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Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – March 22, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members HERE: ACPG – March 22nd 2018 Preliminary Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. February 22, 2018
    2. Announcement of Vacancy on the ACPG for Seat #3. This is an opportunity for those interested in serving on the Alpine Community Planning Group to make a statement to the group about their credentials and desire to serve.  No recommendations will be made at this meeting.  The Group will make a recommendation at the April 26, 2018 meeting.
    3. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The ACPG Parks and Recreation Subcommittee will provide an update regarding the proposal to renovate the sports/playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School. The group may make a recommendation to the County to allocate Park Land Development Ordinance funds towards the project.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    2. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently discussed the idea of charging higher utility rates for electric customers living in areas with higher risk of wild fires. The ACPG will discuss this proposal and draft a letter to the CPUC with the group’s recommendation.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    3. In January 2017, the ACPG provided written comments to the CPUC regarding a Draft Environmental Report for the Proposed Suncrest Dynamic Reactive Power Support Project. The proposed project is located approximately 3.75 miles southeast of the community of Alpine and approximately 1 mile east of the existing Suncrest substation. The Proposed Project includes a power facility and a 1-mile transmission line to the existing Suncrest substation.  Members of the community have requested the ACPG revisit this project and consider additional action.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    4. At the February 22, 2018 ACPG meeting the representatives from the County of San Diego reviewed with the group the concept of funding road improvements using Traffic Impact Fees (TIF). The group discussed a process for identifying potential projects that were eligible for TIF funding.  Group to review list of areas that are eligible for TIF funding.    Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    5. The ACPG will review a preliminary engineer report for potential improvements to the culvert crossing on Tavern Road at Alpine Creek Way. Presentation, Discussion & Action.
  8. Group Business:
    1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  9. Consent Calendar
  10. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  11. Officer Reports
  12. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  13. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  14. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  15. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – April 26th, 2018
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – March 23rd & April 13th 2018
    4. Board of Supervisors – April 17th, 18th, 24th, & 25th 2018
  16. Adjournment of Meeting

 

Disclaimer Language

 

Public Disclosure

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

 

Access and Correction of Personal Information

You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Travis Lyon | Chairman
Alpine Community Planning Group
P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419
619.952.8607
travislyonacpg@gmail.com

 

 

 

COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED: Alpine Community Plan Update Preliminary Draft Goals and Policies Changes

Alpine Community Plan Update Stakeholders (Residents)

 

The County is requesting public comment on preliminary proposed changes to the existing goals and policies of the Alpine Community Plan (originally approved December 1979, with minor updates through December 2016). The update of goals and policies is one part of the overall Alpine Community Plan Update. Additional changes will include updates to the land use and mobility maps (based on findings of the infrastructure feasibility analysis), design guidelines, and community plan text/narrative.

 

Goals/policies materials for review can be found on the project website:

www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html

 

A hard copy binder of the materials below will also be available for review and/or photocopy (at the reviewer’s expense) at the Community Resource Area at the Alpine Library.

 

To aid in your review, County staff have prepared the following resources:

  1. A Goals & Policies Update Overview document. This document provides some helpful guidelines and tips for commenting on the text of goals and policies.
  2. A Microsoft Excel version of the Goals & Policies Review Matrices file with four tabs:
    1. Policy Comment Tracking Sheet. Includes all existing and proposed goals/policies, along with relevant General Plan goals/policies references and notes/recommendations/justifications from County staff and the CPG steering committee for each proposed change. This file/tab is the preferred location for the recording of stakeholder comments.
    2. Header Description. Includes a description of each column in the Policy Comment Tracking Sheet
    3. GP Policy Text. Includes the full text of each referenced General Plan goal/policy from the Policy Comment Tracking Sheet tab, sorted by General Plan element and number.
    4. Includes an explanation of all acronym abbreviations used on the first tab.
  3. An Adobe PDF version of the Goals & Policies Review Matrices file. In the PDF version, the four tabs are converted to bookmarks accessible through the viewing pane on the left side of the screen (look for the small triangle/arrow and click, then choose the bookmark icon).
  4. A strike-through/underline version of the proposed changes. This format is typical of code changes and includes both the existing and proposed text. The content of these changes is the same as presented in the Policy Comment Tracking Sheet, but is presented in this alternate format for ease of review. Changes are noted in the following manner:
    1. Black text: existing text to remain/be incorporated into revised document
    2. Black text, strikethrough: existing text to be deleted/replaced
    3. Blue text, underlined: proposed new text
    4. PLEASE NOTE: This format is not the format of the final document, and no updates beyond those to goals and policies are reflected (e.g. maps, titles, section numbering/formatting, etc.). Please do not provide comments on these non-goal/policy items as they will be revised separately at a later date.

 

If you do not have a program that can view PDF files, you can download the free Adobe Reader program here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

 

The review period for comments on the preliminary goals and policies is from Wednesday, February 28th through Wednesday, March 14th. Instructions for submitting comments are below. The final set of goals and policies will be presented, discussed, and voted upon by the Alpine Community Planning Group at a publicly noticed meeting at a future meeting (date not yet set).

 

Comments received during the public review period will be considered for incorporation into the goals/policy language. Reviewers are encouraged to be mindful of the parameters spelled out in the “Goals & Policies Update Overview” document to ensure their comments are appropriate to the scope of the community plan and the jurisdiction of the County.

 

It is preferred that comments be submitted electronically in the provided Excel file to ensure legibility and speed the consolidation/review of comment by County staff. Handwritten comments (either scanned or mailed to the County) will be accepted, but are not preferred. In either case, please use the last column in the Policy Comment Tracking Sheet to record your comments. If necessary, you can provide comments in other formats, but it is very important that you provide the corresponding element name, type (goal or policy) and number of the goal/policy you’d like to comment on. Proposed new goals/policies can be labeled with just a type (goal/policy) and proposed text.

 

Please submit all electronic comments through the project email (also listed on the project website): PDS.CommunityPlanUpdates@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

If submitting hard-copy comments, please mail to:
County of San Diego
Planning and Development Services
Attention: Robert Efird
5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123

 

Next steps include the previously mentioned Community Planning Group meeting to discuss and seek recommendation of the consolidated changes. Concurrent to the work on goals and policies, the County and its consultant team are synthesizing input received to date in the formation of plan alternatives for consideration by the community. These alternatives, and the accompanying analysis of each, will be presented at our next public workshop in May 2018 (exact date TBD). At this workshop the public will provide input on their preferred direction and the plan will move into Draft stage.

 

Thank you for your continued participation and we look forward to your input!

 

Submitted By:
Robert Efird, AICP, LEED Green Associate
Use/Environmental Planner
County of San Diego
Planning & Development Services| Advance Planning Division
5510 Overland Avenue, Ste. 310 | San Diego, CA  92123
Phone: (858) 495-5463 | robert.efird@sdcounty.ca.gov

Alpine Design & Review Board Meeting – March 5, 2018

design review board

Alpine Design Review Board
Final Agenda
Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Alpine Community Center
1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-7330

Note: Action may be taken on any of the following items:
I. Call to Order – Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Dan Wasson, Kippy Thomas, Carol Morrison,
Curt Dean.

II. Approval of Minutes – Correspondence

III. Public Comment – At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to
3 minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board
has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD
DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public
notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board
on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each
presentation will be limited to 3 minutes.

IV. Review – Marshall Road townhomes and site plan review.1460 Marshall Road. Applicant
Alan Austin and Richard Borjorno (Discussion and Vote).

V. Review – Tavern Road Shell gas station expansion and site plan review.1140 Tavern
Road. Applicant Tom Sheehan (Discussion).

VI. Next Meeting – April 2, 2018. 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.

VII. Adjournment

Disclaimer Language
Public Disclosure
We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public
record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County
ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

Access and Correction of Personal Information
You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

 

Submitted By: Curt Dean EMAIL HERE

Alpine Resident Urges Others to Attend Community Plan Update & Planning Group Meetings to MAKE A DIFFERENCE

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Submitted By Mary Harris – February 2018

The next meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update is around the corner. Look for information that will be posted soon here on ACN. You can also read more about it HERE. People living in Alpine need to attend and let their county representatives know what is on their mind. Let your voices be heard loud and clear! Tell them what YOU want and what you don’t want….. Some say that in the next twenty years, Alpine’s population may double. Development is on the rise. What do you want to see preserved in Alpine? What do you value here enough to fight for?

I have many concerns for our little town of Alpine. What style of development would you approve of? Would you prefer as little development as possible, or would you like a Walmart between Starbucks and Viejas Casino?

I am personally clamoring for a park! Not just another pocket park located on school property where no dogs are allowed. Not a thimble sized park with no shade. Not a Sports Complex “park” at the middle school….and not a park where 50% of its area is designated for athletic fields. I want a substantial park, a park we can be proud of, as a community. A minimum of 15 acres, and hopefully much more! A park which has a good sized dog park located within its boundaries. A space with green grass and big shade trees, a water feature,where we can go and enjoy nature, and bring our children and families…a park where there will be no signs saying “No Dogs Allowed”.

What do YOU want to see in a park? “A Park 4 Alpine” invites you to take a SURVEY HERE and express your wishes. If developers get what THEY want, open space in Alpine may become scarce. One way to preserve green space and habitat for wildlife, plants, and people is to create an awesome park. If I could get whatever I wanted in a park, it would be as grand as Balboa Park in San Diego or as beautiful as the park in Portland, Oregon that rises high up over the city with a view of Mount Hood.

Naysayers here want to tell us to give up on ever getting a park. We have to go to the meetings that are discussing this and many other issues relevant to us in Alpine. We need to show up to the Alpine Community Plan Update meetings. They are scheduled as a series of six meetings, and we have three to four more to go….

Also, attend the Alpine Community Planning Group meetings…they meet monthly at the Community Center next to the library, on the fourth Thursday of most months at 6 pm. The meetings are announced in the Alpine Community Network and in the Alpine Sun. (The Next meeting is March 22, 2018) You can find the agenda for the monthly meetings printed in the same publications, both online and “hard copy”,  I have learned a lot about our community since I have been showing up. I have learned a lot about who sits at the table and represents us. We can make a difference.

If you want to find out when the next meeting is you can always type the words “Alpine Planning Group Meeting” in the search bar here on the Alpine Community Network Website, or look in the Community Calendar.  You can also subscribe to the Alpine Community Network EMAIL LIST and you will be emailed all the events happening in Alpine Weekly!

Mary Harris

 

 

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – February 22, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members HERE: ACPG – February 22nd 2018 Preliminary Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. January 25, 2018
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The owner of a single-family residence on 8 acres located at 6150 Juergens Vista, Alpine, CA has applied for a discretionary administrative permit for an exterior wall exceeding 42” in multiple sections. Per the owner’s application the wall was built to prevent intrusion and contain pets within the property.   The county has requested a formal recommendation regarding this application from the Group.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    2. The owner of 2 parcels totaling 1.78 acres (APN: 403-271-20 & -21) at Marshall Road and Marshall Way has applied for a Tentative Map and Site Plan (PDS2017-TM-5621; PDS2017-STP-17-039). The project consists of a one lot subdivision with a 23-unit condominium development. The project site is located at Marshall Road and Marshall Way in the Alpine Community Planning area, within unincorporated San Diego County. The site is subject to the General Plan Regional Category Village, Land Use Designation VR-15. Zoning for the site is Urban Residential (RU). The site is developed with existing residences that would be removed. Access would be provided by a 24’ wide private road connecting to Marshall Road. The project would be served by sewer and imported water from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. The county has requested a formal recommendation regarding this project from the Group.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    3. The County of San Diego Department for Public Works Capital Improvement Program has requested feedback from the planning group on the County’s recommendations regarding annual road maintenance resurfacing priorities within Alpine. Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    4. The County of San Diego Department for Public Works Capital Improvement Program has proposed a project to improve Alpine Blvd. from the Harbison Canyon offramp to the westerly intersection of Arnold Way. This project proposes to upgrade road to a four-lane major road with intermittent turn lane from the existing two-lane road with partial continuous turn lanes. Project proposes to use existing Traffic Impact Fee funds to complete.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
  8. Group Business:
    1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  9. Consent Calendar
  10. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  11. Officer Reports
  12. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  13. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  14. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  15. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – March 22nd, 2018
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – March 23rd, 2018
    4. Board of Supervisors – March 13th & 14th, 2018
  16. Adjournment of Meeting

 

Disclaimer Language

 

Public Disclosure

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

 

Access and Correction of Personal Information

You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Travis Lyon | Chairman
Alpine Community Planning Group
P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419
619.952.8607
travislyonacpg@gmail.com

 

Alpine Design & Review Board Meeting – February 5, 2018

design review board

Alpine Design Review Board
Final Agenda
Monday, February 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Alpine Community Center
1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-7330

 

Note: Action may be taken on any of the following items:

I. Call to Order – Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Dan Wasson, Kippy Thomas, Carol Morrison,
Curt Dean.

II. Approval of Minutes – Correspondence

III. Public Comment – At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to
3 minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board
has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD
DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public
notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board
on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each
presentation will be limited to 3 minutes.

IV. Review – Sinclair Gas Station conversion of garage bay to cigar / cigarette shop and
associated signage. 2232 Alpine Blvd. Applicant Sam Gazallo (Discussion and Vote).

V. Next Meeting – March 5, 2018. 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.

VI. Adjournment

Submitted By Curt Dean EMAIL ME HERE

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – January 25, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members HERE: ACPG – January 25th 2018 Preliminary Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. October 26, 2018
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The owner of 2 parcels totaling 1.78 acres (APN: 403-271-20 & -21) at Marshall Road and Marshall Way has applied for a Tentative Map and Site Plan (PDS2017-TM-5621; PDS2017-STP-17-039). The project consists of a one lot subdivision with a 23-unit condominium development. The project site is located at Marshall Road and Marshall Way in the Alpine Community Planning area, within unincorporated San Diego County. The site is subject to the General Plan Regional Category Village, Land Use Designation VR-15. Zoning for the site is Urban Residential (RU). The site is developed with existing residences that would be removed. Access would be provided by a 24’ wide private road connecting to Marshall Road. The project would be served by sewer and imported water from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. The county has requested a formal recommendation regarding this project from the Group.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    2. Jim Bolz, Project Manager for the County of San Diego Department for Public Works Capital Improvement Program will present to the planning group the County of San Diego’s recommendations regarding road maintenance priorities within Alpine. Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    3. Circulation Subcommittee will make a presentation to the group with a list of recommended actions including the following:
      1. Tavern Road/South Grade Road roundabout.
      2. Walkability of Arnold Way from Midway to Foss
      3. Shoulders on Foss Road
      4. Pathway/walkway connection Big Red Road and Huey Lane to allow pedestrian only connections
      5. Shadow Hills School parking on pathway on Harbison Canyon Road
      6. Boulder Oaks School parking on pathway on Tavern Road
      7. All way stop at West Victoria/Victoria Park Terrace intersection

Presentation, Discussion & Action.

  1. Group Business:
    1. Election of Officers
      1. Chair
      2. Vice-Chair
      3. Secretary
  1. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion & Action.
  2. Appointment of Parliamentarian. Discussion & Action.
  3. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  1. Consent Calendar
  2. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  3. Officer Reports
  4. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  5. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  6. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  7. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – February 22nd, 2018
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – January 26th and February 9th & 23rd, 2018
    4. Board of Supervisors – January 23rd & 24th and February 13th & 14th, 2018
  8. Adjournment of Meeting

 

Disclaimer Language

 

Public Disclosure

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

 

Access and Correction of Personal Information

You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Travis Lyon | Chairman
Alpine Community Planning Group
P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419
619.952.8607
travislyonacpg@gmail.com

 

 

Alpine Community Plan Update Visioning & Existing Conditions Workshop – Submit Your Input By 1-19-18

Thank you to all who participated in the Alpine Community Plan Update Visioning and Existing Conditions Workshop this past Saturday, January 6, 2018. Your time and input are greatly appreciated! For those of you who were unable to attend, you may review the materials / exercises presented at the workshop on the project (which also includes a lot of interesting Alpine Demographics HERE

To learn what the Alpine Community Plan Update is all about please click here:
www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html

We welcome your thoughts, comments and concerns for consideration. Please submit all additional input no later than next Friday, January 19 (project email provided on the project website above and below). Input provided at the workshop and received through January 19 will be considered in the preparation of materials for the next workshop on plan alternatives later this spring.

For those who attended Saturday’s workshop, please note that the ideas expressed will all be given consideration and no one idea or group’s input should be interpreted as a preferred direction. The preferred direction will be determined in the next workshop when additional feasibility data are available for discussion.

I would also like to make a clarification on the second to last slide in the workshop PowerPoint regarding next steps. Of the four items listed, two involve additional public meetings while two are County/consultant milestones:

  • Goals/Policies Revisions, Jan/Feb 2018 (includes a public meeting)
  • Alternatives Generation, Feb 2018 (County/consultant milestone)
  • Alternatives Evaluation, Mar/Apr 2018 (County/consultant milestone)
  • Alternatives Workshop, May 2018 (includes a public meeting)

Please submit all comments through the project email:
PDS.CommunityPlanUpdates@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Thank you for your continued participation and input! If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 858.495.5463

 

Submitted By: Robert Efird
County of San Diego, Planning & Development Services
Project Manager, Alpine Community Plan Update
858.495.5463

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Community Park / Surrounding Issues – By Mary Harris

Letter to the Editor – Submitted By Mary Harris

I was re-reading Lori Bledsoe’s September 2017 article in the Alpine Sun about Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) funds and how Joan MacQueen Middle School (JMMS) wants to use, the now $950,000, in the fund for athletic field upgrades. Not long ago, George Barnett, of the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG), wrote in the Alpine Community Network (ACN), that he envisioned a 9 Acre Sports Complex at JMMS. Lori’s article was thorough, and included that many Alpiner’s wanted a community park built here with the PLDO money. She also covered the land offer made by El Cajon developer, Daryl Priest, and the (alleged) problems that the County found with it.

Fast forward nearly four months as we approach the new year. Things have changed in the last few months that have put Alpine in the running, at long last, to FINALLY obtain a County Park! I have made it to most of the meetings regarding the issues and have learned that, according to Bill Saumier of the San Diego County Parks and Recreation, that “the floodgates are open”, meaning that millions of dollars are now available for building new county parks.

The issue that Lori Bledsoe brought up in her article concerning a problem with the county not paying for maintenance of a park once it has been built, has been resolved. As of June 2017, the county will pay for park maintenance.

Meanwhile, members of our community have had an opportunity to express themselves about these issues through a Surveymonkey survey created by a concerned resident. Over 300 locals have taken the survey to date. Questions are asked of Alpiner’s as to what THEY want to see as far as amenities in a community park, and how THEY would like to see the PLDO funds used. The overwhelming majority are responding that they want the PLDO money used for a community park vs. a sports complex or field upgrades at JMMS.

The most important amenities sought by locals? A dog park and plenty of shaded areas.

