Planners support residents’ request for expanded ‘no parking’ hours near the Cedar Falls trailhead
By Karen Brainard
Parking for hikers and for residents near the Cedar Creek Falls trailhead in San Diego Country Estates could become more difficult on weekends and holidays, as the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG) approved recommending extended parking prohibition hours at the request of homeowners.
The trailhead at the end of Thornbush Road and the improved trail have drawn crowds of hikers every weekend who park their cars along the residential streets when the 29-space trailhead parking lot is full, say residents. Homeowners have complained of hikers trampling landscaping, littering, stealing and driving their vehicles too fast in the neighborhood.
Last month a group of residents asked the planning group to approve on-street parking prohibition from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, which the board unanimously recommended. At the planning group’s June 2 meeting, Steve Venolia, one of the residents, asked the board to reconsider and expand the parking prohibition from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and to include holidays.
Venolia said the request was due to the influx of traffic on Memorial Day weekend. The busiest day was Memorial Day, he said, and at 2 p.m., 264 cars were reported to be parked along the two main corridors and in the cul-de-sacs.
Venolia said he already had the approval of 37 of the 54 homes, located on the six streets in that area, representing more than the necessary two-thirds majority.
When a planning group member pointed out that such signs would prevent homeowners and their guests from parking on the street at that time, Venolia responded, “It’s not going to work very well, but right now we can’t park on our streets anyway.”
He said homeowners are hoping the U.S. Forest Service will install a parking lot on Ramona Oaks Road or come up with another solution to relieve the neighborhood of so much traffic.
In other business at the RCPG meeting:
•Chair Jim Piva announced that Cid Tesoro, the flood control district manager for the county Department of Public Works, will make a presentation at the July 7 RCPG meeting. Piva reported on the May 18 meeting held at county Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office with property owners seeking relief from routine flooding and representatives of environmental agencies and county departments.
“None of the agencies would make a definitive statement,” Piva said.
Meetings with flood control revealed that the department had a large report compiled, listing flood projects in Ramona with no input from the community or the planning group, Piva said. Jacob was upset about this, he added, and is putting pressure on flood control to change priorities with input from the planning group. A flood workshop for the community will be scheduled at a later date.
•A request from Richard Berry of DyoCore did not receive the required votes to pass. Berry has been involved with installing roof-mounted wind turbine projects in Ramona. For each installation, Berry has had to seek planning approval. His request was to bypass the planning group on medium wind turbine projects and process them through the county Department of Planning and Land Use, because every installation is the same, he said.
Two of the alternative energy projects are completed in Ramona and three more will be installed this month, Berry said. He agreed to exceptions, such as a project located in a scenic corridor, but the final vote failed with seven in favor, three opposed, and two abstentions. Eight votes were needed to pass. Three planning group members were absent.
•The planners unanimously recommended approval of an administrative permit request for an oversized steel barn on the Cantor property at 2365 San Vicente Road. A representative for the property owner explained that the barn will be used to house a variety of animals that are raised for production of raw serum used for antibodies.
•Member Paul Stykel reported that the Ramona Village Design Group is planning to schedule a public workshop to finalize its downtown village design document during the week of Aug. 8-13.
•The planning group gave its support to the county’s proposed tiered equine ordinance. Secretary Kristi Mansolf said it is scheduled to go before the board of supervisors on June 29.
•The country’s Traffic Advisory Committee approved a request by the planning group to install enforceable speed limit signs of 45 mph on Haverford Road. A request to certify the existing 45 mph speed limit on San Vicente Road from a point one mile east of Wildcat Canyon Road east to Barona Mesa Road did not receive approval from the county board of supervisors.
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