Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Glen at Scripps Ranch

At the Scripps Ranch Planning Group’s (SRPG) August meeting, Rick Aschenbrenner, Continuing Life Communities (CLC) chief operating officer, and Randi Coopersmith, Latitude 33 Engineering in Scripps Ranch, described the senior living project and addressed some questions and comments. They made these points:

Compatibility with the Community: There is significant demand for retirement living and continuing care in Scripps Ranch. About 200 Scripps Ranch residents already intend to move to The Glen at Scripps Ranch and have placed deposits. The project is consistent with the goals and objectives of our community plan and is compatible with the current institutional land use designation.

Traffic: The proposed project has less impact than other reasonable uses of the property. According to the city’s traffic analysis, it will produce 1,880 “Average Daily Trips,” which is only 35% of the approved Alliant International University plan. This will add less than 10% to the traffic volume on Pomerado Road, almost all of it at off-peak hours.

Grading and Scale: The land has already been partially graded. Any other land use also would require more grading. There will be no massive retaining walls like Marshall Middle School (MMS) or steep slopes facing Pomerado Road. The proposed buildings are 650 to 1,000 feet away from Pomerado Road and barely will be visible from the road. The top of the highest building will be below the level of the Chabad center.

More than 1,000 new trees will be planted. Almost 10 acres, 500 feet deep, along Pomerado Road will be preserved as Carroll Creek open space and will be maintained by The Glen. There will be improved fire safety at no cost to our Maintenance Assessment District (MAD).

Density: Moderate density is necessary to provide services and amenities economically. The Glen at Scripps Ranch will be the lowest density retirement community built in San Diego in more than 40 years. The proposed density is much less than already permitted for Alliant. Note: The remaining Alliant property is not currently for sale. Alliant has new financing partners and is revising its campus plans.

Emergency Access: The facility will be built to higher fire code standards than regular residential construction because it is a regulated senior care facility. In an emergency the residents will shelter in place and not add to emergency traffic on Pomerado Road. Additional access connecting the Chabad center, The Glen, Alliant, and MMS will be built.

Economic Development: The Glen will employ about 180 people. Many of these jobs will be available to local high school and college students.

During the presentation Craig Jones from Residents For the Rational Use of the Alliant Site (RRUAS) challenged the traffic projections. Rick indicated that the projections are from the city, and if anything the projections probably overestimate the actual traffic. A resident from La Costa Glen—a similar but larger facility than The Glen at Scripps Ranch—presented results from a usage survey of their residents: 20% of residents do not own a car; 32% make only 1–3 trips per week; and 32% make 4–6 trips per week. Only 12% make one or two trips per day. Residents make midday trips and avoid rush hours.

Rick stated that projections using more modern methods than those used by the city also give lower, more favorable, traffic estimates. Employee and service traffic to The Glen will be scheduled outside peak traffic periods.

Several Scripps Ranch residents voiced support for The Glen. They indicated they or their parents look forward to moving in so they can stay in Scripps Ranch and maintain connections to family, friends, and community. Twenty-five-year SRPG member Bob Petering remarked that more than 15 years ago, the planning group supported retirement living in our community.

RRUAS will present its opposition to the project at our Thursday, Sept. 3, meeting. We will have an extensive report on that side in the October SRCA Newsletter.

The SRPG will vote on its overall recommendation to the Planning Commission and City Council when the final Environmental Impact Report is released by the city. That vote probably will take place at our October or November meeting.

We urge all interested residents to make sure they are fully informed on the project. Please visit The Glen office in Scripps Ranch at 9903 Businesspark Avenue #104. Review the plans. Look at the scale model. Make arrangements to visit La Costa Glen. Listen to opposing points of view. Then email us at [email protected] and attend the SRPG meetings.

SRPG Bylaws Add StoneBridge

The SRPG unanimously approved our new bylaws, which include a boundary adjustment to include StoneBridge Estates/Rancho Encantada in our overall planning area. Please see the bylaws at www.scrippsranch.org/srpg. They now go to the city attorney and then the City Council for final approval.

Residents’ Traffic Requests

Our ad hoc Traffic Subcommittee will study requests for traffic calming on Handrich Drive and for red curbs and crosswalk striping near Jerabek Elementary School. After that, we will recommend actions to the city.

Park and Field Improvements

The SRPG approved improvements to the stage area at Hoyt Park proposed by the Symphony in the Park Committee. We also approved a proposal from Scripps Ranch Little League for a batting cage at the northwest corner of Jerabek field.

Speeding Special Report

In last month’s report on Speeding in Scripps Ranch, we left out Scripps Lake Drive, which should have been listed as a major collector.

Next Meeting

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. At our meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, City Council president pro tem Marti Emerald and additional city staff will discuss future fire stations outlined in the recent Citygate Report. Please attend. If you have any questions, email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Verizon Wireless at Fire Station

The city requested an advisory recommendation on a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) at 11640 Spring Canyon Road—Fire Station 37. It would consist of a 35-foot mono-pine tree supporting antennas and an above ground equipment enclosure. The antenna tree was later revised to a mono-eucalyptus after review by the Miramar Ranch North (MRN) grounds maintenance manager (GMM), Mike Rasmusson. He also made several landscaping recommendations to blend plant and tree heights.

At the August meeting many MRN residents who live near the proposed site shared concerns: location choice; sightlines from backyards; and health hazards. It also was shared that the Verizon rep visited the impacted neighborhood and one resident’s backyard to assess concerns.

Verizon then proposed a revised plan to use a concealed antenna instead of a faux tree. The antenna would be installed in the fire station building tower—or copula—with the height of the tower increased about three to four feet. The ground equipment enclosure would remain at the existing site. A revised simulation photo was made available for the MRNPC to review.

The MRNPC voted unanimously to recommend Verizon Wireless revise the WCF permit application to use a concealed antenna in the fire station tower with the above ground equipment enclosure and revisit the committee in September.

The MRN GMM will continue to work with Verizon and residents to provide guidelines for landscaping in the area. All new information, such as the revised photo, is available for review on the MRNPC webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

A quick note on radio frequency safety. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates safety related to cell phones and antenna facilities. The city, thus community planning groups, is not permitted to evaluate applications based on health-related concerns due to regulations in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Wireless applicants are required to submit a report showing compliance with FCC regulations. For more, visit www.sandiego.gov/development-services/industry/information/telecom.shtml.

MAD Update

The GMM is getting bids for a shade structure for tables at Butterfly Park with money from the Developer Agreement Funds. The Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) reports are on our webpage.

MRNPC Meetings

The next MRNPC meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. For questions, email me at [email protected]

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair