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Alpine TOWN HALL MEETING About ELECTRICAL POWER ALTERNATIVES – October 4, 2018

If you have HAD ENOUGH with SDG&E and want to move towards lowering your bills and having POWER when SDG&E shuts your power off, you are invited to a special Alpine Town Hall Meeting on October 4, 2018 at 6pm at the Alpine Women’s Club (Town Hall) located at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901.

For more info please contact BRANDON MAYNARD OR LOUIS RUSSO at 619-300-0866 or email louisfrusso@gmail.com

COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED at the PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING for the ALPINE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE – September 18, 2018

Alpine Residents have the opportunity to let the County know what we want, and don’t want. This is part of the County’s process to update our community plan and your input is highly desired. This meeting will be run by the San Diego County Planning and Development Services Department and is the subject of the letter many are getting. It will be held at the library.

Community Input Encouraged at the PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING held by the County of San Diego for the ALPINE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE on September 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library, 1752 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

For further information, visit: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/…/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.…

 

NOTICE OF PREPARATION DOCUMENTATION
DATE: August 30, 2018
PROJECT NAME: Alpine Community Plan Update
PROJECT NUMBER(S): PDS2016-GPA-16-011
PROJECT APPLICANT: County of San Diego – Planning & Development Services
ENV. REVIEW NUMBER: PDS2018-ER-18-00-002

Summary
The project comprises a comprehensive update to the Alpine Community Plan proposed by the County of San Diego (County). A Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) will be prepared in order to analyze and disclose the environmental impacts of the project. The SEIR will tier from the General Plan Update (GPU) Program EIR (PEIR), the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) SEIR, and include updated baseline conditions, as discussed further below. The SEIR will also be programmatic in nature in that it will analyze the reasonably foreseeable impacts of the changes to the plan. For example, changes to land use densities could result in an increase or decrease in impacts that were previously analyzed in the GPU EIR. It should be noted that the project itself does not propose any specific development project that would result in physical impacts on the environment. However, it is reasonably foreseeable that future individual projects that are implemented under the Alpine Community Plan Update (ACPU) could result
in physical impacts on the environment.

The purpose of this Notice of Preparation (NOP) is to provide interested stakeholders with sufficient information describing the project and the potential environmental effects in order to make a meaningful response as to which environmental issue areas and alternatives to the project should be analyzed within the SEIR.

Comments on the NOP will be accepted for 30 days following issuance of this notice and must be received no later than October 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Comments on the notice of preparation document can be emailed or sent via mail to Greg Kazmer, Environmental Coordinator.

E-mail: gregory.kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov
Address: Planning & Development Services
Attn: Greg Kazmer
5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123

MARK WARDLAW
DIRECTOR
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
5510 OVERLAND AVENUE, SUITE 310, SAN DIEGO, CA 92123
(858) 505 – 6857 ▪ Fax (858) 694-2555
www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds

KATHLEEN A. FLANNERY
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – 2 –

Public Scoping Meeting
Consistent with Section 21083.9 of the CEQA Statute, a public scoping meeting will be held to solicit comments regarding the scope and analysis of the supplement to the 2011 General Plan Update Program EIR.

 

This meeting will be held on September 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library, 1752 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

Purpose of NOP and Scoping Meeting
The purpose of this NOP and scoping meeting is to provide responsible agencies and the public with information about the CEQA process and to provide further opportunities to identify environmental issues and alternatives for consideration in the SEIR. Public comments received during the NOP scoping process will be included as part of the SEIR.

 

Project Background
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, Sections 15162 through 15164, set forththe criteria for determining the appropriate additional environmental documentation, if any, to be completed when there is a previously certified EIR covering the project for which a subsequent discretionary action is required. The SEIR for the proposed project will tier from both the GPU PEIR and the FCI SEIR.

General Plan Update
A Program EIR for the County’s General Plan Update (GPU), Environmental Review Number 02-ZA-001, State Clearinghouse Number 2002111067, was certified by the Board of Supervisors on August 3, 2011.

 

The certified PEIR evaluated potentially significant effects associated with the following environmental areas of potential concern:

1) aesthetics
2) agricultural resource
3) air quality
4) biological resources
5) cultural and paleontological resources
6) geology and soils
7) hazards and hazardous materials
8) hydrology and water quality
9) land use and planning
10) mineral resources
11) noise
12) population and housing
13) public services
14) recreation
15) transportation and traffic
16) utilities and service systems
17) climate change.

Of these seventeen environmental subject areas, it was determined that only geology and soils and population and housing would not involve potentially significant impacts. The remaining environmental issues evaluated included impacts that would be significant and unavoidable, with the exception of impacts associated with the following four subject areas, which would be mitigated to a level below significant: cultural and paleontological resources, land use and planning, recreation, and climate change.

The final certified GPU PEIR is available online at the County’s website at
http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/gpupdate/environmental.html.

Forest Conservation Initiative
On December 14, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved the FCI project. The FCI lands entail approximately 72,000 acres within 13 communities within the unincorporated County. Of those, 1,354 parcels containing 13,747 acres are located within the Alpine community. The FCI was a voterapproved initiative which required that private lands within the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County have a minimum lot size of 40 acres. The FCI was originally approved in 1993 and expired on December 31, 2010.

The land use map changes adopted as part of the GPU did not include FCI lands. When the FCI expired,
the areas affected by the FCI reverted to the land use designations in effect before the FCI was enacted.
As a result of the Board’s approval of the FCI project in 2016, the GPU land use designations, Guiding
Principles, and Policies were applied to the former FCI lands.

The FCI SEIR identified significant and unavoidable impacts to:

1) aesthetics
2) agricultural and forestry resources
3) air quality
4) biological resources
5) hazards and hazardous material
6) hydrology and water quality
7) mineral resources
8) noise
9) public services
10) transportation and traffic
11) Utilities and service systems. It also identified significant and unavoidable impacts to global climate
change.

The final certified FCI SEIR is available online at the County’s website at
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/advance/FCI/fcifinalseir.html

Community Plans
All community plans supplement the County General Plan. Community plans contain information and policies concerning land use, housing, circulation, conservation/open space, public facilities and services, recreation, and community character. However, other issues can be addressed, depending on community circumstances. The policies and programs contained in a community plan, which must be consistent with the County General Plan, are intended to provide long-term guidance and stability with respect to implementing County General Plan policies and programs.

The Alpine Community Plan was adopted on December 31, 1979; it was last amended in December 2016. The proposed project is a comprehensive update to the Alpine Community Plan. Because all community plans are components of the County General Plan, this action requires a General Plan Amendment (GPA).

Project Description
The proposed project would update and refine the current plan’s goals and policies to reflect the character of Alpine and guide growth and development. The ACPU includes an infrastructure study and market analysis, which are intended to provide additional information to guide decision-making. It will also provide an opportunity to consolidate regulations, such as zoning and design guidelines. The ACPU will provide strategies and specific implementing actions to ensure that the land use vision will be accomplished. The implementation plan organizes and prioritizes actions, which are intended to parallel existing County efforts.

The ACPU may set forth changes in land use designations based on a constraints analysis and community input. In large part, existing zoning will be applied to land uses, although new designations that better support the goal of mixed-use development as well as transit-oriented development may also be developed. The project will further refine the land use patterns established as a part of the 2011 GPU and 2016 FCI projects. The structure of the ACPU will mirror the County General Plan where possible, including the land use, mobility, conservation/open space, housing, safety, and noise elements, although some elements may be omitted from the community plan where unique goals/policies/analyses are not applicable.

A special development feasibility study is being prepared to analyze several Areas of Consideration (as defined in the FCI SEIR) for future development. The feasibility study will include an assessment of infrastructure needs associated with roads, water, sewers, electricity, and fire protection and be used to determine appropriate land use densities and zoning designations. The feasibility study will consider Areas of Consideration AL-3, -4, -5, -6, -7, and -11B.

More information on the project and community outreach efforts is available on the project web page at
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html.

As previously described, the project will require an SEIR that will tier from the GPU PEIR and FCI SEIR. This SEIR will use information from both of these EIRs and provide more specific analysis and details for the Alpine Community Plan Area (CPA). The components of the ACPU are still being developed. However, development of the ACPU will be guided by and must remain consistent with the goals, policies, and planning concepts identified in the County General Plan and other relevant County plans and programs.

CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 allows a streamlined environmental review process for projects that are consistent with the densities established by existing zoning, community plan or general plan policies for which an EIR was certified. The ACPU would update and refine the use of streamlining under CEQA

Guidelines 15183 specific to the Alpine CPA.

CEQA Requirements
CEQA requires that public agencies consider the potentially significant adverse environmental effects of projects over which they have discretionary approval authority before taking action on those projects (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et. seq.). According to California Code of Regulations Section 15064(f)(1), preparation of an EIR is required whenever a project may result in a significant adverse environmental effect. An EIR is an informational document that is used to inform public agency decisionmakers and the general public about the significant environmental effects of a project, identify possible ways to mitigate or avoid the significant effects, and describe a range of reasonable alternatives to the project that could feasibly attain most of the basic objectives of the project while substantially lessening or avoiding any of the significant environmental impacts. Public agencies are required to consider the information presented in the EIR when determining whether to approve a project.

CEQA Guidelines Section 15163 states that a lead agency may choose to prepare a supplement to the EIR rather than a subsequent EIR if the changes proposed meet the conditions described in Section 15162 and only minor additions and changes are necessary to make the previous EIR adequate. The Alpine Community Plan would be updated to incorporate goals and polices from the General Plan Update and reflect the character of Alpine. It would refine the current plan’s goals and policies to guide growth and development within the Alpine community. As such, the County is proceeding with preparation of a supplement to the GPU PEIR and FCI SEIR.

Project Location
Alpine is an unincorporated community in the eastern portion of San Diego County, approximately 25 miles east of downtown San Diego (Figure 1). The Alpine CPA covers approximately 68,100 acres of land that is characterized by diverse geography, residential land use patterns, and an established town center area. The most distinguished geographic features are the rugged peaks of the Viejas and El Cajon Mountains near El Capitan Reservoir in the northern portion of the community as well as the hills and valleys around Loveland Reservoir in the southern portion. The Alpine CPA is bisected by Interstate 8, with the majority of the population concentrated in and around the Alpine town center, which is adjacent to the freeway. Cleveland National Forest comprises most of the land in the eastern and northern portions of the CPA.

The Alpine CPA is bordered by the Central Mountain Community Plan area to the north and east, the Jamul Dulzura Community Plan area to the south, and the Lakeside and Crest-Dehesa-Harbison Canyon-Granite Hills Community Plan areas to the west (Figure 2). The Alpine CPA includes the suburban Glen Oaks neighborhood in the western portion and the Viejas Mountains, El Cajon Mountains, and Cleveland National Forest in the east. The elevation of the terrain ranges from approximately 1,500 feet at the vegetated drainages to more than 4,100 feet in the semi-arid hilly terrain of the Viejas and El Cajon Mountains. The town of Alpine, which is in the north-central portion of the CPA, is the most densely populated community within the planning area. Local development on both sides of Interstate 8 consists primarily of residential/rural-residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed uses. The planning area also includes the communities of Peutz Valley, Japatul Valley, Hidden Glen, Dunbar Lane, and Galloway Valley. Development within these communities consists of rural-residential and light agricultural uses. The Viejas Indian Reservation and Capitan Grande Reservation are also within the boundaries of the Alpine CPA; however, they are not within the County’s jurisdiction.

Probable Environmental Effects
The following is a list of the subject areas to be analyzed in the ACPU Supplemental EIR.

Aesthetics Land Use and Planning
Agriculture and Forestry Resources Mineral Resources
Air Quality Noise
Biological Resources Population and Housing
Cultural and Historical Resources Public Services
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Recreation
Energy Use Tribal Cultural Resources
Hazards and Hazardous Materials Transportation and Traffic
Hydrology and Water Quality   Utilities and Service Systems

 

As previously mentioned, comments on the NOP will be accepted for 30 days following issuance of this notice and must be received no later than October 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Comments on the notice of preparation document can be emailed or sent via mail to Greg Kazmer, Environmental Coordinator.

E-mail: gregory.kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov

Address: Planning & Development Services Attn: Greg Kazmer 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123

 

 

Disaster Loan Outreach Center for Residents Effected By the WEST FIRE – Open at the Alpine Library August 14 – 23, 2018

Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to California businesses and residents affected by the West Fire. Businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by the fire may apply.  A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Alpine Library. SBA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual apply online. No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opens Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Alpine Library. Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will close Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
For more information, click here.

CA_15640_Fact_Sheet_Agency SBA west fire alpine

 

Jessica Northrup – Group Communication Officer
Land Use and Environment Group
Jessica.Northrup@sdcounty.ca.gov

619-531-5186  I  619-756-3486 (c)

Debris Disposal Bins on Alpine Blvd. for West Fire Victims Clean Up

Debris Removal

To help with the recovery process, the County of San Diego is placing debris disposal bins at locations near the burn area for fire survivors to dispose of debris from their properties. Beginning Saturday, July 14, 2018, community bins will be placed at the following location, and are ready to accept debris when fire survivors are ready:

  • 3508 Alpine Boulevard (MAP IT)
  • Additional locations may be added, continue to check the website for information

 

The County has been working to help connect the nonprofit volunteer groups with fire survivors who may be in need of their assistance.  The nonprofit groups have experienced, trained staff who possess the necessary tools and resources to perform debris removal, which they have utilized successfully on prior fire recovery events in the San Diego region.  The available nonprofit groups are initiating contact with fire survivors to determine their debris removal needs and offer assistance.


Erosion Control

To help residents living in or around the burn area, the County has opened the Erosion Control Center to advise people on how to protect their homes and provide sand, sandbags and fiber rolls for free to help stabilize burned properties before rains arrive. Protect your property now from flooding.

The Erosion Control Center is by appointment only. Call (888) 846-0800 for more information.


Volunteer Resources

Survivors with remaining unmet needs are encouraged to contact San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters to learn more about additional recovery information and services from local faith based, services based, and community based organizations.


Recovery Assistance Hotline and Email

Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires may call the

Recovery Assistance Hotline (858) 495-5200

or email CountyFireRecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov. Both will be staffed by County employees from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Callers can leave a voice mail after hours and County staff will return the call the next day.

 

 

FREE CHIPPING of Downed, Charred, Trimmed Tree Branches in the VIEW STREETS – July 16-20, 2018

July 12, 2018 – Two of us with the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council (GAFSC) toured the View streets in Alpine yesterday and it appears that some folks may be interested in chipping downed &/or charred limbs or branches. This next week, July 16-20, is our regular Zone 3 chipping event which includes the View streets. We will chip ANY of the subject materials staged by the curb or along a driveway as we pass thru, registration will not be required and materials should be staged by Sunday the 15th.

We ask that our normal rules be observed, for clarity we cannot chip any building materials, and that the crew can get in and out; for more info see: www.greateralpinefsc.org.

*We intend to offer an additional stand alone Emergency Free Chipping event to the fire victims in this area at a time and date that is approved by AFPD Fire Marshal.

Thank you,

Dennis Larsen

Volunteer/Chipping Mgr

chipping@greateralpinefsc.org

 

**NOTICE** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the West Fire Victim Supply Post!

We desperately need more volunteers over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday of next week to help prepare the donation items
We are still open and happy to help fire victims at Boulder Oaks Elementary School (2320 Tavern Rd.) . Whether you lost your home and need immediate supplies, you sustained severe smoke damage and need to replace items in your home, or even if you just lost power and need to restock your refrigerator, we have lots and lots of supplies. Please please please come and take what you need!  

 

You can also find important updates on this supply post and information on items still needed by liking and following the Alpine West Fire page (like below).

Contact Stephanie for volunteering and donating at (619) 573-5638.

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST to spread the word and reach as many people as possible!

https://www.facebook.com/Alpine-West-Fire-203714957001175/

Donation needs:
Gatorade
Water
Ice
Coolers
Canopy’s
Tents
Activities for kids 6-17yoa
Storage containers
Non perishable foods
Working boots
Gloves

 

 

Alpine WEST FIRE Victim Supply Post HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION

UPDATE – August 1, 2018: The Fire Supply Post has a NEW LOCATION on August 1st! It is Shadow Mountain Community Church, Alpine Campus, located at 3520 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901. There are still plenty of donations for fire survivors – so please come on over!

 

 

Original Post Below…

 

Fire Victim Supply Post at Boulder Oaks Elementary School –  10am to 7pm EVERY DAY until AUGUST 1st ONLY ! Please come by ASAP!


We have a Fire Victim Supply Post set up at Boulder Oaks Elementary School (2320 Tavern Rd. Alpine Ca). If you were affected by these horrible fires please come by. We have tons of donations for you! All collected by the community! If you are interested in getting involved with donations please stop by! There are so many more families that need our help!

 

For more info please call or text Margo at 619-876-8713 or Stephanie at 619-573-5638

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – June 28, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:00pm

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

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members below

ACPG – June 28th 2018 Regular Meeting Agenda

 

ALERT!! Concrete Blocks on the I-8 Freeway Near Dunbar Lane AGAIN

Shared from El Cajon CHP June 10,2018

Alpine, Calif. – Since the beginning of 2018 to February 7th there had been four reports of landscaping retaining wall blocks lying within the traffic lanes of I-8 westbound, east of Dunbar Lane. This led to several traffic collisions causing moderate to major damage to the vehicles involved. The CHP responded to these incidents on various nights of the week from the hours of 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Each time, large landscaping retaining wall blocks were located in the traffic lanes. On February 7 the CHP issued a Press Release requesting the public’s help in locating the person or persons responsible. From that point the issued had ceased. (See original article on the ACN)

On June 9 at approximately 12:26 AM, the CHP El Cajon area received a call of several vehicles on I-8 westbound, east of Dunbar Lane, which had hit a concrete object in the roadway causing damage to their vehicles. When units arrived on scene, 8-10 vehicles were determined to have sustained disabling damage consisting of bent wheels and flat tires due to hitting a concrete parking stop that had been placed in the roadway. Four concrete parking stops (weighing approximately 60 lbs.) and three cinder blocks were located on the shoulder.

Patrol has been increased in the area however; there is no suspect information at this time. Anyone who may have seen a vehicle, persons or anything suspicious near the location is urged to contact the CHP El Cajon area at (619) 401-2000.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Officer Travis Garrow at (619) 401-2000.

*Have something to say? Leave a comment below!

 

 

(UPDATE – SHE HAS BEEN FOUND) ALERT – Sheriff Helicopter in Air Looking for MISSING 75 YEAR OLD WOMAN in Alpine 6-2-18

UPDATE 1:40PM SHE HAS BEEN FOUND

6-2-18 1pm – SHERIFF HELICOPTER IS IN THE AIR LOOKING FOR A 75 YEAR OLD FEMALE – I just got off the phone with the Sheriff Dept and they said that she has DEMENTIA and walked out of her home near SOUTH GRADE and CLEGHORN. She is wearing a Pink Sweater with Grey Pants and oddly enough is carrying a SHIRT ON A HANGER. She is 5ft 6 and has GREY HAIR and is approximately 120 lbs. – Angie Brookshire – ACN ADMN