Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
Continuing Life Communities
As reported in previous SRCA Newsletters, Continuing Life Communities (CLC) had requested community support for its project to be classified as institutional use and not residential use. After votes by both the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and SRPG, Bob Ilko and I attended the Planning Commission meeting on Apr. 11. We provided a statement to the commission in support of the staff’s recommendation to classify continuing care retirement communities as residential care facilities rather than independent dwelling units.
The Planning Commission adopted that recommendation—Resolution 4896-PC. There are still many steps in the approval process, including an Environmental Impact Report and community response. We will announce these as they are scheduled.
The Watermark project is a regional shopping center planned for the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15. It is located in the Miramar Ranch North planning district. However, due to the impact on neighboring residents in the SRPG’s area and traffic that will affect much of Scripps Ranch, we considered whether the SRPG should develop our own position on the development.
The SRCA has already submitted more than 70 comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed development. We determined the SRPG should work with the MRNPC to request additional information from the developer for action at the June or July meetings.
Community Traffic Concerns
A representative of the Chantemar Homeowners Association (HOA) requested the SRPG consider traffic calming measures along Fairbrook Road near the intersection of Rue Fontenay, due to the new homes and road being built. Earlier this year the SRPG developed a standard process for addressing traffic issues. Steps in the process include subcommittee assessment, survey of affected residents, passive measures such as signage and assessment of their effectiveness, and finally physical changes to streets if needed. A traffic survey is already underway, and an ad hoc subcommittee was appointed to assess the situation and recommend appropriate passive traffic calming measures.
The SRPG received a letter from the Traffic Engineering Division regarding a speed survey on Stonebridge Parkway. The survey, conducted in February 2009, showed an average speed of 43 miles per hour, and an 85th percentile speed of 51 mph. Based on the California Vehicle Code, Sections 40802 and 22357/8, the Traffic Engineering Division is recommending an increase in the posted speed limit from 35 to 45 miles per hour. We voted to establish an ad hoc subcommittee and request the city delay action until the subcommittee completes its assessment.
Chabad Hebrew Academy
Chabad is requesting a subdivision of its property south of Pomerado Road for purposes of obtaining financing for its proposed student housing. The number of proposed housing units is reduced from 280 to 228 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. There is no proposed change to the Conditional Use Permit. The SRPG voted to recommend approval.
I attend the Community Planners Committee monthly meetings, where we get information about concerns facing the city. Among the issues are outdoor dining on sidewalks that encroach upon public sidewalks or right of way, marijuana dispensaries, Community Plan updates, and abandoned newspaper racks. This month a new capital improvement recommendation and approval process was approved to start in July for decisions in October.
I join the entire SRPG and our community in thanking Todd Philips for his service as chair of the SRPG for the past five years. He continues his service as co-vice chair. Thanks, Todd.
The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The next meeting is on Thursday, June 6. For details, please email me at [[email protected]].
Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair
Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
Elections and New Member
Russell Shon, Michelle Abella-Shon, and I were re-elected to new four-year terms. We also welcomed a new member, Tom Meissner. We are always looking for new members. If you live in the Miramar Ranch North area of Scripps Ranch and would like to join us, please contact me at [[email protected]].
Colton Sudberry and Janay Kruger were on hand to answer questions about the proposed Watermark project at the southeast corner of Interstate 15 and Scripps Poway Parkway. A few residents were in attendance to voice their opinions.
The MRNPC voted to recommend approval of the Watermark project to the city. After much deliberation, the motion carried by a 6-2 vote. This vote is an advisory recommendation to the Planning Commission and ultimately City Council. The MRNPC also will appoint an ad hoc committee in association with the Scripps Ranch Planning Group and Sudberry Development to discuss the final Environmental Impact Report, which, as of press time, the developer expected to be released by the end of May.
Tiffany Vinson gave an update from Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office. She highlighted his proposal to “formalize a role and process for neighborhood input on infrastructure needs and priorities for consideration in the city’s multi-year infrastructure plan.” In addition, she shared the latest edition of “The Kersey Report.”
Claudia Tedford gave a brief update and introduced the new executive director, Mark Thompson.
The MRNPC voted unanimously to approve replacement antennas and add radio units to an existing Sprint facility on the water tank. These units are necessary to upgrade the facility to 4G technology.
Spring Canyon and Community Parks
Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC) chair Marc Sorensen gave a presentation about the Spring Canyon and Scripps Ranch Community parks in Miramar Ranch North. Every summer the SRRC closes both parks to active recreation. Marc discussed the need for additional funding for upkeep of the parks and urged the MRNPC to look for funding opportunities. He also mentioned possibly converting the active field areas to artificial turf to save on water and wear and tear. If anyone has a funding idea, please contact Marc at [[email protected]].
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, and we encourage involvement and input from the Scripps Ranch community. If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an email at [[email protected]].
Dustin Steiner, MRNPC Chair