Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Renzulli Property

As described in the March SRCA Newsletter, the last undeveloped residential property in Scripps Ranch may become available. A developer is proposing new housing on the 40-acre parcel west of Cypress Canyon Park and north of Spring Canyon Road, at 11495 Cypress Canyon Road. The property is a square—a quarter mile on each side.

The developer would complete the section of Cypress Canyon Road between the dead-end streets on the west and east of the parcel. Also, new cul-de-sacs south of Cypress Canyon Park Drive near Mundial Street might be built. The property currently has a large ranch home with a 15-car garage, a metal storage building, and old concrete and asphalt. There are no plans to keep the current structures.

The preliminary concept is for about 75 single-family detached homes on lots ranging from 5,500 to 7,500 square feet. There will be four different floor plans, each with three or four different elevations. Homes would be in the million dollar-plus price range, with their own homeowners association.

The project will require rezoning, a community plan amendment, and development permits, as well as coordination with environmental agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Service. There will be a new environmental impact report. The project will contribute new Facilities Benefit Assessment funds to Scripps Ranch, and the new homes would contribute to the Miramar Ranch North Maintenance Assessment District (MAD).

The developer will work with both the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) and Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) over the next several months to refine project plans. Our planning groups will then make recommendations on the project to the San Diego Planning Commission and City Council, which has ultimate approval authority.

Citywide Planning

Councilmember Scott Sherman of District 7 is chair of the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee. It is proposing to streamline the city’s development process to cope with the so-called “housing crisis.” Proposals are detailed at https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/sglu_2017_work_plan.pdf. They include: relaxing permitting and parking requirements; reducing impact fees developers pay for city services such as parks; allowing accessory dwelling units; expanding developer self-certification to streamline inspections; relaxing environmental impact rules; making it easier for developers to acquire public land; and working toward “transit-oriented development,” without providing any transit.

There is also a proposal to consolidate planning groups and increase their “professionalism” and “efficiency.” Virtually all planning groups in the city oppose this plan because the groups are already careful and efficient and are the only advisory bodies that understand local areas. If groups are consolidated, we would have non-residents making recommendations about more Scripps Ranch development.

I urge readers to become familiar with growth issues and form your own opinion about the extent to which developers should be incentivized for growth. Then please let our council member, Mark Kersey, know your views. You can contact his office at 619-236-6655 or [email protected]

Next Meeting—Officer Elections

Please attend our next meeting on Thursday, Apr. 6, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will elect officers for 2017–2018. We also expect updates on the SDG&E transmission line under Pomerado Road and other projects. You can reach me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee

Apartment Proposal

The draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed Scripps Mesa Joint Occupancy project at 10380 Spring Canyon Road—current Innovations Academy site—is scheduled to be publicly released in May. The public comment review will end in June/July.

The following elements are being assessed for potential significant impacts in the EIR: aesthetics; air quality; biological resources; cultural resources; geology and soils; greenhouse gas emissions; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology and water quality; land use and planning; noise; population and housing; public services; recreation; transportation/traffic; utilities and service systems; cumulative impacts; alternatives; growth-inducing impacts; significant irreversible environmental changes; and significant unavoidable impacts. This will be an opportunity to provide your input regarding this project. For more details, go to www.scrippsranch.org/scrippsmesa.

MRNPC Notes

The MRNPC and Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) formed a joint subcommittee to address the proposed residential project in the Cypress Canyon Road area, the Renzulli property. See the article in the SRPG report above. More details will follow as the subcommittee works with the developer.

The MRNPC subcommittee for the Maintenance Assessment District meets quarterly one hour before the MRNPC meeting in the same location. The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 9, at 6 pm.

Next Meeting

The next MRNPC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 4, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Meetings are open to the public, and your participation and valuable input is always encouraged.

The MRNPC is a San Diego City Council-recognized planning committee. It is the voice at City Hall for land use and community development. To reach me, please email [email protected] For more information, visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc. Best regards,

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair