Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

New SRPG Member

At our September meeting StoneBridge Estates resident Jan Kane was appointed to a vacancy on the SRPG reserved for that community. We thank Jim Scelfo for his service. Welcome, Jan, and thank you for your interest in our community.

Electrical Transmission Line

On Aug. 30 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision in SDG&E’s Sycamore-Peñasquitos 230 kV Transmiss on Line Project. It would allow SDG&E to construct the project. However, the decision rejected SDG&E’s originally proposed route along i s right-of-way from StoneBridge along Scripps Poway Parkway. Instead, it selected Alternative 5, the underground route from Stonebridge Parkway, west on Miramar Road, and into the Mira Mesa Business Park.

The next step is a formal hearing and vote by the CPUC at one of its next meetings, probably Thursday, Sept. 29 or Oct. 13, in San Francisco. The SRPG had voted to recommend against the Alternative 5 route last November because of inadequacies in the route selection and environmental review. We again voted unanimously to recommend that route selection be revisited. I hope to attend the hearing and testify on the SRPG recommendation.

San Diego Pure Water Program

The city of San Diego Public Utilities Department—which includ s water—reviewed the costs and challenges of importing water, the need o diversify water sources, recycling, desalinization, and use of ground water and recycled water. The Pure Water Program will expand a demonstration project to reclaim water and reprocess it into potable drinking water. A demonstration plant at Eastgate Mall and Interstate 805 currently produces about one million gallons per day.

The proposal is to ultimately expand the project to provide about one-third of San Diego’s requirements. Project phases include: expansion f the existing recycled water plant and a new pure water treatment facility; then a 40-inch pipeline along Miramar Road to Miramar Lake, where the purified water would be mixed in the lake and processed for distribution to customers. A cogeneration plant at the Miramar Landfill will provide power, so the project is energy efficient.

Costs of the new water will be about $1,900 per acre foot, compared to the current $1,200 to $1,400 for imported water, which will go up in the next several years, or compared to the new desalination plant in Carlsbad that costs $2,300 per acre foot. The Public Utilities Department will host an Open House at its pure water demonstration facility on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 am to 3 pm. Visit www.sandiego.gov/water/purewater/purewatersd for details.

Miramar Pipeline Replacement

The city’s Public Works Department described the need to repla e sections of an existing 66-inch pipe in Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa. Construction around Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Lake Drive starts in June 2017 and goes through November 2018.

The Glen at Scripps Ranch

The city has certified the environmental impact report and approved land-use permits for The Glen senior living project located at 10455 Pomerado Road. Purchase of the property is complete and the project is moving ahead on building permits. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

SANDAG Initiative

In August the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) gave a presentation on its November ballot item, Measure A, the San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure. It proposes a half-cent sales tax increase in the county and requires a two-thirds majority to pass.

The measure is described at http://priorities.sandag.org, with an interactive map of projects at http://priorities.sandag.org/vision. According to the map, there are no projects in or near Scripps Ranch.

Next Meeting

Please attend our next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library. Please let us know of your concerns regarding planning and public safety. Contact me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee

At the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee’s September meetin , many informational items were presented.

San Diego’s Pure Water Program: See the Scripps Ranch Planning Gro p article above and visit www.sandiego.gov/water/purewater/purewatersd to learn more about this vital technology.

The Citizen’s Plan on the November ballot. Vis t https://citizensplan.org.

Electrical Transmission Line: The MRNPC voted to recommend that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) disapprove the proposed project Alternative 5 and investigate alternative proposals. The purpose of the Sycamore- Peñasquitos 230 kV Transmission Line Project is to provide a additional path for power to flow, allowing existing transmission lines to stay in their current-carrying ratings. For more information, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/panoramaenv/sycamore_penasquitos/index.html .

50th Anniversary: As of press time, former and current community planning group chairs and members were invited to City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 20, for a City Council Proclamation of the 50th anniversary of the city’s planning groups.

Next Meeting

The next MRNPC meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Meetings are open to the public, and your input is always encouraged.

Join us and share your vested interest in our community. The MRNPC is a San Diego City Council-recognized committee. It is our voice at City Hall for land use and community planning. For questions, email me at [email protected] and visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair