Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
The Watermark shopping center is expected to break ground in late spring 2019. It is located at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. The construction work you see now is for the second MedImpact office building.
According to the developer, Sudberry Properties, these tenants have signed on: Whole Foods; HomeGoods; Sephora; CAVA Grill; Sur La Tables; Pacific Catch; Urban Plates; The Lot theater; and Shake Shack. The project also includes The Key Hotel, a 140-room boutique hotel.
The shopping center is 275,000 square feet with 420,000 square feet of office space. The project is roughly half the size of UTC before its expansion. Sudberry Properties is doing everything possible to get the project started. The owner, Colton Sudberry, told the SRCA exclusively that it is expected to make another round of tenant announcements in January. To find out more about the Watermark project, go to www.thewatermarksandiego.com.
The resurfacing project that includes Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Scripps Poway Parkway officially entered its contract period after Oct. 30. The final deadline is 2019, so our hope is we will see repaving around January or February.
Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office voiced the need to the city’s Transportation and Storm Water Department for manhole correction along Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. The department explained it opened a contract to level them out. No exact date was given other than it will be around December. To follow up on any issues related to our community, call Mark’s office at 619-236-6655.
The proposed public transit for Scripps Ranch was part of the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council meeting in November. If you are interested in this effort, meetings are open to the public. Minutes are at www.sandag.org/sstac.
MAD Assessment Increase
The MRNPC Maintenance Assessment District’s (MAD) proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 was approved at our November meeting after a thorough and lively discussion. There has been no assessment increase for seven years. To keep pace with rising costs, the assessment will increase by 10% for fiscal year 2020.
We have three board member openings. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please come to our next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We meet about eight times a year on the first Tuesday of the month.
Our meetings are always open to the public. Your participation and valuable input is always encouraged. If you have any questions, email me at [email protected] and visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.
Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair
Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
The last meeting of this year is on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room.
Issues for 2018 and 2019
This year we addressed many substantive issues in our community. Probably the most important ones involved the construction on Pomerado Road. By now, hopefully, SDG&E is completing the repaving following installation of a new electrical transmission line. Also, the California Public Utilities Commission denied a proposal for a new gas line project in the future.
The Pure Water pipeline was reviewed, and we continue to work with the Water Department on construction plans for 2019 through 2021. The line will be installed from the Eastgate water treatment facility, under Miramar Road, and up to Miramar Lake. We will try to minimize disruption to Scripps Lake Drive and to the recreation area at the reservoir.
There also have been many proposals for redevelopment of the Alliant International University campus. Several development proposals have been advanced, but, as of press time, there has been no agreement to sell the property. The SRPG will continue to work with various groups to provide plans that benefit the community.
The planning group has worked for years to expand parking at the Scripps Ranch Library. With luck, we should see progress on a new plan in 2019.
Major construction projects are underway at The Glen, Chabad Hebrew Academy campus, and Carroll Canyon Road and Interstate 15. The last remaining residential acreage in Scripps Ranch, the “Renzulli” property at the end of Cypress Canyon Road, is still on the market.
The SRPG and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) continue to work with Alliant, KB Homes, The Glen, the Technology Park, and the Carroll Canyon Center to develop projects that are an asset to our community. We will bring you updates as soon as we have details.
Join the SRPG
The SRPG always needs personal involvement. At our March 2019 meeting the community will elect 10 members to the group for two-year terms. Our bylaws require that candidates must attend at least two SRPG meetings during the previous year. If you are interested in serving on the planning group, please let me know as soon as possible at [email protected] and be sure to attend meetings.
The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The winter meetings are on Thursday, Dec. 6, Jan. 3—which may be cancelled for the holidays—Feb. 7, and March 7, which is when we hold our elections. All meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.
Please check the SRPG website at www.scrippsranch.org/srpg for updates between issues of the SRCA Newsletter.
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair