Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

SDUSD Joint-Occupancy Property Development

At our December meeting we had a presentation about the proposed joint-occupancy development plans for the Scripps Mesa Conference Center (SMCC) located at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, the southeast corner of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. Those giving the presentation were: Gene Fuller, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) real estate director; Midori Wong, SDUSD director of special projects; and Janay Kruger, Monarch Group developer representative.

More than 30 Scripps Ranch residents attended the meeting to voice concerns regarding the proposed project. The issues from the December meeting, and from the outpouring of email I have received since, range from:

  • Size of project, too dense, too tall for area, “monstrosity,” and “outrageous in size”
  • Commercial Visitor (CV) zone not equivalent to Commercial Recreation (CR) zone
  • No requested city staff preliminary evaluation with the land development review
  • Additional traffic and congestion
  • Parking impacts for Spring Canyon Park and weekend recreation
  • Impact on Scripps Ranch Farmers Market
  • Impact on Innovations Academy
  • Emergency and fire evacuation issues with more residential units
  • Impact on school enrollment
  • Educational code compliance with the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) component
  • Lack of public transportation or mobility plans
  • Miramar Ranch North (MRN) Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) zone designation change
  • Should not use public school money in private real estate ventures
  • Not consistent with the Corky McMillin Scripps Ranch Villages master plan

The developer, Monarch Group, has provided a traffic report and the school district shared Scripps Ranch school enrollment projections to address concerns. Under the proposed development agreement, the school district receives approximately $3,600,000 initially and $400,000 per year plus a 10% increase every 10 years. This guarantees approximately $36,000,000 to the school district with the potential of an additional $10,000,000 from other revenue.

City staff confirmed that the property was rezoned from Commercial Recreation (CR) to Commercial Visitor (CV) as part of the Land Development Code adoption. The city maintains the CV zone is a compatible zone to what was previously the CR zone. As of press time, city staff had not made a determination as to whether a ministerial permit—non-discretionary—or discretionary permit will be required for this site. The project is now under preliminary evaluation with the Land Development Review staff. The project proposal, as presented, would be 98% residential use, 0.66% commercial use, and 1.3% district/community use.

The proposal still requires final San Diego Unified School District Board of Education approval. An action item is expected to be placed on the school board agenda by the end of January or early February 2016. Scripps Ranch representatives continue to work with the SDUSD and Monarch Group to address and resolve potential development issues. Updated information regarding this project can be found on the MRNPC webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

MedImpact and Watermark

The MedImpact buildings and Watermark commercial and retail project are the land development sites at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway/Mercy Road and Interstate 15. City staff requested review of a revised zoning overlay to rezone .95 acres of the MedImpact property from Industrial Prime (IP-2-1) to Commercial Retail (CR-2-1) and rezone .95 acres of the Watermark property from CR-2-1 to IP-2-1.

This resulted in swapping the zones of .95 acres between the two properties with no net change. MedImpact requested the rezone to move driveway access for the pending Building 2, move Building 2 to the east, and remove an accessory Building 4 from the plans. The revised zoning overlay is posted online for review.

The MRNPC voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Watermark/MedImpact project application #443731 new zoning overlay as presented with the Oct. 1, 2013, agreement letter to remain unchanged.

Whole Foods Market is a confirmed anchor tenant. It will be located at the site of the Christmas tree lot. The developer, Sudberry Properties, is seeking additional tenants. The build date for this project is still to be determined. The Watermark project has posted a simulation video at www.thewatermarksandiego.com.

MRN Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) Budget

Paul Sirois, MAD assistant deputy director, Erika Ferreira, MAD district manager, and Mike Rasmusson, MRN MAD grounds maintenance manager, presented to the committee the draft summary of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for approval. The MAD city staff also attended the December MRN MAD ad hoc subcommittee meeting to discuss and review the proposed budget. It was determined that no increase in the current assessment rate was required for this year.

The MAD continues to benefit from the general benefit offset due to a citywide MAD litigation settlement resulting in the MRN MAD receiving approximately $160,000 this year. The landscaping contract was reduced, water cost projections were revised resulting in a reduction, tree trimming was increased to assist with removal of overgrowth and rain damage, and added to the draft budget was additional white cement fencing repair costs. All of these factors contributed to maintaining the current assessment rates.

Those assessments are $52.92 for Zone 1 business areas and $229.92 for Zone 2 residential areas. That amount is paid annually as part of your San Diego County property tax if you live in MRN MAD areas. The assessment rates have maintained a steady range of $50 to $60 for Zone 1 and range of $230 to $270 for Zone 2 dating back to FY 2008.

A motion to recommend approval of the draft FY 2017 budget version #1/11-17-15 was unanimously approved with change in fencing repair from $2,500 to $5,000.

A copy of the FY 2017 budget is posted on the MRNPC webpage.

Administration News

Farewell to Bob Gilman, who resigned in November after serving two years as a resident member. Thank you, Bob, for your service to our community!

The MRNPC holds annual elections in March for existing members and has openings for new members. If you own property or a business within the MRN boundaries and have attended two committee meetings in the past year, you are eligible for election to the MRNPC. Please contact me at the email address below if you’re interested.

MRNPC Meetings

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. All meetings are open to the public, and we encourage involvement and input from the community. For questions, please email me at [email protected]

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair

Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Your Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Dec. 3. We heard first from residents opposed to the proposed development at Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road, which is described in the MRNPC report above. There will be a presentation on the project at our Thursday, Jan. 7, meeting.

City Council Postpones Decision on The Glen

The San Diego City Planning Commission voted Nov. 17 to recommend approval of The Glen at Scripps Ranch—the proposed senior living community south of Pomerado Road—to the City Council. At our December meeting the SRPG voted to amend our recommendations to:

  • Delete content of the monument signs at Chabad Center Drive
  • Delete street renaming
  • Delete relocating a storm water basin and resloping

The City Council postponed its December hearing on final approval until Tuesday, Jan. 26. Updates will be posted on the SRCA Facebook page—search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.”

Scripps Ranch MAD Budget

The SRPG approved the proposed Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) FY 2017 budget of nearly $1.7 million. It will fund landscape and park maintenance, tree trimming, playground equipment, water purchases for our ponds, and other miscellaneous services and supplies.

The budget includes a one-time allocation of $165,000 of reserves to complete the Evans Pond reclaimed water pipeline installation. There will be no increase in the assessment rate, which is at its maximum of $163 per unit. Any future increase will require a vote of property owners.

Chabad Campus of Life

Grading and construction of the first new dormitory building near Pomerado Road continues through the winter.

Carroll Canyon Project

Colton Sudberry described the proposed apartment buildings and retail shops/restaurants proposed for the northeast corner of Carroll Canyon Road and Interstate 15. The project proposes about 260 apartments and 12,000- to 15,000-square-feet of retail commercial space. New traffic signals and road striping, as proposed last year for the commercial center, would be included. A new draft environmental impact report is being prepared for release in about February 2016. At that point, our subcommittee will prepare comments.

Traffic Issues

The SRPG voted not to oppose a speed limit increase on Carroll Canyon Road between I-15 and Scripps Ranch Boulevard. This will be revisited as the Carroll Canyon project progresses.

The SRPG addressed residents’ opposition to red curb markings at the intersection of Weatherwood Terrace, Accra Lane, and Tondino Road. Nearby residents spoke both against and in favor of the markings. We voted to request the city take no action on traffic requests from residents until our group has made a recommendation and request that the city re-evaluate the need for red curbs at this location.

Also, a resident’s request not to oppose speed limit increases on Stonebridge Parkway was deferred until a speed limit change is proposed by the city.

Proposed Senior Living Project at the SR Business Park

Oakmont Senior Living requested SRPG guidance on its proposal to develop a retirement center at Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Lake Drive. This parcel is currently owned by the LDS church. It is Lot 12 of the Business Park and zoned prime industrial. According to a church spokesperson, the land has been for sale for many years.

The proposed project would be a two-story building with 81 units. Fifty-eight units—26 studio, 25 one-bedroom, seven two-bedroom—would be assisted living, and 23 studio units would be memory-care. The proposal would require rezoning, a Community Plan amendment, and a conditional use permit. Discussion of the proposal centered on the pros and cons of rezoning the current prime industrial land. The SRPG will vote on the proposal when more details are available and the plan amendment is initiated.

Election Subcommittee

The election of SRPG members will be held on Thursday, Mar. 3. A subcommittee was established to identify candidates. This year 10 members will be elected—two seats are reserved for Rancho Encantada/StoneBridge Estates residents. If you are interested in serving and attended at least two meetings in 2015, please contact me at [email protected] for details.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair