Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

New SRPG Bylaws

The Rancho Encantada/StoneBridge Estates planning area and the Scripps Ranch planning area are now officially included in the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG). The City Council unanimously approved new bylaws on Feb. 22, and they were signed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Feb. 29.

Election of Members

The SPRG elects 10 of its 20 members each year for two-year terms. This year Julie Ellis and Tamar Silverstein have reached their eight-year term limits, and Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay and Stan Williams are leaving the group. We thank them all for their service to our community.

New members elected this year are: Jim Scelfo, John Lyons, Gordon Boerner, and Ron Kelley. Gwen Bandt, Gary Harrison, Scott Hilberg, Emma Lefkowitz, Sandy Wetzel-Smith, and Wally Wulfeck were re-elected.

City Council Vote on The Glen

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve The Glen at Scripps Ranch, a proposed senior living community, on Feb. 23. Unless there is a legal challenge—opponents may file within 30 days—grading and building permits will be issued in the next few months.

Proposed Senior Living Project at the SR Business Park

Oakmont has withdrawn its senior living proposal after the City Planning Department declined to initiate a community plan amendment to change zoning so that a residential care facility could be permitted. The city noted that the proposal contradicts the general plan objective to preserve prime industrial property. In addition, it contradicts our community plan to encourage development of the industrial park and protect it from encroachment by incompatible land uses.

Public Facilities

The SPRG voted to approve an update to our Public Facilities Financing Plan (PFFP). Our community currently has about $11 million in various city funds for public projects. We voted to add funds to the library parking lot expansion and adjust funding for the Ahrens Field development, Scripps Ranch High School joint-use, and Treena Mesa joint-use.

New projects added include:

  • Aviary Park/Hendrix Pond development
  • Scripps Ranch neighborhood parks improvements
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility compliance

The PFFP goes to the City Council Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, May 25, and the full City Council on Tuesday, June 28, for approval for the fiscal year beginning in July.

Traffic Issues

The city’s Transportation Engineering Operations Division proposed a speed limit increase on Stonebridge Parkway from 35 to 45 mph between Pomerado Road and Stockwood Cove. The SRPG voted unanimously to recommend that the posted speed limit remain at 35 mph.

SDG&E Electrical Transmission Line

The California Public Utilities Commission released the final environmental impact report for the Sycamore-Penasquitos Transmission Line. It still states that Alternative 5–Underground Pomerado Road is the “environmentally preferred alternative.” Links to documents are on www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Next Meeting

The next SRPG meeting is on Thursday, Apr. 7, at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library. Meetings are open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend. For questions, email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Speed Limit Increase on Scripps Poway Parkway

The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) received notice from the city for a speed limit increase on Scripps Poway Parkway between Spring Canyon Road and the Poway/San Diego city limit from 45 miles per hour to 50 for eastbound and westbound traffic.

The committee unanimously voted (9-0-0) to recommend no speed limit increase.

The concerns that contributed to this recommendation include:

  • Two 25 mph school zones between Spring Canyon and Cypress Canyon roads
  • Dingeman Elementary’s drop-off/pick-up area at Spring Canyon Park
  • Lack of future police enforcement

Left Turn Signal Request

Residents requested safety evaluation at the intersection of Angelique Street/Springbrook Drive and Scripps Poway Parkway (SPP) due to difficulty making east- and westbound left turns onto SPP.

A request to evaluate the intersection was submitted to city traffic engineering in February. The city traffic engineer reviewed the accident history, traffic volumes, and left turn delay study for the intersection and determined that the north/south directions did not qualify for a left turn signal at this time. The committee will continue discussion on this issue at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 3.

SDG&E Electrical Transmission Line

The MRNPC received a Notice of Availability (NOA) of the final environmental impact report (EIR) for the Sycamore-Penasquitos 230-kilovolt transmission line project. The NOA and a link to the EIR website are on the MRNPC webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Appointment to Membership

The committee had four seats open—for four-year terms—at the March election. Two were unfilled on the election ballot, so the MRNPC appointed one member.

The committee voted (8-1-0) to recommend the appointment of Luis Fregoso to membership for a one-year term until the next election in March 2017.

Luis is the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s (SRCA) vice president of digital communications, Dingeman Elementary’s Family Faculty Connection president, and the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee co-chair. The MRNPC is pleased to welcome Luis to the committee.

March Election News

At the March elections two members were elected. Emily Dresslar was elected as a resident member. Welcome, Emily! I also was re-elected as a resident member. Currently, the MRNPC has 13 seated members and one open seat.

Administration News

Officer elections will be held in May. Farewell to Pat Wright who resigned from the MRNPC after serving 15 years as a resident member. Thank you, Pat!

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC will not meet in April. The next regular meeting is on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All meetings are open to the public, and we encourage input from the community. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Lorayne Burley, MRNPC Chair