Reject the Serra Mesa Community Plan Amendment Street Connection Project No. 265605

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We the Undersigned are in opposition of the Franklin Ridge Road connection and the initiative to amend the Serra Mesa community plan to include it.

·         Do NOT recommend Serra Mesa Community Plan be amended to include a street connection on the basis that the PEIR does not meet project objectives to improve traffic and shows significant negative impacts on the environment for traffic, noise, and pollution.

o   The PEIR is NOT complete and NOT in compliance with CEQA. Alternatives are not comprehensive. Information is contradictory in multiple locations, fundamentally inadequate and conclusory. Emergency, pedestrian and cyclist access already exists in study area on Kaplan Drive, and more will be provided with trail through the park on Phyllis Place connecting the two communities.

o   DENY proposed CPA. CPA does not meet proposed goals and does not benefit the residents of either community.

·         Recommend that Mission Valley revise community plan to exclude the Franklin Ridge Road Connection as it is not mitigable below a significant level and negatively impacts: transportation/circulation, air quality, and noise (operational) in both communities.                                  

Project Objectives of the proposed PEIR and reasons why it does not meet these objectives are as follows:

1)      Resolve the inconsistency between the Serra Mesa Community Plan and Mission Valley Community Plan as it pertains to a connection from Mission Valley to Phyllis Place in Serra Mesa.

~Recommend alternative that Mission Valley revise community plan to exclude the Franklin Ridge Road Connection as it is not mitigable below a significant level and negatively impacts: transportation/circulation, air quality, and noise (operational) in both communities.

·         This amendment would not resolve the inconsistency between community plans as it also contradicts Mission Valley’s Community Plan (page 55) “Streets serving new development should be connected to the road network and not to major streets serving residential areas in the mesas.” The project objectives are not met and in actuality the proposal is less compliant with the City’s General Plan and Community plans then the no project alternative.

2)      Amend the Serra Mesa Community Plan to include a street connection from the existing Phyllis Place Road into Mission Valley, that if developed in the future, could:

a)      Improve the overall circulation network in the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley planning areas.

·         ~There are 5 more significant Connection Intersection Condition delays with the road then without; this does not constitute improved overall circulation in the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley planning areas. This undermines the pedestrian friendly residential community characteristics of our neighborhoods.

·         Significant Delays With Connection Appendix C corrected 48/206 (page 41)

1. Murray Ridge Rd and Sandrock Rd PM 58 minutes (25min with mitigations)

2. Murray Ridge Rd & I-805 NB Ramp PM 149 minutes (56min with mitigations)

3. Murray Ridge Rd & I-805 SB Ramp AM 80 minutes, PM 404 minutes (21/113min)

4. Qualcomm Way & Friars Rd EB Ramp PM 61 minutes (49min with mitigations)

5. Qualcomm Way & Friars Rd WB Ramp PM 77 minutes (41min with mitigations)

6. Via Alta and Franklin Ridge Road AM 44 minutes, PM 96 minutes (39/54m)

 ·         Significant Delays Without Connection Appendix C corrected 34&35/206 (page 27&28)

1. Mission Center Rd & Murray Ridge Rd/Phyllis Pl AM 57 minutes, PM 117 minutes  

In the long term all the following 12 study items are BETTER WITHOUT the road connection *Very significant, within acceptable operation without Connection

Roadway Segment

1.      Phyllis Pl from I-805 SB Ramp to I-805 NB Ramp

2.      Rio San Diego from Qualcomm Way to Rio Bonito Way

3.      *Franklin Ridge from Via Alta to Civita

4.      *Phyllis Pl from Franklin Ridge to I-805 SB Ramp

Intersection

5.      Murray Ridge /I-805 SB Ramp

6.      Murray Ridge/I-805 NB Ramp

7.      Murray Ridge/Sandrock

8.     *Franklin Ridge/Phyllis Pl

9.     *Franklin Ridge/Via Alta AM

10.  *Franklin Ridge/Via Alta PM Freeway Ramp Meter

11.  *I-805 NB Ramp at Murray Ridge Road

12.  *I-805 SB Ramp at Murray Ridge Road  

In the long term the following 3 study areas are better WITH the road connection *Very significant, within acceptable operation with Connection

Intersection

1.      Qualcomm Way/Friars Road WB Ramp in PM only

2.      *Mission Center /Murray Ridge AM

3.      *Mission Center /Murray Ridge PM

Appendix C corrected 31/206 (page 24), Appendix C corrected 43 & 44/206 (page 36 & 37)  

b)      Alleviate traffic congestion and improve navigational efficiency to and from local freeway on- and off-ramps for the surrounding areas.

~Proposed CPA does not meet project objectives as the PEIR traffic analysis concluded unmitigable delays at the 805 onramps, 31-43 minutes with the connection versus the alternative of continuing to have less than 15 minute delays without the road connection, even with new developments, under the heaviest traffic times through the year 2035. Long Term (2035) With Connection Conditions Appendix C corrected 48/206 (page 41).

·         Freeway

I-805 Freeway Mainline Condition is LOS F (AM & PM) with or without the road connection. I-805 is already heavily impact and there are no immediate plans to improve the area and in some cases it cannot be improved. “Where a mainline freeway impact is identified on the I-805 mainlines near the Murray Ridge Rd/Phyllis Place interchange no attempt to introduce a new freeway lane for mitigation has been offered, and that impact remains unmitigated.” Appendix C corrected 7/206  

·         Ramps Conditions 

WITH CONNECTION

· I-805 NB ramp at Murray Ridge Road – 43 minutes of delay (PM)

· I-805 SB ramp at Murray Ridge Road – 31 minutes of delay (PM)

WITHOUT CONNECTION, all ramps are calculated with less than 15 minutes of delay Appendix C corrected 31/206 (page 24) and 50/206 (page 43, Table 5-4), (PEIR 244/317)  

c)      Allow for safe travel conditions for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians along the street connection.

~The CPA does not support its conclusion for safe travel conditions although the no project alternative meets this objective with existing planned paths without vehicular traffic and lower stress to pedestrians and cyclists while not increasing the traffic as much shown on page 66/206 Appendix C corrected.

·         Franklin Ridge Road “a four lane collector road including bicycle and pedestrian facilities” to I805 SB is predicted to have 34,540 cars per day, PEIR page 1/317. According to Roadway Capacity Standards on page 66/206 (Appendix C corrected) that amount of cars is consistent with a Major Arteria or Prime Arteria not a collector street which Franklin Ridge Road is classified as.

·         The CPA includes a class II bike lane which does not protect cyclists from cars like the current plan with a vehicle free bike path going through the park South of Phyllis Place connecting the two communities to the greater San Diego regional bike network, making the proposed CPA not as safe for cyclists as existing plan.

·         The proposed CPA would limit mobility and community feel with the number of cars causing road delays of 40-96 minutes on Franklin Ridge Road the connection will be too busy to be safe for motorists, cyclist and pedestrians. Appendix C corrected 47&48/206 (page 40&41)

·         The Serra Mesa Community Plan states “There is a need for separate pedestrian access to parts of the Mission Village Shopping Center and other activity centers” (45/77 page 37).

·         Mission Valley Transportation Plan states “Safety Pedestrian comfort traveling along segments is highly influenced by right-of-way width, vehicular traffic volumes and speed, and adequate separation from vehicles on 5/10 (page 38)” “Safety and comfort are paramount considerations, since by nature, active travelers are more exposed than those inside a vehicle. Unsafe or uncomfortable conditions discourage the decision to make a trip by bike. In general, stress levels are high along most roadways in Mission Valley, regardless of the presence of bicycle facilities due to high traffic speeds, the high number of auto travel lanes, as well as the limited space given to the cyclists. 7/10 page 40, https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/4._transportation.pdf  

d)      Improve emergency access and evacuation route options between the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley planning areas.

~Proposed CPA does not support improved emergency access and evacuation route options between the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley planning areas as stated on page 56/206 in Appendix C corrected: “Therefore, we see limited additional benefit to these two hundred plus homes for evacuation by having a road connection, and all of the other surrounding communities have multiple access or egress routes”.

·         Kaplan Drive exists in this study area as an emergency access route and is not mentioned in the PEIR, this omission contradicts numerous pages in the PEIR.

~Proposed CPA does not improve circulation, traffic congestion, safety for travel including cyclist and pedestrians, or emergency access (Existing conditions are superior to projected Road Connection conditions with corrected information).  

3)      Implement the General Plan and Bicycle Master Plan as they pertain to developing interconnectivity between communities.

~General Plan and Bicycle Master Plan are already implemented without CPA. There is existing interconnectivity between communities by way of Mission Center Road, Mission Village Drive, Kaplan Drive (Emergency, Cyclists and Pedestrians) and Phyllis Place Park that will have a walking and bike path.

·         The proposed CPA conflicts with the General plan and Bicycle Master Plan as they pertain to developing interconnectivity between communities, the proposed increase in traffic decreases safety for pedestrians and cyclists and does not increase connectivity as connectivity is already planned at connection location.

·         Mitigations include the removal of bicycle lanes in Serra Mesa in direct contrast to the city's bicycle master plan and environmental progress. The proposed CPA states “All mitigation measures contained in the Environmental Impact Report shall be made conditions of the project as may be further described below” PEIR 289/317. The PEIR concluded:

·         “Mitigation was determined infeasible for the following issue areas: transportation/circulation page 289/317.”

·         7 out of the 19 mitigations, which are conditions to approval of the CPA, are not recommended at all.

·         3 of the 19 state: “Since this mitigation would be contrary to the existing guidelines (General Plan, Bike Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, Serra Mesa Community Plan), it is not recommended, and the impact would remain significant and unavoidable.” All LOS F, With or Without the road: PEIR pages 116-118, 290-292/317

4. Murray Ridge Road from Mission Center Road to Pinecrest Avenue

5. Murray Ridge Road from Pinecrest Avenue to Sandrock Road

9. Murray Ridge / Sandrock Road  

 

“4. Murray Ridge Road from Mission Center Road to Pinecrest Avenue: a. Murray Ridge Road from Mission Center Road Pinecrest Avenue shall be restriped consistent with a 4-lane Collector. i. Currently, Murray Ridge Road provides Class II bike facilities and onstreet parking. The proposed mitigation would either repurpose the existing right of way to provide four travel lanes by eliminating the bike lanes and on-street parking, or widen the roadway to accommodate four travel lanes and maintain Class II bike facilities and on-street parking. Widening the roadway would require removal of residences on both the east and west sides of Murray Ridge Road along the entire stretch of roadway segment. Since this mitigation would be contrary to the existing guidelines (General Plan, Bike Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, Serra Mesa Community Plan), it is not recommended, and the impact would remain significant and unavoidable.” PEIR 290/317  

For the aforementioned reasons this PEIR is incomplete and not in compliance with CEQA and must be denied. This PEIR does not meet the objectives and shows significant negative impacts on the environment for traffic, noise, and pollution.

·         Recommend that Mission Valley revise community plan to exclude the Franklin Ridge Road Connection as it is not mitigable below a significant level and negatively impacts: transportation/circulation, air quality, and noise (operational) in both communities.  

Thank you for your consideration,  



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