Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) held its regular meeting on June 7. Here are the items discussed.

Renzulli Property

The Phair Company is in escrow to purchase and develop the 40-acre parcel between the two existing segments of Cypress Canyon Road, north of Spring Canyon Road. The developer is looking for feedback from the community on what residents would like to see on this site.

The parcel currently is zoned A-1-10 agricultural. SRPG members reviewed the history of the property and the various proposals—there have been four to five—throughout the years. Citizen concerns included: depreciation of surrounding homes; building more of what’s already in Scripps Ranch; and alternate usage other than building homes.

The spine road has been approved by the city’s general plan to complete Cypress Canyon Road since the 1980s. Historic preservation of the Whigham structure, built in the early 1900s, may be an issue.

The Phair Company will develop plans over the next several months and will meet with the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council, Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA), SRPG, Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee, and other community groups. The development process is likely to take quite a while. It will require rezoning the property, an environmental impact report, a community plan amendment, and approval by the community planning groups, the City Planning Commission, and the City Council.

Sisu Academy at Alliant Site

The Sisu Academy is considering purchase of the entire Alliant property for an innovative coed boarding high school. It will have about 350 students—coming from underserved and disengaged youth—living on campus. They hope to expand the theater, keep the Scripps Ranch Theatre lease current and active, keep the gym, and open a small community farm.

Their goal is to start next year with 80 students, who would come from all over the county. Plans include a technology incubator on campus, which would help fund tuition for some students and make the school self-sustaining.

There would be a 13:1 student-teacher ratio and an overnight ratio of 11:1, students to adults. Since the current dormitories are not suitable, new residence halls would need to be built. The property also would be fenced for separation from Marshall Middle School.

The proposal will be developed over the next several months. It will require a conformance review with the current use permit for the site. Traffic impacts would be much less than currently is approved for the property.

Sycamore-Peñasquitos Electrical Transmission Line

The project is nearing completion. Cable pulling and splicing activities should be complete by the time you read this Newsletter. The underground crossing under Interstate 15 is the last segment to be installed.

Repaving efforts began on the west side of the project near Miramar Road in June. Street restoration along Pomerado Road and Stonebridge Parkway should be underway. Restoration includes grinding all trench lines, then paving per city standards. Where required, slurry will be “Type 1” for bike lanes and “Type 1 over 2” on roadways. Repaving and restoration activities east of I-15 are planned to take place during daytime hours.

SDG&E Gas Pipeline

As of press time, the Public Utilities Commission was expected to vote on Thursday, June 21, concerning the administrative law judge’s recommendation to deny the project in total, but that may be delayed. For the latest information, “Like” the Scripps Ranch Civic Association on Facebook.

SRPG Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. Our July 5 meeting will probably be cancelled for the holiday. The next meetings will be on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Sept. 6. Please see for notices and agendas and email me at [email protected] for questions.

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

New MRNPC Member

By unanimous vote we welcomed our newest MRNPC board member, Brenda Ruhl. We look forward to her active participation and input on behalf of our community. Congratulations to Lorayne Burley, voted in again as our vice chair, and Beata Piehl, our secretary and treasurer. It takes a village and we thank you for your continued service to our community.

Bringing Public Transit to SR

The results of the initial public transit community survey were presented by MRNPC board member Beata Piehl, who is taking the lead in securing public transit for the disabled and elderly in Scripps Ranch. At our August meeting the MRNPC plans to vote on submitting a petition letter to the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) advisory group that promotes accessible transportation services in San Diego. The goal is to bring accessible transit to our community. To stay informed, participate, or engage in this effort, please contact us at [email protected]

Apartment Proposal

The final environmental impact report (EIR) was released in June for the San Diego Unified School District’s Scripps Mesa Joint-Use Occupancy project. It’s the four-story apartment complex proposed for the current Innovations Academy site.

You can read the final EIR at Also, for more details and the latest on the project, please check out the article on page 14 by Voice of Scripps Ranch, a coalition of residents for the reasonable use of the district’s Scripps Mesa property.

Renzulli Property

Developer Jeff Phair made a presentation to the MRNPC about plans to pursue public input on the future development of the 40-acre Renzulli property, between the two segments of Cypress Canyon Road. The site’s open space is within the MRNPC area, while the rest of the development area is within the Scripps Ranch Planning Group. More details are in the SRPG report on page 18. Stay tuned for more details as we get them.

Street Conditions

Though it is outside the MRNPC area, I receive many inquiries about the disrepair of Scripps Ranch Boulevard, particularly between Erma Road and Affinity Court. A large portion of residents use this route as a gateway to our community.

Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office confirmed the street repairs and resurfacing are scheduled to begin after June 30 and be completed before April 2019. This includes Scripps Poway Parkway.

MRNPC Meetings

The next MRNPC meeting is on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We meet on the first Tuesday of most months. All meetings are open to the public. Please contact me at [email protected] or visit for more information. I am honored to continue to serve you as your MRNPC chair.

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair