Scripps Ranch Planning Group

Continuing Life Communities

Continuing Life Communities (CLC) representatives once again appeared in front of the SRPG to request community support for their project being classified as an institutional use and not as a residential use. As reported in last month’s SRCA Newsletter, if the city determines to classify the project as residential, the Facilities Benefit Fees associated with the project would make the development financially infeasible for CLC to pursue. Therefore, CLC is seeking the city classify the project as an institutional use, which in turn has a lower fee structure and is more in line with the intended use of the entire site, as none of the units will be sold as privately owned units.

After a lengthy discussion about the state definition of Continuing Care Retirement Communities and the city’s lack of any analogous definition, the SRPG agreed to appear in front of the city’s Planning Commission on behalf of CLC. We will reiterate Scrips Ranch’s support of a retirement community to be developed on the southeast corner of Pomerado Road and Chabad Center Driveway, as well as the adoption of the Public Facilities Financing Plan wherein the proposed CLC project is expected to be classified as an institutional use. At press time, the project was expected to be heard by the city Planning Commission on Thursday, Mar. 28.

Road Humps on Forestview Ln.

In February the SRPG approved the installation of one road hump to be installed on either side of the tot lot on Forestview Lane. This action was taken with the assumption that the installation of road humps would be at least a year off, and by then the planning group would have some data as to whether a newly installed V-Calm sign would have the desired effect of slowing traffic along the road.

The city recently informed the SRPG that the installation of the road humps could happen as soon as May, and expressed a concern over having both road humps and a V-Calm sign installed at the same location. After a lengthy discussion of the SRPG’s original intent and to comply with our recently adopted Traffic Mitigation Guidelines, the group decided to inform city staff that the community would like to delay the installation of the road humps to at least fiscal year 2015. Additionally, the SRPG asked that the V-Calm sign be installed as soon as possible to allow time to assess whether it will have the desired effect.

Elections/Leadership Change

In March the SRPG held its annual elections. Re-elected members include: Gordon Boerner, Dan Buell, John Lowe, John Lyons III, Marvin Miles, Todd Philips, Karen Ringel, Marc Sorensen, and Paul Vaughan. The SRPG also welcomed back Bob Ilko to its membership and appointed Stan Williams to its final vacancy.

The SRPG also held its election of officers. The chair for 2013–2014 is Wally Wulfeck. Co-vice chairs are Todd Philips and Elizabeth Hansen, and Tamar Silverstein was unanimously re-elected as the SRPG secretary.

I want to take a moment to say it has been an absolute honor to serve as the SRPG chair over the last five years, and it has been a humbling experience indeed. With all of the responsibility it carries to ensure Scripps Ranch remains the best community in all of San Diego, there are aspects of the role I will certainly miss.

I know the community is in excellent hands with the appointment of Wally Wulfeck as the new chair. Thank you to all of my colleagues on the SRPG for the faith they had in my leadership, and thank you to all of the wonderful community members with whom I have met and come into contact over the years. I will certainly see you around the Ranch!

SRPG Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The next meeting is on Thursday, Apr. 4. For more information, please email Wally Wulfeck at [[email protected]].

D. Todd Philips, SRPG Co-Vice Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

City Council

At our March meeting Tiffany Vinson reported that the traffic light at the intersection of Hibert Street and Mira Mesa Boulevard was approved.

The Watermark Project

Colton Sudberry and his team answered more questions about their proposed project. They have also set up a website at [www.scrippswatermark.com]. Community concerns continue to center around traffic on Scripps Poway Parkway and Scripps Highland Drive. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is public and on the city website at [www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/officialdocs/index.shtml]. Enter “Watermark” in the search field to see the DEIR and other documents on this project. Comments on the DEIR are due by Sunday, Apr. 14, and should be sent to [[email protected]] and copied to [[email protected]].

The MRNPC will vote on comments to the DEIR at its April meeting. A vote on whether to recommend approval or denial to the City Council will likely occur in the next few months. As a reminder, the MRNPC casts an advisory vote and the City Council makes the final decision.

Elections

We will hold elections in April. If you are interested in joining and have attended at least two meetings in the last year, please contact me at the email below.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Apr. 2. All meetings are open to the public. If you have questions, email me at [[email protected]].

Dustin Steiner, MRNPC Chair