Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) met on Tuesday, May 1 for its regular monthly meeting. Our meetings are regularly held the first Tuesday of each month and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Public Comment – Speeding on Wills Creek

Michael Kielty, a resident of Kensington, attended our meeting to request our assistance with speeding on Wills Creek Road. He explained that there had been several incidents of children nearly getting hit by speeding cars. He and his neighbors had asked the City for speed bumps on their street, but had been turned down. Mr. Kielty asked MRNPC to send a letter to the City requesting speed bumps on Wills Creek Road. After a brief discussion, we took an action to request the City Traffic Engineering Department study alternative measures to calm the traffic on this street, including the evaluation of the suitability of speed bumps. This letter was sent on May 7.

New MRNPC Web Site

Thanks to Dave England, MRNPC now has its own Web site up and running. Please visit http://home.san.rr.com/mrnpc/ to view meeting agendas, minutes, and detailed information about current projects in our area.

Vacancies

I regretfully announce that Luis Biaggi, Vice-Chair of MRNPC and Chair of the Traffic Subcommittee, and Pat Bonaguidi, former Chair of MRNPC, have resigned due to other time commitments. In addition, Tom Valente announced his resignation shortly after the May meeting. Many thanks to these three former members for their years of service to the community! Unfortunately, this leaves us with 3 vacancies. Members must be at least 18 years of age and either reside in or own property or a business in the Miramar Ranch North planning area, which includes most of the Scripps Ranch neighborhoods north of Miramar Lake. If you are interested in getting more involved with your community and helping to shape future development, please attend the next MRNPC meeting. For more information, please contact Peggy Shirey at 530-3833.

Miramar Overlook Park Update

Laura Wilson of the Corky McMillin Companies provided a status update on the Miramar Overlook Park. This park will be located along the south side of Scripps Ranch Boulevard overlooking the lake, between the Waterford and Miro/Ravel neighborhoods. McMillin is just starting the plans check process and expects to begin construction in February-March 2002. At this time, they’re predicting an opening of September 2002. The detailed plan for the park is available on the MRNPC Web site.

San Vicente Pipeline Update

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) returned to update us on its San Vicente Pipeline project. The project has already been approved for trench construction, but SDCWA has been evaluating the feasibility of constructing a 12-mile-long underground pipeline tunnel from the San Vicente Reservoir in Leakiest to its Second Aqueduct just west of the I-15 and Mercy Road interchange. SDCWA recommended to its Board on April 26 the tunnel alternative over the trench alternative. In addition, they have recommended increasing the pipeline from 81″ to 102″ in diameter. The Board is expected to make its decision on June 28. If approved, additional drilling will be performed later this year to provide more detailed geotechnical data needed to design the tunnel and the pipeline construction is expected to begin in Spring 2004. SDCWA is proposing to locate the tunnel within SDG&E’s easement throughout most of the Scripps Ranch community. The proposed route along with more detailed information is available on the MRNPC Web site.

MedImpact Update

MedImpact proposes to construct a corporate headquarters facility that includes five 5- and 6-story buildings and two ancillary buildings on the 32.8-acre site located at the southeast corner of I-15 and Scripps Poway Parkway. The New Projects Subcommittee reviewed the project prior to the MRNPC meeting. Claudia Unhold, Chair of the New Projects Subcommittee, informed us that they’ve made some headway with regard to colors and materials. MedImpact is now proposing that they will use a matte finish, bronze glass, and gray limestone. In addition, ledger stone will be used on the colonnades and retaining walls. Unfortunately, we are still concerned about the placement of their 6-story building atop the 40-foot elevated pad fronting on Scripps Poway Parkway and MedImpact seems unwilling to change this feature.

Schools Update

Pam Montanile, Chair of MRNPC’s Schools Subcommittee, informed us that at the April 4 Schools meeting, Bruce Husson stated that the School District is planning to include only the USIU-West and Cypress Canyon/Renzulli sites in the EIR for the Middle School sites. She also told us that the Big 5 members discussed asking the School District to first conduct a preliminary hazardous material analysis of the Cypress Canyon/Renzulli site and preliminary traffic analyses at both sites to save time and money since these were the concerns about these sites. Pam motioned that we request this action of the School Board and it passed unanimously. Pam also announced that six signal lights around the schools have had their pedestrian crossing times increased.

Upcoming Events

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 5. In lieu of our regular meeting, this will actually be the City’s Strategic Framework Workshop and will be a joint meeting between MRNPC, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG), and the Mira Mesa Planning Group. Mayor Dick Murphy and Councilmember Brian Maienschein are scheduled to attend. The meeting will begin at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library. This will be a great opportunity for residents to see and hear firsthand the direction in which the City is moving for the next 20 years.

Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, June 19 at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library. At this time, CalTrans is scheduled to present its I-15 operational improvement projects for the Mira Mesa area. In addition, KB Home is planning to present its Highlands II project for review prior to going to the Planning Commission. This project is located north of the lake, overlooking the freeway, and is an extension of the existing homeowners association in place for Highlands Phase I (Traviata). MedImpact has also indicated it plans to present its proposal at that time, too. Please attend this meeting if you’d like more information about any of these projects.