Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
A need for new fire stations and fire equipment was discussed at the September Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) meeting. The issue was discussed by a number of city leaders: City Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald; San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) Department Chief Javier Mainar; Director of Public Works James Nagelvoort; Chris Olsen, fiscal and policy analysis, city of San Diego independent budget analyst office; and Cory Beckwith, SDFD and San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 vice president.
The need was identified in the Citygate Associates Report on Fire Service Standards prepared for the SDFD in 2011. It was an independent study to identify gaps and needs for the region. The report analyzed fire protection levels for the entire region using three years of data.
Goals established by the City Council include fire response within 7.5 minutes. The study determined that approximately 19 areas, including Scripps Ranch and the StoneBridge Estates area need fire stations to meet that goal. The current plan includes a fire station annex on city-owned property at the northeast corner of Pomerado Road and Avenida Magnifica, with an ambulance and brush truck.
Marti recommends a proposal on the November 2016 ballot for a general obligation bond to build and equip new fire stations. Thus far the only funding is coming from developer fees, and only in certain areas. The city needs about $230 million to build and equip the 19 fire stations. This equates to about $900 over 30 years for the average property owner.
James Nagelvoort, the Public Works director, described a plan to use Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACC) for economies of scale in building all required facilities at the same time. Cory Beckwith described alternative funding strategies, such as a bond or a .25% sales tax increase, both of which would require a two-thirds majority of votes.
After they are built, each of the 19 proposed stations will cost about $2.2 million per year to staff. The SRPG unanimously approved a recommendation for additional fire infrastructure, but there was substantial additional discussion about the best ways to fund construction and subsequent operation and maintenance.
Nob Hill Pipeline Improvement
Craig Balben from the San Diego County Water Authority gave an update. The project will build an access road, lay pipe, replace pumps, valves, motors, fans, and pipes, do electrical work, and replace the fence. Construction starts in November and may take about one year. There will be some impact on Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Lake Drive.
The Glen at Scripps Ranch
Several members of the citizen’s group Residents for the Rational Use of the Alliant Site (RRUAS) addressed the SRPG. Will Lofft stated that he is satisfied with the cooperation from The Glen to preserve and enhance trees and landscape on the property, and that the project will be a benefit to the community.
Mike Bardon, of RRUAS, reviewed the history of the United States International University (USIU—now Alliant International University) site of 389 acres, the master plan, and the conditional use permit (CUP) adopted in 1978 before our community plan was developed. An amendment divided the site into USIU and Crown Pointe. A later amendment split off some USIU land for the Chabad educational complex. Marshall Middle School was then established by eminent domain.
This has resulted in a confusing situation regarding what traffic and development limits are actually approved. RRUAS’s argument is that the city has the responsibility to address how traffic and use/development limits in the original CUP will be met. Their request is to clarify the status of the USIU CUP and the original traffic limits. New estimates and limits will be addressed as the project proceeds through San Diego Planning Commission and City Council approval. This process will result in new or amended permits.
Approximately 80 Scripps Ranch residents who are interested in retirement living at The Glen attended the meeting to express their support for the project. They asked who RRUAS represents and what authority RRUAS has to claim to represent Scripps Ranch. Answer: RRUAS members represent themselves and the group has no official status. We do not know the number of its membership.
Many prospective residents described their or their parents’ plans to move into The Glen when it is complete. They stated that RRUAS in no way represents them and urged the SRPG to support the project. The planning group will vote on its recommendation when the final environmental impact report is released by the city in the next month or two.
Speed Limit Reduction
The city will lower the speed limit on Businesspark Avenue between Willow Creek and Carroll Canyon roads to 25 mph due to a recent traffic survey.
Carroll Canyon Center
The city’s notice of preparation was released for public comment. The planning groups prepared specific questions as to what should be included in the project’s new draft environmental impact report.
The developer has apparently decided not to proceed, so the land is back up for sale. This property is located between the two segments of Cypress Canyon Road, west of Cypress Canyon Park.
SDG&E/SOCAL Gas Pipeline
Residents have started to receive a notice for a new 47-mile main 36-inch pipeline for natural gas from Riverside County down to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Construction over the next eight years might affect Pomerado Road. We will have a complete report in November.
Please attend our next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Residents are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair
Verizon Wireless at Fire Station
The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) continued review of the conditional use permit (CUP), process 3, for a Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) at Fire Station 37 at 11640 Spring Canyon Road. Residents who live near the proposed site are satisfied with the revised project plan.
The MRNPC voted 6-1-1 to recommend approval of the Verizon permit application as presented with concealed antennas in the fire station tower—or copula—and the above ground equipment enclosure.
Mike Rasmusson, Miramar Ranch North (MRN) Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) grounds manager, will continue to work with Verizon representatives to provide guidelines for landscaping. Thank you to Verizon representative Kerrigan Diehl for working with MRN residents, city staff, and the MRNPC to create “doable solutions.”
Traffic Management Update
Alex Estrella, senior transportation planner, presented the final implementation plans of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) project. The ICM is a pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to allow individual transportation systems to be operated and managed as a unified corridor network.
The ICM project is led by SANDAG and includes partnerships with the USDOT, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), North County Transit District (NCTD), and the cities of Escondido, Poway, and San Diego. The pilot program covers a 20-mile section of Interstate 15 from north of State Route 52 in the city of San Diego to State Route 78 in Escondido. The ICM system went live in 2013.
The final implementation plans include Caltrans changeable message signs along the 20-mile section of I-15. In addition, there will be detour signs and the free 511 San Diego mobile application to communicate congestion events, traffic conditions, and alternate roadway routes.
The Caltrans changeable message signs direct drivers off the freeway during major incidents, and the 49 new detour signs, placed on arterial streets in Escondido, Poway, and San Diego, direct drivers to appropriate detours.
The 511 San Diego mobile software application provides predicted travel times, maps, incident and construction notifications, NCTD bus routes, fares, arrival times, real-time MTS information, and dynamic toll rates for I-15 express lanes. To learn more:
- 511 mobile app: visit 511sd.org
- SANDAG ICM project: visit
- Informational videos online: search sandag icm
MedImpact and Watermark
The MedImpact and Watermark commercial/retail projects are the land development sites at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15.
Tony Kempton, city of San Diego community planner, presented a revised zoning overlay for the two projects. The overlay swaps square footage of commercial retail and industrial prime land designations in three small areas to accommodate a modified MedImpact building site plan. The city is not requesting a community review of the revised plans at this time.
The revised zoning overlay drawing is on the MRNPC webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc. New estimates for the start of construction on the MedImpact office building, parking structure, and Watermark project were not provided.
The committee is dark in October. The next regular meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair