Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
The MRNPC usually is dark in January but held a meeting on Jan. 5 to address the community concerns regarding the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) joint occupancy proposal at the Innovations Academy site—the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.
SDUSD Proposal at Scripps Mesa Conference Center
Midori Wong, SDUSD director of special projects, and Janay Kruger, developer representative for the Monarch Group, made a presentation about the joint occupancy proposal. Answers to questions received at the December Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) meeting were provided and are posted online.
It was shared that the city’s development services director, Bob Vacchi, has determined the planned commercial development permit for the site was never utilized, and the project can proceed with a ministerial permit. No discretionary permit will be required provided the project complies with development regulations.
Questions continue to be asked by residents regarding the proposal. The Scripps Ranch opposition group presented many concerns including: school safe zone issues; questions about the monetary gain for SDUSD; conflicts with the Miramar Ranch North Community Plan; issues with Innovations Academy relocation; and lack of achieving the Vision 2020 goals. A letter read by Joan Gass, a retired SDUSD teacher, expressed her concerns with the joint occupancy proposal and is posted online at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.
The MRNPC heard a motion to provide a recommendation to the school board.
The committee unanimously voted (10-0-0) to oppose the joint occupancy proposal between the SDUSD and the Monarch Development Group.
The committee voted against an amendment to the above motion for a 60-day postponement of the SDUSD board voting on the proposal (3-7-0).
The proposal still requires final SDUSD Board of Education approval. As of press time, the approval action item was expected to be on the Tuesday, Jan. 26, school board agenda.
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 Miramar Ranch North boundaries and have attended two committee meetings in the past year, you are eligible for election. Please contact me at the email address below if interested.
The next regular meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. All meetings are open to the public. We encourage involvement and input from the community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at [email protected] Also, visit our webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.
Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
Your Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Jan. 7. Councilmember Mark Kersey (below) informed us about projects in progress, revenue bonds, project expenses, proposals for rebuilding San Diego through a portion of sales tax, pension payment savings, and debt service savings to create a dedicated source of revenue for neighborhood infrastructure investments, which is a core function of government. This proposal is going to the full City Council later this month and, hopefully, will be on the June ballot. It is not a tax increase.
Councilmember Kersey stayed throughout the entire meeting to listen to our concerns about the following agenda items and answer questions raised by all. Thank you, Mark, for your involvement with our community and local issues.
Vote on The Glen
As of press time, the City Council was scheduled to hear this item at their Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting. Please see www.scrippsranch.org for results. The Glen at Scripps Ranch is the proposed senior living community south of Pomerado Road.
SDUSD Proposal at Scripps Mesa Conference Center
The SRPG heard from Midori Wong, SDUSD director of special projects, and Janay Kruger representing the Monarch Group. There was extensive public comment on the proposal. More information is in the MRNPC report above. Our group voted to recommend a 60-day postponement of the school board vote on the proposal so that the community can be more involved, and if not postponed, to recommend denial of the project.
[Editor note: The vote was not postponed.]
The City Transportation Department proposed a speed limit increase on Timberlake Drive from 25 to 30 mph. The SRPG voted unanimously to recommend that the posted speed limit not be increased.
We voted to request increased police enforcement at the three-way stop intersection at Summerwood Court. The SRPG also referred residents’ requests to address speeding on Tribuna Avenue to our ad hoc Traffic Subcommittee.
Proposed Senior Living Project at SR Business Park
Oakmont Senior Living is requesting initiation of a community plan amendment for its proposal to develop a retirement center at Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Lake Drive. This parcel is zoned IP-2-1 prime industrial, permitting hospital and other health care facilities.
Oakmont is requesting a change to IP-3-1, which would permit assisted living. However, IP-3-1 also would permit multi-family residential use, and the SRPG is concerned about encroachment into the prime industrial zone. We will vote on the plan amendment initiation at our February meeting. This would only start the process of project environmental analysis. Our vote to recommend approval or denial of the project would occur when all the analytic information and environmental reviews are completed.
The election of SRPG members will be on Thursday, Mar. 3. Our Election Subcommittee presents candidates at our Thursday, Feb. 4, meeting. This year 10 members will be elected, and two seats are reserved for residents of Rancho Encantada/StoneBridge Estates.
If you are interested in serving on the SRPG and attended at least two meetings in 2015, this is your last chance to be considered as a candidate. Please contact me at [email protected] for details.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair