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:

  1. Goal feasibility: Is Scripps Ranch an appropriate location for a Y, and does the community want one?
  2. Program needs: What facilities and programs does the community need and want?
  3. 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.

Botanic Garden

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.

Elections

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.

MRNPC Meetings

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.

Peggy Shirey, Chair