The Miramar Ranch North (MRN) planning area was developed as a master planned community. The developers that built this community had development agreements with the city wherein the developers paid specific funds up front to fund the construction or improvement of the various community facilities, such as the fire station, community recreation center, and the library.
Because of this method of funding, however, the planning area never had any money that could be used to make changes or improvements to the community after it was built. We just learned that there were some monies left over after the various projects were completed. These funds have been sitting in interest-bearing accounts and are now worth approximately $800,000.
Since this money is not programmed for any projects at this time, MRN recently almost lost the money when the city manager was looking for funds to offset the budget deficit. Fortunately, Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee’s (MRNPC) vice chair, Bill Bernard, attended the City Council meeting to plead that these funds remain available for MRN’s use. The MRNPC voted unanimously to have the MRNPC Facilities and Finance/Bylaws Subcommittee undertake the task of working with the city to recommend a program for the expenditure of these funds to prevent this from happening in the future.
The homeowners who reside in Fieldstone Summit are upset about the state of the landscaping surrounding their development along Scripps Poway Parkway. A majority of the residents signed a petition to improve the landscaping in that area. These residents are contributing to the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) and want to know why their area is not getting any services. We will invite the City of San Diego’s Grounds Maintenance Manager for MRN to our April meeting to try and resolve this issue.
The Scripps Ranch Villages Homeowners Association has been maintaining the banners that hang from some of the light poles along the streets in MRN. However, it has recently decided not to maintain them any longer because there is not a valid permit for them.
Nokia and the San Diego Center for Children have requested that they be permitted to put up banners along Scripps Poway Parkway to tie in with Child Abuse Awareness month in April. The MRNPC supported this action without opposition.
The annual election of new members is held every March. We are pleased to welcome our newest member, Joetta Mihalovich, who lives in Presidio. Don Denis, a resident of Autumn Ridge, was also re-elected. Both members were unanimously elected to four-year terms. Many thanks to these residents for volunteering to serve the community!
At the same time, Adam Grofcsik resigned due to the impending arrival of his second child. Thus, we still have three vacancies and will hold elections each month starting in May. Membership is open to residents, property owners, and businesspeople of the Miramar Ranch North planning area, which includes most of the Scripps Ranch neighborhoods north of Miramar Lake.
You must be at least 18 years old and have attended at least one MRNPC meeting in the last 12 months. If you would like to help shape future development, please attend the next meeting. For questions, contact Bill Bernard at 549-0979.
In an effort to avoid delays for much needed improvements to Interstate 15 in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area, The Corky McMillin Companies and its partner Brookfield Homes are contributing $3 million toward the project’s funding. The $40 million road-widening project includes adding an additional northbound and southbound lane to I-15 from Miramar Way to Scripps Poway Parkway. This is one of the most congested segments of I-15 at peak commute times, according to CalTrans officials.
The development team had previously volunteered to pay the $3 million well before they were required to, based upon homes being constructed and upon issuance of final maps for its StoneBridge Estates community–previously called Rancho Encantada–just east of Scripps Ranch. When it became known that CalTrans was ready to move forward with construction, yet was unable to do so without the $3 million pledged, the companies decided to step in with full payment immediately and prior to the agreed upon development approvals.
"When local money is contributed like this, it makes Sacramento take the community more seriously. Without the money, it would have taken as much as two years to get this project underway," said Lawrence Carr, CalTrans project manager. The project is set to begin construction soon, according to Carr.