Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
The Glen at Scripps Ranch
At our November meeting the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) voted 14 to 0—six absent, abstaining, or recusing—to approve The Glen project. We have held many public hearings on the proposed senior living community south of Pomerado Road. The SRPG has worked with residents, the developer, and city staff over the past five years. The group listened to opponents and incorporated concerns in the nine conditions it recommended to the Planning Commission and City Council:
- Alliant International University’s maximum student allocation be reduced so that it more or less balances the increase in traffic due to The Glen.
- The two monument signs on the southeast and southwest corners of the Chabad driveway should have the same style. The southeast sign would indicate both The Glen and Chabad complex, while the southwest sign just The Glen.
- The street name of Chabad Center Driveway should be changed to Campus Center Drive.
- The applicant should construct a sidewalk on the east side of the Chabad driveway.
- The Chabad driveway should be widened so vehicles turning right on Pomerado Road do not trip the left-lane sensor and activate the signal to stop traffic on Pomerado.
- The applicant agrees to save or plant approximately 20 trees along Carroll Canyon Creek, relocate a drainage basin, and reslope.
- The applicant agrees to maintain fire safety in the open space along Pomerado Road and Chabad Center Driveway.
- The applicant agrees to work with the community for a pedestrian “Campus Trail” link from the Chabad driveway through to Marshall Middle School.
- As stated in the final environmental impact report Section 4.2, the project will provide shuttles for routine resident trips to reduce peak hour traffic, and will schedule employee work shifts outside peak hours and work around Marshall Middle School bell times.
These recommendations go into the city staff report and, as of press time, were set to be presented to the Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 19, and the City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The developer has agreed to the recommendations.
Chabad Campus of Life
Grading has begun for the first new dormitory building near Pomerado Road.
Speed Limit Increase on Avenida Magnifica
The SRPG voted unanimously to request the city keep the posted speed limit at 25 mph on Avenida Magnifica between Pomerado Road and Scripps Trail. A recent survey on Avenida Magnifica showed that 85% of drivers exceeded the limit. So under the California Speed Trap Law, the city is required to raise the enforceable speed limit to 30 mph.
The SRPG can recommend the posted speed limit not be changed, but the lower limit cannot be enforced using radar or other measurement devices. If you are opposed to automatic speed increases, please call Assemblymember Brian Maienschein at 675-0077 and State Senator Joel Anderson at 619-596-3136 and ask them to amend the California Vehicle Code Section 40802 to stop automatic speed increases on residential collector streets.
Note that the portion of Avenida Magnifica from Scripps Trail to Semillon Boulevard is still officially 25 mph but may be subject to a speed survey at a later date.
Other Traffic Issues
At our Thursday, Dec. 3, meeting we will consider these speed or traffic issues:
- Speed limit increase on Carroll Canyon Road between Interstate 15 and Scripps Ranch Boulevard
- A citizen request not to oppose speed limit increases on Stonebridge Parkway
- Residents’ opposition to red curb markings near Weatherwood Terrace and Accra Lane
SDG&E Gas Pipeline and Electrical Line
SDG&E representatives described proposals at our November meeting. There are now two different projects to install transmission lines under Pomerado Road. A new 47-mile main 36-inch pipeline for natural gas from Riverside County down to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar is proposed beginning in about 2020. For more information, visit www.sdge.com/key-initiatives/pipeline-project.
As for the electrical line, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) that included a new alternative route for the Sycamore-Penasquitos 230 kV electrical transmission line from Stonebridge Parkway under Pomerado Road into Mira Mesa. See www.cpuc.ca.gov/Environment/info/panoramaenv/Sycamore_Penasquitos/index.html for more. The CPUC concluded this is the “environmentally preferred alternative.” Construction would begin in June 2016.
The SRPG worked with the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group to prepare comments for the CPUC concerning inadequacies in the DEIR. These included inadequate public notice, biologic impacts, severe traffic disruption, possible interference with air transportation, impacts on businesses, errors and omissions regarding future impacts, and incomplete engineering analyses. Our comments are available at www.scrippsranch.org/srpg.
Meetings and Elections
The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The election of SRPG members will be held at our March meeting on Thursday, Mar. 3. To be a candidate for membership or to vote in the election, you must live or work in Scripps Ranch or StoneBridge Estates and attend at least two meetings in 2015. This year two seats on the SRPG are reserved for residents of StoneBridge Estates. Our last meeting of the year is on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. For questions, please email me at [email protected]
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair
Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
SDG&E Sycamore-Penasquitos Transmission Line Project
SDG&E is requesting comments regarding its upgrade to the existing high-voltage electric transmission line. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), prepared by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was released in September, and the start of construction is expected by June 2016. The proposed alignment, or route, is to run it overhead from the Sycamore Canyon substation in StoneBridge to Carmel Valley Road via Scripps Poway Parkway on existing towers. The proposed route consists of:
- 8.31-mile-long 230 kV overhead transmission line along existing alignment locations
- Installation of 36 double-circuit 230 kV and two 138 kV tubular steel poles
- Relocation of two existing 138 kV transmission lines to the new tubular steel poles
- Removal of 42 wood H-frame structures, two tubular steel poles, one double-circuit cable pole, and two single-circuit wood mono poles
In the DEIR the CPUC requested a consideration of several alternative routes along with the proposed route. One of the alternative routes is an undergrounding of the line via Pomerado Road to Miramar Road. If the proposed route is not selected, the CPUC may decide to route the line with one of several alternatives. More information is on the MRNPC webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.
SDG&E Gas Pipeline Project
The current proposed routes have the natural gas pipeline placed along Pomerado Road in the SR Planning Group area. The CPUC determines final design, construction, and route location. SDG&E has requested CPUC approval. There are indirect impacts for the MRN planning area.
The MRNPC is preparing for the fiscal year 2017 Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) budget approval. Review will continue at the MRN MAD ad hoc subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6 pm at the SRCA Community Center. Interested MRN residents are encouraged to attend. The city has proposed changes to the municipal code and City Council policy pertaining to MADs. Planning groups are being asked for input. The original and draft documents are on our webpage under MRN MAD.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. We will hear an update on the Watermark/MedImpact project and the school district development at the Innovations Academy site. Page 31 has that report. You can reach me at [email protected]
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair