Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)
San Vicente Pipeline Update
The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) is considering using the 4-acre parcel just west of the Scripps Ranch Villages Marketplace to locate a mining shaft from year 2004 through 2007. The shaft is for their San Vicente Pipeline project, and the site is one of three alternatives that they are considering. This site, you may recall, was recently purchased by the city with community funds to be used for community recreation.
At the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee’s (MRNPC) November meeting, the SDCWA outlined the proposal recommending this site. In the proposal, referred to as Alternative B, the SDCWA would pay the city a fee to use the land, which could help partially fund a recreational facility. Also, the number of truck trips per day along local streets could be reduced by spreading some of the fill over the site to level it.
The MRNPC discussed the negatives of this alternative, which include around-the-clock noise and lighting concerns, increased congestion at an already busy location, and the inability to proceed with development of the 4-acre parcel until at least 2007. The MRNPC decided the cons outweighed the pros and voted unanimously to recommend the SDCWA not proceed with Alternative B.
Although the SDCWA assured the MRNPC that they did not want to proceed against the community’s wishes, there is opposition to the other two alternatives as well. Public scoping meetings are expected to be held in January. We will let you know the dates in the SRCA Newsletter and on the SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org] as soon as they are announced.
If you would like to voice your opinion on this important community issue, you are asked to contact John McCullough of the San Diego County Water Authority at 522-6751 or email him at [[email protected]].
4-Acre Parcel Update
Despite the SDCWA proposal, progress continues on the planning of the 4-acre parcel. Earlier this year the MRNPC, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG), the SRCA, and the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC)–with input from the Scripps Ranch community–recommended that the city and the YMCA initiate a detailed evaluation assessing the feasibility of using the site for a Y.
The city of San Diego and the YMCA recently met again to advance this process. The Y will soon conduct a series of three studies:
- Goal feasibility: Is Scripps Ranch an appropriate location for a Y, and does the community want one?
- Program needs: What facilities and programs does the community need and want?
- Marketing assessment: Can the funds be raised to build the project?
Once the terms of an agreement are worked out between the city of San Diego and the YMCA as to the survey schedule and associated monetary considerations, the City Council must approve the expenditure of funds to pay for the studies. The goal for this item to go before the City Council for approval is January 31, with studies to begin shortly thereafter.
Here’s a bit of background. When the Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School was sited on the 7-acre parcel at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon, that parcel’s designation as "commercial recreational" was transferred to the 4-acre Shea parcel.
Subsequent debate between the community, city, and Shea failed to resolve how this parcel would be developed by Shea to meet the community’s needs. To resolve this issue the city of San Diego purchased this site, using nearly $1 million of Scripps Ranch community funds, and has designated it for community- based recreation usage.
Lights on Community Park Ball Fields
Marc Sorensen, chair of the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC), announced that the SRRC and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department are moving forward to complete the Community Park Plan by lighting the last unlit ball field–field #2–in the Community Park.
He explained that the Community Plan had specified that all of the ball fields would be lit, but at the time of the park’s construction there were not sufficient funds to do that. Now, the funds have been approved and the lights will be installed next summer, right after school ends. The MRNPC had no objection.
Rudy Cesena, president of the Botanic Garden of San Diego (BGSD), returned to ask for our support in petitioning the city of San Diego to develop the open space known as Canyon Hills Resource Park into a botanic garden. It is located west of I-15 and south of Mercy Road. While MRNPC members seem to support a botanic garden at that location, we decided we needed more information.
Marc Sorensen, chair of the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC), volunteered to determine the official status of the land from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, the land is located in the Mira Mesa Planning Group area and planning members felt it was inappropriate for the MRNPC to take the lead on this project.
Canyon Hills Resource Park was purchased by the city of San Diego in the late 1980s for $27 million, including $3.6 million of funds from the Miramar Ranch North planning area.
Community Map Update
The MRNPC passed a motion to request that the SRCA correct the community map to reflect that the Fairbrook site is a San Diego Unified School District-owned property and a potential school site. This should be reflected on the SRCA’s website as soon as possible and in future printings of the map.
The MRNPC is pleased to welcome our newest member, Don Denis, who lives in Autumn Ridge. Don attended our October meeting and submitted his application for membership. He was unanimously elected.
The MRNPC announced the resignation of Allan Bokser. Thus, the MRNPC has openings for three members. Members must be at least 18 years old and either live in or represent a property owner or a business within the Miramar Ranch North planning area. The area includes most of the Scripps Ranch neighborhoods north of Miramar Lake.
Candidates also must have attended at least one meeting within the past 12 months. If you are interested in getting more involved with your community and helping to shape future development, please contact Bill Bernard at 549-0979.
The MRNPC regularly meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Information Center. The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 7. Everyone is welcome.
Please contact Peggy Shirey at 530-3833 if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the agendas for upcoming MRNPC meetings.
Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)
The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) holds its meetings on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The following issues were discussed in November.
Western Pacific Housing
The city of San Diego Planning Commission approved Western Pacific Housing’s (WPH) Community Plan Initiation. This approval means the proposed development will go through an environmental review and then back to the Planning Commission for approval or denial.
The SRPG subcommittee met after the Planning Commission’s vote. WPH is evaluating the inclusion of other uses, such as senior assisted housing, research and development–office–community center/theater, and other institutional uses, such as private schools or colleges. WPH was told by the Planning Commissioners to take a hard look at institutional uses and not to focus on mixed uses of commercial and residential.
Interstate 15 Update
Larry Carr from CalTrans updated the Interstate 15 "Zipper Lanes" project. It proposes constructing a reversible four-lane High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) corridor in the center of I-15.
CalTrans has issued a Draft Environmental Assessment/Mitigated Negative Declaration. The SRPG submitted its comments to the proposed project, citing concerns about:
- Noise impacts to the high school;
- Construction impacts in rebuilding Pomerado Road and Carroll Canyon Road bridges;
- Visual impacts due to thousands of feet of new sound walls; and,
- Inability for Scripps Ranch residents to access a "flyover" or bridge to the HOV lanes or the proposed Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) Transit Center at Hillery Drive.
The MTDB is planning to construct a transit center between Miramar College and the Mira Mesa Market Center that would have a bridge that directly connects to the new managed HOV lanes. That bridge has been named a flyover. The flyover will be constructed to accommodate a connection to Scripps Ranch but presently is without any identified funding.
The current location of the proposed flyover connection to the HOV lanes would be from Treena Street. Alternatively, access to the HOV lanes from Erma Road is being explored.
As proposed, for Scripps Ranch residents to access the transit center and HOV access point on Hillery Drive, they would have to go to Mira Mesa Boulevard and through the shopping center, or take Carroll Canyon to Black Mountain Road to Hillery. Both routes are not perceived as efficient or worth the added time to access the proposed flyover.
Marines Discuss Airport Issue
Chair Bob Ilko reported he attended a forum in Mira Mesa regarding MCAS Miramar. Col. Philip Parkhurst discussed and illustrated why Miramar should not become a civilian airport.
The Marines outlined various reasons, such as efficient consolidation of its Western bases that provides the Marines with a central location for training and mobilization. The Marines claim the current process of narrowing airport locations is disingenuous, thus Miramar will end up on the short list even though it would have been filtered out if the planners applied the criteria.
Rancho Encantada Update
Jeff Brazel of the McMillin Companies updated the SRPG on the Rancho Encantada housing development. McMillin will begin brush clearing this month, and then grading will start along Pomerado Road between Spring Canyon and Legacy Roads. This will be to construct the entrance to Rancho Encantada Parkway.
Pomerado Road will be widened to accommodate a right turn lane into the development. It is our understanding that McMillin has now agreed to add a right turn lane on Pomerado Road northbound at Scripps Poway Parkway. The right turn lane was pushed by the SRPG earlier but rejected. We were told it was too difficult to construct.
The first phase of home construction could begin in February or March on 200 acres for the Montecito subdivision.This portion of the project would include 277 single-family lots, one 1.7-acre lot to accommodate an existing on-site residence, as well as several open space lots.
Chabad representative to the SRPG Alan Green reported that the grading for the planned buildings and work on the parking lots are progressing. The portable buildings currently being used are expected to be removed upon completion of Phase One. Chabad is set to double its student body to about 400 upon completion of the new facilities in the fall of 2003.
Chabad is expected to submit a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for its daycare facility in December. Chabad is currently operating under the Alliant International University’s (AIU) CUP, and the city requires a separate CUP for other uses such as preschool and daycare facilities. Chabad’s current CUP permits K-12 schooling, but not preschool, daycare, or religious services unrelated to K-12.
The city of San Diego has named Scripps Ranch as a participant in the San Diego Geographic Information System (SanGIS). We will get greater access to SanGIS mapping software and data to use, test, and create new layers. The SRPG has used the GIS to review new housing and commercial development proposals such as the Western Pacific Housing project, the Chabad CUP, and AIU’s master plan.
Council District Report
Our council district’s representative, Clint Carney, provided an update as to why the crash gate and parking at the water tank located within Phase III of the Scripps Ranch Business Park will remain closed expect on an as-needed basis for special events. The covered water tank is located south of the Scripps Ranch Library.
San Vicente Water Pipeline
San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) staff presented new maps with three different alternatives to accommodate possible locations for mining and exit shafts for the San Vicente Water Pipeline project. Alternative "A" would keep the mining shaft in the original site with heavy truck traffic likely on Pomerado Road. Alternative "B" would place the mining shaft on the 4-acre parcel site, next to the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee opposes this alternative (see article above). Alternative "C" would place the mining shaft in the Poway industrial park where the rock could be used to make concrete. Action was postponed until the chair can confer with other community groups and review the supplemental Environmental Impact Report that is going forward.
Rancho Encantada Update
Jeff Brazel of the McMillin Companies returned to update us on the Rancho Encantada project. This project will be developed east of Scripps Ranch in the Future Urbanizing Area of San Diego.
We can expect to see significant grading in that area beginning in December. In addition, the $3 million that was allocated to CalTrans for I-15 main lane improvements and improvements at the Pomerado Road and I-15 interchange as part of the mitigation for the Rancho Encantada project will soon be turned over to CalTrans.