Rasmusson, the MRN Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) manager, continues to work to comply with the new state water restrictions aimed to cut water use by 25%. Mike already reduced the MAD water use by 33% last year and now will work to reduce it further. The MAD is monitoring watering times, checking irrigation equipment, removing overgrown plant materials, and replacing them with drought-tolerant plants.

Renovations continue at Dry Creek, a fire-resistant garden at the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Creek Drive. Ground cover and plant material has been removed. Compost has been added in preparation for the future succulent garden and landscape rocks.

At Fire Station 37 the overgrown plants were removed and will be replaced with drought- and fire-tolerant plants. The funding for the improvements at both sites was provided by a grant from Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office under the direction of our community representative, Tiffany Vinson. MAD reports and updates are on www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Verizon Wireless at Station 37

The city has requested an advisory recommendation on a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), process 3, for a Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) at Fire Station 37 at 11640 Spring Canyon Road. It would consist of a 35-foot tall mono-pine tree with supporting antennas and an above-ground equipment enclosure. The WCF development plans, drawings, and several photo simulations are available for review at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

The antenna tree and equipment enclosure would be located on the northwest corner of Fire Station 37 property. The MRNPC will address the CUP request at the August meeting. Any interested or concerned residents should attend.

Developer Agreement Funds

After many months of review the MRNPC voted 9-0-0 to recommend the purchase of one shade structure and two precast concrete benches for the picnic table area at Butterfly Park. The shade will blend with the adjacent SRCA Community Center building. The designations require City Council approval.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC will not meet in July. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. All meetings are open to the public. We encourage involvement and input from the community. For questions, please email me at [email protected]

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair