Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
If you’re wondering about the ongoing trenching on the eastbound, south side of Scripps Poway Parkway, between Angelique Street and Pomerado Road, a fiber optic company installed equipment, then patched the lanes. Soon the company will fully repave the lanes. There’s no exact date yet for the repaving, but according to Alex Vivona, Councilmember Mark Kersey’s Scripps Ranch representative, it will be completed within a few months.
SDG&E Transmission Line
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for the proposed Sycamore-Peñasquitos 230-kV Transmission Line Project has been completed. SDG&E is no longer seeking inputs to the CEQA environmental review.
SDG&E filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct the proposed project with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in April 2014. SDG&E’s project includes: construction of a new 16.7-mile long 230-kV transmission line with approximately 13.7 miles of new overhead transmission lines in SDG&E right-of-way; and approximately three miles of underground transmission lines in Carmel Valley Road.
In August 2014 the CPUC conducted scoping for the proposed project and began preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR). Notices were sent to several stakeholders including the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC). During preparation of the EIR the CPUC formulated and screened 44 separate alternatives and identified five alternatives that met CEQA criteria.
The draft EIR was released for public review and comment in September 2015. Following receipt of comments, the final EIR was completed in March of this year. The draft and final EIR, including information on the proposed project and alternatives to the project, are available at the CPUC website at www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/panoramaenv/sycamore_penasquitos/index.html.
The administrative proceeding for the proposed project is now underway. Final reply briefs from all parties were due at the end of June. Associated documents can be found at https://apps.cpuc.ca.gov/apex/f?p=401:56:0::NO:RP,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:A1404011.
The administrative law judge for this proceeding, Hallie Yacknin, is anticipated to prepare a recommended decision for the commission’s consideration by the end of September. For more information regarding the CPUC proceeding and decision-making process, you can contact the public advisor’s office at 866-849-8390 or [email protected]
Regarding implementation and next steps, the CPUC will likely make a decision whether or not to approve a CPCN for the proposed project or one of the alternatives in the fall of this year. After that SDG&E will finalize its construction documents and completion of any pre-construction mitigation requirements. We do not have a construction schedule at this time, but it appears that work could start by the spring of 2017.
The MRNPC meets eight times during the year on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We do not meet in March, April, August, and October. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 6. All meetings are open to the public, and we encourage involvement and input from the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know at [email protected]
Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair