Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) meets the first Thursday of each month. At the September meeting the board voted to recommend to the City of San Diego to approve the Chabad Daycare and Preschool Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The permit would allow up to 250 preschool students, and that amount is part of the 800 maximum number of students for the entire Chabad campus.

The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 6 am to 8 pm. Chabad voluntarily agreed not to erect any signs along Pomerado Road until it submits and obtains approval for a "master" CUP. The preschool and daycare CUP will expire in five years unless Chabad obtains its "master" CUP.

At the October meeting the San Diego County Water Authority’s (SDCWA) San Vicente Pipeline project will be analyzed. The proposed pipeline proposes shaft sites in and around StoneBridge Estates. The pipeline will be tunneled through Scripps Ranch and Miramar Ranch North. The Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) can be found online at [www.sdcwa.org]. Comments to the SEIR are due by Monday, Oct. 6. Submit comments to: John McCullough, Water Resources, SDCWA, 4677 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123-1233.

Upon completion of the 45-day review period, written responses to all comments on environmental issues discussed in the Draft SEIR will be prepared and incorporated into the Final SEIR. They will be considered by the Water Authority, as well as any other public decision makers.

To keep the community updated, the Western Pacific Housing age-restricted residential development project has not been submitted to the City of San Diego yet. The proposed housing may likely include up to 837 apartments and condominiums, a private senior recreation center, small retail center, senior-assisted living, and a public road. That will connect Pomerado Road with the southeast corner of the new middle school site.

The SRPG has worked with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) in meetings with the City of San Diego about eliminating a proposed new intersection on Pomerado Road between Willow Creek Road and Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Although the new intersection would operate at a higher level of service, it would not improve the level of service for any other intersection.

Furthermore, adding a new intersection would have increased the delay time for each of the existing intersections. The SDUSD stands to save an estimated $2 million dollars by not having to design and construct a new intersection.

Such a new intersection would have likely delayed the construction of the middle school until after the planned September 2006 opening. The SRPG continues to review and promote traffic improvements for the new middle school, such as lengthening the turn lane queues to enhance traffic movement efficiencies.

Bob Ilko, Chair

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