Planning Group Elections

With the March elections for the Community Planning Groups fast approaching, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) are seeking new board members. These groups are two of the more than 40 Community Planning Groups that have been organized and recognized by the city of San Diego.

They advise the City Council, Planning Commission, and Planning Department staff on the preparation, adoption, implementation, or amendment of the Community Plan–the "blueprint" document that serves to guide the long-range development of each community. These groups have the opportunity to review and provide input on a variety of city planning issues and development proposals within their communities.

In order to be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age and be a resident, businessperson with a business address in the community, or property owner. You must also have attended a minimum number of meetings–two for the SRPG, one for the MRNPC.

Those elected to the Scripps Ranch Planning Group serve two-year terms. The boundaries of the Scripps Miramar Ranch community are generally defined by Miramar Lake to the north, Poway to the northeast, MCAS Miramar to the east and south, and Interstate 15 to the west.

If you are interested in joining the SRPG, submit a letter expressing interest and include your name, address, and phone number. If you have questions, contact Bob Ilko at 619-682-4807. The SRPG meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The election will be held at the Thursday, Mar. 6, meeting.

There are four seats up for election to the MRNPC to serve four-year terms. The boundaries of the Miramar Ranch North community–commonly known as Scripps Ranch Villages–are generally defined by Sabre Springs to the north, Scripps Miramar Ranch to the south and east, Miramar Lake to the south, and Interstate 15 to the west.

Those interested in joining the MRNPC or voting in the election should contact Peggy Shirey at 530-3833 and request a general membership application. You are also welcome to attend the meetings, held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Information Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The election will be held at the Tuesday, Mar. 4, meeting.

If you are interested in getting more involved with your community and helping shape future development, join one of the planning groups. If you have any questions regarding these Community Planning Groups or the elections, contact Dan Monroe, assistant planner for the city of San Diego, at 619-236-5529.

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Western Pacific Housing Proposal

At the MRNPC’s January meeting, Western Pacific Housing presented their proposal for the 62-acre site adjacent to Alliant International University (AIU) and the new middle school site. At this time, they are proposing an age-restricted community with a mix of approximately 300 condominiums, 300 apartments, and an assisted-living facility that would house approximately 100-150 seniors.

One advantage to developing this as an age-restricted community is that this will fill a need that is lacking in Scripps Ranch and in San Diego in general. In addition, there will be significantly less traffic generated by this community, especially during peak traffic hours.

The entry for the community would be off Chabad Drive, with the possibility of a loop road connecting to the middle school site. Since this project is in the Scripps Ranch planning area, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) will review and comment on the project and keep you posted on its progress in the SRCA Newsletter and on the SRCA website at [www.scrippranch.org].

Fairbrook Site

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is seeking an extension of its Vesting Tentative Map (VTM) for the Fairbrook site. This site is currently owned by the school district, but the VTM includes plans for a 3-acre park and 17 single-family homes.

The Scripps Ranch community and the SDUSD Excess School Property Committee previously recommended that the school district not sell the Fairbrook site until Scripps Ranch resolved its school overcrowding issues. The MRNPC passed a motion supporting the extension of the VTM for Fairbrook only if two amendments were added:

  1. No development of the Fairbrook site until the new middle school is completed; and,
  2. No development of the Fairbrook site until the Scripps Ranch planning area and the Miramar Ranch North planning area are at full build-out.

Community Park Lights

Upon further research, the MRNPC realized that the Community Plan does not specify that all of the Community Park ball fields would be lit. So, we unanimously passed a motion to send a letter to the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC) and the city’s Park and Recreation Department asking them to not proceed with the installation of the lights at the Community Park ball field #2 until:

  • More information is presented to the community via the SRCA Newsletter and at a MRNPC meeting about the specifics of the lights, including the number, height, and lumens; and,
  • Notice is given to all residents of surrounding subdivisions with direct line of sight to the light poles with an opportunity for public comment.

[Editor’s note: See page 17 for more information about the Community Park lights, including the public notice to be sent to residents who live near the park.]

MRNPC Meetings

The MRNPC regularly meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Information Center. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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

Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

SRPG Meetings

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) meets on the first Thursday of each month. The next regularly scheduled SRPG meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm. For more information, please contact SRPG Chair Bob Ilko at [[email protected]].

It is anticipated the following will be discussed at the February meeting:

  • The U.S. Marine Corps will provide an update to the proposed East Miramar housing;
  • Western Pacific Housing (WPH) will request the SRPG’s support for WPH’s re-initiation of a Community Plan Amendment. WPH has revised their project and now proposes to develop an age-restricted community on property adjacent to Alliant International University (AIU);
  • AIU will provide its initial traffic impact analysis for its Master Plan; and,
  • The school district will request a recommendation for an extension to the Fairbrook Vesting Tentative Map.

All community members are welcome to attend the SRPG meetings. We would also like to remind residents that elections will be held at the March meeting.

Interstate 15 Update

The SRPG continues to work with CalTrans, the Metropolitan Transit Development Board, and Councilmember Brian Maienschein’s office to evaluate an effective way to connect Scripps Ranch to the proposed I-15 managed High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Monarch Apartments

The SRPG voted to approve a recommendation to enter into an agreement with Monarch Apartments for $675,000 that will allow the office buildings–in the future–to be sold independent of the 266-unit apartment complex. Monarch agreed to the payment to the community in exchange for a lot line adjustment that allows them to sell the office buildings separately. The funds will be placed in the SRPG’s facility benefits account managed by the city of San Diego.

New Middle School Design

The SRPG conducted a charette, or brainstorming session, at the end of its January meeting to better understand how, in concept, the new middle school could be laid out. Trittipo Architects and the school district provided the materials that were used at another Design Task Force charette. And, a third charette was hosted by the SRPG and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee later in January.

The exercises helped show how the site’s unique challenges dictate the location, orientation, size, and coordination of the play fields, parking lots, and roads. There was a general consensus that the academic facilities should be the greatest priority. The SRPG will make every effort to see that the athletic facilities are designed for student uses first, then, if possible, for the greater community use.

Bob Ilko, Chair

Neighborhood Code Compliance

If you have questions about neighborhood issues, you can call the city’s Neighborhood Code Compliance Division at 619-236-5500. You can report code violations or get answers to various questions, such as whether you need a permit for specific remodeling projects. We will list the phone number in the Newsletter Directory each month.