Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on Feb. 1.

Proposed Technology Incubator at Alliant Site

Derek Hadge from Diversified Resources SA, a boutique investment firm with offices in Geneva, provided information concerning its proposal for a Technology Incubator at the Alliant International University site. It would consist of classrooms, industrial laboratory space, and dormitories. Start-up and high-tech companies will offer internships and employment for up to 1,500 students, post-grads, and post-doctorates.

The plan is to work with accelerator and incubator firms to help start-ups set up and grow their companies. The proposed campus would work within existing property entitlements. This project is still very early in its planning. There is not yet a sale or transfer of the Alliant property.

Transmission Line Update

Work on the transmission line should be largely complete east of Interstate 15. Repaving is scheduled for March, perhaps at night. Repaving near Marshall Middle School may be scheduled for the week of Mar. 26 to take advantage of spring break.

Caltrans issued an encroachment permit to proceed with the installation of the 230 kV transmission line underneath I-15. This alternative was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in Nov. 2017. It will avoid the need for two towers on either side of the freeway. This also means that the one remaining cable vault on Pomerado Road just east of I-15 may start construction.

A citizen’s group is working with SDG&E on alternatives to the transition mega-pole in StoneBridge Estates.

SDG&E Gas Pipeline

The draft environmental impact report for the proposed gas pipeline on Pomerado Road in now expected in August.

Next Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our next meeting is on Thursday, Apr. 5. Please see www.scrippsranch.org/SRPG for notices and agendas.

Elections for SRPG membership were held at our March meeting. Officer elections will be in April. If vacancies arise, they are filled by appointment for candidates who attend at least two meetings. For questions, please email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Apartment Complex Project

There is a critical update on the San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD) proposal for the current Innovations Academy Charter School site—corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. If you have concerns about the proposed development of a four-story, multifamily residential community, you have a chance to voice your opinion. More information and a link to the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) is at www.scrippsranch.org/SDUSDproject.

The MRNPC held an ad hoc subcommittee meeting in February to review and discuss the DEIR. We submitted public comments and opposition to the project. The due date for those comments is Tuesday, Mar. 6.

The DEIR did not address nor respond to the numerous issues brought up or submitted to the district related to significant impacts to traffic, visuals, public facilities, and other issues associated with the California Environmental Quality Act. For more information on this and how you can share your views, please see the Voice of San Diego article on page 14 in this Newsletter.

Clean Energy

In February the MRNPC voted to support Community Choice Energy (CCE) with the Climate Action Campaign (CAC). The CAC is a nonprofit organization ensuring policymakers have the tools and expertise to meet the city of San Diego’s commitment to reach 100% clean energy by 2035. The CAC has identified CCE as the main mechanism to achieve that goal.

CCE is a public-private partnership between the city and utility—SDG&E—to allow the city to purchase electricity for residents and businesses and set the rates for power. The utility would continue to deliver the power using its infrastructure. This program brings local control, freedom of choice, and competition to the electricity marketplace.

CCE has been widely adopted by cities and counties throughout California. It is a consumer choice, as customers may opt out and return to the utility at any time. The city recently released an independently verified technical study demonstrating that CCE is feasible for San Diego. The MRNPC sent a written letter to the City Council recommedning approval of the initiative.

Watermark Project

The proposed Watermark project— Scripps Poway Parkway near I-15—substantial conformance approval continues, with the final design and contract negotiations with potential commercial tenants.

Public Transportation

If you or someone you know has special needs—such as the elderly or disabled—and requires access to public transportation, please let me know. A MRNPC board member has raised the issue with agencies for access to bus service for people with disabilities in our community. No service currently exists.

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC meets on the first Tuesday of the month—approximately eight times a year—at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 1. Our meetings are always open to the public. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please come to our next meeting.

For more details, email me at [email protected] and visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair