Category Archives: Rose Creek

Comment Period for Balboa Station Area Specific Plan Extended

Thanks to the Pacific Beach and Clairemont Planning Groups, the comment period on the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan has been extended to Tuesday, June 12.  If you didn’t comment already, please do so now.

Here are some suggested comments if you are looking for ideas and don’t want to read over 1,000 pages of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Feel free to re-word these points and send them in as comments. However, if you want to read it all of the documents, click here and then scroll down the page to the section called “Draft CEQA Documents.”

Please send your written comments to the following address: Rebecca Malone, Environmental Planner, City of San Diego Planning Department, 9485 Aero Drive, MS 413, San Diego, CA 92123 or e-mail your comments to PlanningCEQA@sandiego.gov with the Project Name and Number in the subject line. Please note that only written comments, received either via US Mail, hand-delivered, or via email, will be considered official comments in the Final PEIR.

PROJECT NAME:  Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan
PROJECT No.: 586601 / SCH No. 2017071007

The Friends of Rose Creek oppose any zoning density without parkland dedication for Rose Creek. With parkland dedication for Rose Creek, we support the Medium Density Alternative as outlined in the Draft PEIR.

In table 5.3-5, Conservation Element- CE-B.1 identifies the pursuit of of formal dedication of existing open space areas (sub item f). What are the hurdles other than a lack of political will to purse parkland designation or dedication for Rose Creek in the project area?  Would the City of San Diego be willing to address parkland dedication if a maintenance assessment district or other permanent funding source was provided to address maintenance, habitat restoration, water quality improvements, and flood control protections?

Item 5.3.5.1 Impacts to Tier II and Tier IIIB habitats could be mitigated by requiring easements for all development along Rose Creek to provide a buffer zone between the developed buildings and the Tier II and Tier IIIB habitats. The buffer zone could be landscaped with appropriate native plants or suitable non-natives that are not invasive, that are drought tolerant excluding plans on the The Cal-IPC Inventory.

Recommendations identified in item 5.13.3 for the Draft PEIR require new parkland as the Pacific Beach Community is already extremely deficient in population-based parks yet the plan specifically does not propose additional parkland. We strongly disagree with this assessment and oppose any zoning density increase without additional parkland. Residents of high density housing need public parks  for kids to play and dogs to frolic within walking distance. How will the necessary parks be provided in the planning area if Rose Creek is not dedicated as a community open space park?

We strongly recommend a pocket park at the old work center at the corner of Mission Bay Drive and Daemon Street with restroom facilities for people walking/jogging/biking the Rose Creek Bike Path and Bikeway and interpretative signs on the history of Rose Creek and the Kumeyaay ethno-history in this area.

Recreation Element RE-A-6 requires the City to “pursue opportunities to develop population-based parks.”  The primary potential for population based parks exists along Rose Creek. In addition to Parkland Dedication, further actions should be taken to acquire easements from adjacent property owners to create a children’s play area between the Rose Creek Bike Path and private property as well as benches for bird watching.

In addition to easements and setbacks from open space, please restrict building heights to no more than 30 feet for properties boarding Rose Creek to allow sunlight to reach biologic habitats and prevent shadowing on the resources.

Item 5.3.4.3 Mitigation Framework, sub-item BIO-1 – If mitigation is required, mitigation should be done as close to the impacted site as is technically feasible and in no case should mitigation be done outside the Rose Creek Watershed. There are multiple opportunities for Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub mitigation along Rose Creek between Grand Avenue and Mission Bay Drive. How can the plan prioritize  mitigation being implemented in the Pacific Beach portion of Rose Creek?

Under the City of San Diego’s General Plan Conservation Element, strategies must be implemented to address the Heat Island Urban Effect, protect open space, and adapt to climate change Elements: CE-A.2, CD-A.3, and CE-A.12. How will the protection of Rose Creek’s biologic resources serve to further this conservation element?

In Section 5.3, page 5.3-31, under Litter/Trash and Materials storage, Priority 1, Item 1, indicates the City will provide and maintain trash cans and bins at trail access points as well as removing litter and trash on a regular basis.  What is the timeline for implementation of and the funding source for these trash cans?  Please provide a more through explanation of what “remove litter and trash on a regular basis” means. Is that weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually or less frequently? How will the need to remove trash be identified by the responsible City departments? Will trash cans be provided throughout the BASASP planning area or only at access points to Rose Creek?  Will dog poop bags be provided at trail access points to encourage dog walkers to pick up their dog poop instead of letting it fall into Rose Creek and eventually Mission Bay Park?

In regards to the Mobility Element Policies Related to Multi-Modal Transportation Improvements, Table 5.1-7, ME-F.3 Identifies the goal to “Maintain and improve the quality, operation, and integrity of the bikeway network and roadways regularly used by bicyclists.”  There are two proposed projects that will facilitate movement through this area by pedestrians and bicyclists that could serve as mitigation for negative impacts to vehicular traffic circulation by encouraging more people to ride bikes and/or walk. One is the bridge over or tunnel under I-5 identified in this project. The other is the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s proposed bridge at I-5/Hwy 52 to allow movement between the communities of University City, Clairemont and Pacific Beach without using motorized transport.  Planning efforts on this project have been funded by the California Coastal Conservancy.  For details on the I-5/Hwy-52 bridge, click here and search for “Rose Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge.” How can mitigation for vehicle traffic impacts caused by the Trolley station at Balboa Avenue and the proposed zoning density increases be redirected to these multi-modal improvements to reduce vehicle trips and increase bike/ped travel in the region?

Finally, please include design elements provided by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition on creating a Bike Friendly Business District into this project. One specific recommendation is critical to creating a bike friendly business district: The City of San Diego should offer a free bike rack or corral to any business that requests one, with liability resting with the city, not the business.

Citizen Science Project

In April, the Friends of Rose Creek participated in City Nature Challenge 2018: San Diego. San Diego came in third in number of species and  and number of observations and second in number of people participating.  Great job everyone!

City Nature Challenge 2018 Final Results

Check out this great map of observations made by one volunteer along the creek:

Please keep on observing wildlife and plants along the creek. When you see something, use the iNaturalist app to record your observations.  Let’s make sure the world knows what is so special about Rose Creek.

Get It Done! App

See things at the creek you don’t like? Put the Get it Done! App on your phone and use it. Let’s hold the City’s feet to the fire. Besides reporting problems with trash, illegal activity, and impassible bike paths, the app creates statistics. Let’s show the City how many problems they are not addressing and make sure issues along Rose Creek make it onto City reports.

 

City Nature Challenge 2018 Final Results

The results are in.

San Diego County came in first place for the total increase in the number of volunteers from last year. The city that added the most new iNaturalist participants to their region through the City Nature Challenge: San Diego, California with 733 new observers added during the City Nature Challenge. Thank you to each of you who participate.

To see all the details, visit City Nature Challenge 2018.

 

 

 

San Diegans Rocking It for City Nature Challenge 2018

A huge thanks to those who came out to Rose Creek and helped document the amazing diversity of life in this urban creek.

In San Diego county, over 1,100 Citizen Scientists made over 30,000 observations and documented over 2,700 species. To see San Diegan’s obeservations, click here.

Looks like San Diego made second place in observations, species, and people. Check out the results!

Rose Canyon Open Space Park May Bird Walks

Bird walk information Adults and kids welcome (we recommend ages 9 and up)
Walks are easy, and you may leave at any time

No bathrooms or water in Rose Canyon Park or at the trailhead parking area

Meet: Trailhead at intersection of Regents Road/Lahitte Court, University City.
From intersection of Governor Dr./Regents Rd., go north on Regents two blocks to dead end.

Bring: Binoculars if you have them – or you can borrow ours. Water and sunscreen.

8 am start: Walks start promptly. Please arrive 10 minutes early to park, sign in, and, if you want, borrow binoculars. Some walks Saturday, some Sunday.

Dates:

Saturday May 5: 8 – 10 am
Saturday May 12:  8 – 10 am

For details and additional information, click here.

Creek to Bay Cleanup A Huge Success

66 volunteers worked very hard along Rose Creek on April 21 pickup trash, getting down in the creek to pull out tires and muddy sleeping bags, and we enjoyed ice cream provided by Campland on the Bay. A few lucky winners took home books and t-shirt raffle prizes, and Friends of Rose Creek volunteer, Laurie (in her 70s), moved a lot of trash in the U-Haul truck.  I Love A Clean San Diego even awarded our site captains the “Site Captain of the Year Award” — the second time in 14 years that we have won. We couldn’t have done it out all the great volunteers. Thanks to Pamela for shuttling trash. Enjoy these photos from the event!

April 21 Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup @ Rose Creek

Join I Love A Clean San Diego and the Friends of Rose Creek as we cleanup Rose Creek from the Mike Gotch Bridge to Interstate 5.

The cleanup runs from 9 a.m. until noon and we’ll meet at Mission Bay High School.

Registration is now open. Click here to register online so we know how much food to bring to feed all our amazing volunteers.

All participants under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign. Or just come down to Mission Bay High School about 8:45 AM on Saturday, April 21. We’ll be in the Faculty Parking Lot on the east side of campus overlooking Rose Creek and you can sign up on the spot! Plenty of overflow parking is available in the Student Lot on the west side of campus at the corner of Lee Street and Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach.

We’ll have snacks, prizes, and all the everyone who shows up can participate in the Bling Your Bucket contest. Decorate those buckets, wheel barrows and wagons before you come. Reusable is the message we are trying to promote. Participate in the Bling Your Bucket contest to minimize the use of trash bags. We’re here to get rid of trash – not create more of it. More information to be added as we get closer to the event.

At 11:45 a.m., we will have ice cream provide by Campland-on-the-Bay and a raffle with some earth cooling prizes.

If you can, bring work gloves, buckets and wagons to move the trash from where you find it to the dumpster. Burlap sacks and/or tarps are useful as well.  Hauling distances vary but can be up to 3/4 of a mile. Bring your reusable water bottles to fill up. Snacks and drinking water will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

#creektobay

Scout Badges will be available from I Love A Clean San Diego after the event but you must show up and register to be eligible — Here’s this year’s badge.

December Bird Watching Fun

The Friends of Rose Creek led two bird watching walks this holiday season. On December 30, we were able to watch a Great Blue Heron try to swallow a dead fish that was just a tad too big. We saw many, many American Widgeon, a couple of Snowy Egrets, a Kingfisher, Osprey, and some more mundane birds like Coots and Mallards. What a wonderful time to be out at the creek.