Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Thursday, Apr. 5.

Pure Water Pipeline

The Pure Water North City Project is a billion-dollar plan to recycle waste water. It involves new pipelines from the Morena district to the recycling facility on Eastgate Mall, and a new 48-inch pipeline from there along Miramar Road.

Then it includes installing the pipeline under Carroll Canyon Road, Scripps Ranch Boulevard, and Hoyt Park Drive to a dechlorination facility on Meanley Drive. The tunnel continues under Lot 3 of the Technology Park and Evans Pond into Miramar Lake.

The Public Utilities Department presented an update at our April meeting. For the past 12 months, both the SRPG and Murphy Development Corporation—the owner of the Technology Park lots that would be affected—have worked with the city to try to identify alternative routes for the pipeline. The alternate routes would have less effect on the Business Park and may help bring more parking to the Scripps Ranch Library.

At this point the Public Utilities Department again has rejected all alternatives other than its initial proposal. The SRPG voted to endorse the Pure Water project but to urge the City Council to continue analysis for three months to identify a better route in Scripps Ranch before approving the environmental impact report (EIR) and permit. Other planning groups in University City, Clairemont, and Morena also opposed the proposed routes in their areas.

On Apr. 10, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve the project, certify the EIR, and approve the development permits. This means more construction will begin next year in Scripps Ranch and along all of Miramar Road between Interstates 15 and 805.

Electrical Line Update

Cable pulling activities are about 80% complete, cable splicing activities are approximately 60% complete, and all vaults have been installed. Excavation of the receiving bore pit on the east side of Interstate 15 continues.

Installation of the retaining wall near the transition pole by Stonebridge Parkway should be complete by the time you read this article. Upon completion of the wall, temporary scaffolding will be installed around the transition pole so final cable installation and associated activities can occur. Repaving of Pomerado Road has been delayed and may start this month.

SDG&E Gas Pipeline

The draft environmental impact report for the proposed gas pipeline on Pomerado Road is expected in August or September.

Traffic Issues

A new stop sign on Forestview Lane at Arbor Park Place will be installed in May or June. The intersection was found to meet Council Policy 200-8 requirements.

SRPG Officer Elections

The current slate of officers was reelected at our April meeting: Wally Wulfeck, chair; Scott Hilberg and Sandy Wetzel-Smith, vice chairs; and Tamar Silverstein, secretary. Thank you all for your volunteer service to our community.

Next Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our next meetings are on May 3 and June 7. All meetings are open to the public. Please visit www.scrippsranch.org/SRPG for notices and agendas. To reach me, please email [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Cell Tower

The construction of Verizon’s cell tower infrastructure has been completed at Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37.

Public Transportation Survey

If you or someone you know has special needs—such as the elderly or disabled—and would like access to public transit, please let me know. Our fellow board member has launched a survey for residents to access transit needs within our community, as no such service currently exists in Scripps Ranch. Please click here to participate: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MT8MZSP.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 1. The MRNPC Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) subcommittee will meet at 6 pm on the same day and location.

Our meetings are open to the public. Your participation and input is encouraged. Join us, become a member, and share your vested interest in our community. The time commitment is minimal. We meet about eight times a year.

For more information, visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc. To contact me, email [email protected]

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair