Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

June Meeting

In June the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) welcomed California Assemblyman George Plescia’s field representative, Aaron Pottichen. He committed to attend our monthly meetings. Clint Carney from Councilmember Brian Maienschein’s office reported that the Miramar Dam security study still has not been released, and we will be notified once it is ready for public review.

The SRPG filled its only vacancy with the nomination of Bob Guajardo, who lives in Legacy and works for a major defense industry contractor. Bob is an eight-year resident and has experience in traffic design. The SRPG is delighted to have back the following board members: Bob Petering, Jim Omsberg, Jim Paterniti, John Gardner, John Lyons, Marvin Miles, and Tom Cleary.

Similarly, the SRPG is pleased to have the following people, who joined the board in April: Gary Pryor, Peter Wulff, and Rick Goldman. Gary has tremendous expertise in land use and planning, Peter is a chief financial officer, and Rick is a multi-family residential developer. The following officers were reelected in April: Bob Ilko, chair; Gordon Boerner and Jim Omsberg, co-vice chairs; and, Tom Cleary, secretary.

The SRPG would like to thank Alex Segal, Alan Green, Mark Russell, and Anita Pryor for their time, energy, and valuable perspective while serving as members of the SRPG.

Everything South of Pomerado Road Subcommittee

The new vice president of development for Western Pacific Housing (WPH), Tony Wyman, informed the SRPG that the proposed senior-assisted and age-restricted housing development will continue forward. WPH expects to be able to make a formal presentation to the SRPG’s subcommittee–now known as the "Everything South of Pomerado Road" or ESOP subcommittee–on Monday, July 21.

ESOP will continue to evaluate the Chabad Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application, the Chabad Master Plan, WPH’s residential proposal, Alliant International University (AIU) Master Planning, and the relocation of Marshall Middle School. ESOP is scheduling a standing monthly meeting on the third Monday evening, which AIU has offered to host on campus. For further information, please email Bob Ilko at [[email protected]].

New Middle School

Over the past several months, the SRPG has met with the architects, planners, engineers, city staff, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) staff, AIU, WPH, and Chabad regarding the relocation of Marshall Middle School.

Discussions with the SDUSD have been about carrying forward the Design Task Force objectives and in particular: discussing traffic circulation within the site and to the site, and widening Pomerado Road to accommodate a new left turn into the site; adding drop-off and pick-up queue space within one of the parking lots; access to possible joint-use fields and facilities; building mass and articulation; pedestrian circulation; building materials; color palettes; design-build process; verification that building footages meet or exceed the education specifications; avoiding conflicts with future infrastructure projects; and, American Disability Act issues.

Project Updates

Chair Bob Ilko reported that the StoneBridge Estates project, formerly called Rancho Encantada, is continuing to grade home sites. City staff was asked to follow up with the developer to ensure Pomerado Road bike lanes are kept clean of rock, soil, and debris.

Additional information should be available at the SRPG’s special meeting on Thursday, July 10, about the San Vicente Water Pipeline, the Scripps Ranch Dog Park, and the AT&T Wireless proposal at the corner of Pomerado Road and Avenida Magnifica. Also at the special meeting, a subcommittee should provide a report on the Chabad CUP.

The San Diego Metro Wastewater Department, having completed 50% design for the USIU-Miramar Trunk Replacement project, discussed its project. The city will replace the existing sewer line starting from just north of the Interstate 15 overcrossing of Miramar Road towards Pomerado Road, then east along the south side then the north side, finishing at Avenida Magnifica. The work along Pomerado Road will mean that there will not be bike lanes while the project is under construction.

A portion of the work will be done at night for a week, when the construction nears the pump station west of Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Pomerado Road will remain fully operational while the project is under construction. The SRPG specifically requested copies of the design documents that include detailed traffic planning and a breakdown of how the work will be done in phases. A follow-up presentation will be made either in July or August, at which time more information will be given to residents.

The Buie Communities through its consultant, Project Design Consultants, gave a presentation on a proposed subdivision. The industrial property is located on the southeast corner of Business Park Avenue and Willow Creek Road. The request for a subdivision is to allow the possible sale of the two existing industrial buildings to different buyers rather than one buyer. The SRPG asked for confirmation by the city regarding parking requirements, landscape requirements, and a variance for a change in the setback requirements.

SRPG’s Next Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 3, has been changed to Thursday, July 10, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Everyone is welcome.

Bob Ilko, Chair

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