Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
Our new council member, Mark Kersey, introduced himself to the MRNPC and to the several dozen community members in attendance. Councilmember Kersey talked about his plans for infrastructure improvements and enhancing public safety.
Hugo Carmona attended on behalf of our new congressman, Scott Peters. He gave a brief introduction and update.
The Watermark Project
There were 50 to 60 Scripps Ranch neighbors in attendance to hear from the developer and express their comments and concerns. Colton Sudberry and his team answered questions and detailed several components of their proposed project, which is located at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. As a reminder, the details of the project were presented in a Special Report in the February SRCA Newsletter.
The main concerns from the community centered on traffic. There were also questions about layout, timing, the movie theater, and what other types of retailers might be part of this project. Please note that the retailers will not be decided until after the project receives approval, if it does.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report had not been released as of the writing of this report. In the next few months, the MRNPC will likely vote to recommend approval or denial of this project to the City Council. The MRNPC casts an advisory vote and the City Council makes the final decision.
The MRNPC usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. All meetings are open to the public. For questions, contact me at [[email protected]].
Dustin Steiner, Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
In February the SRPG welcomed Col. J. P. Farnam, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Col. Farnam, an SDSU grad, returns to San Diego after 24+ years of being stationed on the East Coast. The colonel introduced himself and took a few questions.
The SRPG also welcomed Councilmember Mark Kersey in February. Mark discussed his plans to overhaul the way the city approaches infrastructure and laid out his plan over the next year to begin to catalogue and address the years of backlogged deferred maintenance.
Finally, we welcomed Shea Benton of Congressman Scott Peters’ office. Scott hosted an Open House in February at his new district office. It is located at 4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105 near UTC.
Continuing Life Communities
Representatives from Continuing Life Communities (CLC) appeared in front of the SRPG to update the status of the retirement community planned for the southwest corner of Pomerado Road and Chabad Drive. CLC is in disagreement with city planners over the classification of the use of the land and the structures to be built. CLC maintains they should be classified as an institutional use, which would provide for assisted-care facilities; the city maintains CLC should be classified as residential units.
The issue should be scheduled for a hearing and policy determination in front of the city’s Planning Commission within the next 45-60 days. CLC may need the help of the community to make their case if we want to see this kind of development come to Scripps Ranch.
If the Planning Commission determines the units should be classified as residential, CLC will not proceed with the project. Stay tuned to this section of the Newsletter and to the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org] for more information as it becomes available.
Forestview Lane Road Humps
At the December SRPG meeting the group established an ad-hoc subcommittee to work on establishing traffic mitigation guidelines, which the group can follow when addressing speeding or other traffic-related issues raised by residents. The SRPG adopted those guidelines in February. Also, the SRPG voted to request the city install one road hump on either side of the tot lot on Forestview Lane. With safety of children the overriding factor in the decision, the group felt it was appropriate to institute some active traffic calming measure.
Because of the backlog of road repairs and upgrades at the city, there is no way to know when the road humps will be installed. It could take over a year.
As you may recall, the group also approved the installation of a V-Calm sign at the tot lot to make drivers aware of their speeds. The V-Calm sign is not yet installed, but it should not take more than a couple of months to do so.
After the sign is installed, the SRPG will revisit speeding on the street. If there has been a positive impact, the SRPG can rescind the road humps installation request. This will remain a standing issue on our agenda until a final determination has been established.
The SRPG will hold its annual election of members at our Thursday, Mar. 7, meeting. Half of the seats (10) will be up for election. We also will elect from members the new chair, co-vice chairs, and secretary. We meet at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. For details, email me at [[email protected]].
D. Todd Philips, SRPG Chair