Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Jan. 4.

New Proposal for Alliant Site

Derek Hadge from Diversified Resources SA, a boutique investment firm with offices in Geneva, introduced a concept for a Technology Incubator at the Alliant International University site. It would consist of classrooms, industrial laboratory space, and dormitories, with startup and high-tech companies offering internships and employment for students, post-grads, and post-doctorates.

The plan is to work with accelerator and incubator firms to help startups set up and grow their companies. The proposed campus would work within existing entitlements for the property. Because this was a non-agenda item, the concept will be explained and discussed further at our next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Community Issues

At our upcoming meetings we will discuss and vote on many important issues affecting our community. These include:

  • Parking plans for Old Grove Road
  • Monitoring the electrical installation on Pomerado Road

Other important topics are the SDG&E proposal for a gas line under Pomerado Road and the pure water pipeline through the business park area up to Miramar Reservoir. We will review environmental documents in the coming months.

SRPG Elections

The community will elect 10 of the 20 planning group members at our March meeting, on Thursday, Mar. 1. Any resident who has attended two meetings may vote in the election. Several members are running for re-election, but we expect at least one vacancy. Candidates must have attended at least two SRPG meetings in the past year.

The SRPG advises the City Council, Planning Commission, and mayor’s office on land use and planning, public safety, historical and environmental resources, traffic, and other issues. If you are interested in joining the group for a two-year term, please contact me at the email below as soon as possible.

SRPG Meetings

Our meetings are on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. The next meetings are: Feb. 1; Mar. 1, membership elections; and Apr. 5, officer elections. Meetings are open to the public.

Please contact me at [email protected] if have any questions or concerns or for more information.

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Next Meeting

The next MRNPC meeting is on Tuesday, Mar. 6, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Please join us.

Project Updates

So far there is no update on the environmental impact report’s (EIR) public comment responses for the San Diego Unified District’s Scripps Mesa Joint Occupancy proposal.

The proposed Watermark project, on the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15, received substantial conformance approval (SCR) from the city’s Development Services Department. The SCR was determined to be consistent with the objectives, standards, guidelines, and conditions of the previously approved permit. The purpose of the letter we received was to summarize the review. The approved modifications include:

  1. Eliminate Building B.
  2. Relocate the hotel from the south end of the project to the north end.
  3. Slightly reduce the floor area ratio of each parcel.
  4. Remove one parking structure level, which reduces the number of spaces from 1,727 to 1,445.
  5. Increase the surface parking spaces from 246 to 532.
  6. Revise the circulation by allowing three entrances to the parking structure instead of two, and open the “main street” to two-way traffic with angled parking.
  7. Adjust and reorient most of the buildings and the lot lines to accommodate the revised circulation.
  8. Increase Building C to approximately 8,300 square feet.
  9. All previously approved deviations to height remain with no changes. The maximum allowable height is 103 feet for Building M.
  10. Revise landscaping to accommodate the revisions stated above and maintain conformity with the previously approved permits.

The requested changes to the previously approved Exhibits “A” for this project have been determined by city staff to be consistent with the general intent, terms, and conditions of the approved permits for this site. If anyone wishes to see the latest proposed project, please contact me at [email protected]

Bus Service

A MRNPC member raised the issue of petitioning the city and Metropolitan Transit Service for bus service access for people with disabilities. No such service exists for the Miramar Ranch North area. If you or someone you know is interested in this effort, please contact me.

Membership and Meetings

If you are interested in joining the MRNPC, please come to our next meeting. The time commitment is minimal. We meet about eight times per year on the first Tuesday of the month. Our meetings are open to the public, and your participation and input is encouraged. Become a member and share your vested interest in our community.

The MRNPC is a San Diego City Council-recognized planning committee. It is your voice at City Hall for land use and community improvements and development. For questions, email me at [email protected] and visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair