From the inbox over the weekend:
SCRIPPS NEIGHBORS FIGHT FOR INTERNAL CAMPUS ROAD FOR SCRIPPS CAMPUS MEGA-EXPANSION
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We hope you have had an opportunity to look at the Scripp's Hospital Draft Environmental Impact Report that can be found on the City of Encinitas'website http://www.ci.encinitas.ca.us/Government/PublicD/scripps/
The Scripp's Master Plan proposes a 162% increase to the hospital's current size. Building heights will range from 45' – 59' and include a helipad. An expansion of this size will bring many significant impacts to our community. The E.I.R., however, states that these impacts can be mitigated. We do not believe that many of them can be. The infrastructure was never meant to handle this quantity of traffic. With the traffic that will be generated by the Hall Property Park and Scripps Hospital we can expect to have a substantial increase in cut-through traffic on our residential streets.
When Santa Fe is unable to handle the number of cars that will be trying to access these two locations, drivers will take short cuts through our neighborhoods. The bulk and mass of this project will forever change the character of our community.
The E.I.R. includes some pictures of the proposed buildings, inserted using PhotoShop, into the existing campus, so you can get an idea of what this expansion will look like. Please look at them and see for yourself how massive this proposed project could be. Missing from the photographs are the manned toll booths/gates and traffic that will be a lasting part of this project and our community.
We need to address the negative impacts this plan will create in our community. We need to let Scripps and our City representatives know what concerns we have. An endeavor of this size, against an entity the size of Scripp's Health, will require large community interest and involvement. We need your help. Please plan on attending these important meetings. Get involved. Together we can make a difference!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2008, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Neighbors of Scripps Encinitas (N.O.S.E.) will be hosting an informational meeting at the San Diego County Credit Union (501 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas) . We hope to simplify the information contained in the E.I.R. and give specific speaking and writing points that must be made regarding the issues that will negatively affect our community. There is a 45-day review period which began on October 24, 2008 and ends at 6:00 p.m. on December 8th, 2008. All written comments must be submitted by this deadline to be included in the Final E.I.R.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m and 3:30 p.m. to 5:00
p.m.. March in front of Scripps Hospital and Press Conference by
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 2008 6:00 p.m.
A Planning Commission Meeting at City Hall at 6:00 p.m. will be held to allow the public an opportunity to provide verbal comments on the Draft E.I.R. We must have a large turn-out for this meeting and future meetings to show Scripp's and the Planning Commission the valid concerns we have regarding this project.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2008
Final day to submit comments regarding the Draft E.I.R. to:
Mr. Scott Vurbeff
City of Encinitas
505 S. Vulcan Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024
Please contact us if you have any questions or can help with time or monetary donations.
Neighbors of Scripps Encinitas