Alpiners have been misled by the ACPG to believe that there is no land available in Alpine suitable for a county park. Not so! We have also been led to believe that the County Board of Representatives has already given the green light for either the athletic field upgrades at JMMS, or the “Sports Complex” idea outlined in articles by ACPG member, George Barnett. While the ACPG apparently did meet with Diane Jacob, our County Supervisor, NO DECISION has been made regarding proposed projects at JMMS.

I have criticized the ACPG and the Alpine Unified School District (AUSD), as well as the ACPG Parks and Trails Subcommittee for not doing a good enough job announcing their meetings, not announcing their meetings early enough, and not providing basic signage to facilitate people in being able to locate the meetings.

While the AUSD and the ACPG are good with spending approximately $5,000 to make a preliminary plan for their proposed project, they can’t part with less than $100 to provide signage or flyers. What would it take to make a few flyers and post them (more than a couple of days prior to the meeting), or place a basic sign or two ?

I have also criticized the above mentioned boards for not doing enough to connect with the community they represent. How can they represent Alpine if they don’t connect with the people of Alpine? I call it Community Outreach. This is essential in order that not just a few (who happen to sit on the boards) voice their opinions, but that the community itself, rich or poor, landowners or not, Americans with white,brown, black,or any other variation of skin color, highly educated or not, and of any religious background, and of any age whereby they be old enough to vote, may be actively welcomed to participate.

When I talk to people, I often hear that they don’t think that it matters what they think because those on the boards always get what they want anyway, so what’s the point ? This leads to apathy, and undermines community spirit.

And when a board member states that the public are “warmly welcomed” at ACPG meetings, they didn’t say, unless they disagree with the board, then they may be “welcomed” as I feel was, with rudeness, being talked down to, and with intimidating physical gestures.

It’s nothing new to me, and other single women may agree, to be treated with disrespect. A woman who may be a widow, divorced, having no grown children nearby, or other family who may care what happens to her, I feel are seen as prey by predators. The reputations of some planning group members, have become tarnished in my eyes, after I feel that I have been repeatedly treated like someone that doesn’t matter.

I lived here in the mid 70’s. I helped raise my nephew here. I became a single parent in the 80’s, and moved to where the quality schools were located. I coached and supported my daughter, from her preschool years to college, and attended her graduation, where she earned her Master’s Degree. I am retirement age now, and volunteer teaching the ESL program. I attend adult school, participate in a writer’s group, and help my “older than me” neighbors who are without family and/or money.

When the ACPG and the AUSD and Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) said they all voted unanimously to prioritize the spending of the PLDO money on sports related projects at JMMS,instead of making a community park for all to use, I asked what made sports agendas the priority when there are so many other needs of students being neglected? I didn’t get an answer.

Mainly, and I finish with this, Alpine is LONG overdue in getting a community park. A recreational facility at JMMS is designed for the school community, not the community at large. The school can find its own funding for sports projects and leave the PLDO money alone. It was originally designated for a park. Just because the PLDO fund was dipped into before, approx. ($400,000) for sports fields at JMMS, does not mean that it should be permitted again.

Concerned Resident – Mary Harris

 

PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Visioning / Existing Conditions Workshop – January 6, 2018

The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) would like to invite you to attend the second public meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update: the Visioning/Existing Conditions Workshop. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the community’s physical and economic existing conditions and work with County staff to establish a vision for the future. At the workshop, we will discuss items that currently affect living and working in Alpine and hear your vision for the future of the community!

The meeting will be held at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901) on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Parking is provided on-site. Please feel free to forward this invitation to any other stakeholders you feel may be interested.

For more information about the Alpine Community Plan Update, please see the project website:

www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html

Or you can email/call Robert Efird, Alpine Community Plan Update Project Manager, at:

Email: PDS.CommunityPlanUpdates@sdcounty.ca.gov

Phone: 858.495.5463