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Both the creeks and lakes are proposed for enhancement as visual and passive recreational resources. Possibly, the lakes may also be utilized for active recreation such as fishing. For the creeks, however, the intent is to limit or screen physical access to the water and habitat areas in order to protect them as a resource. This is particularly important for Peñasquitos Creek.

A program of habitat preservation and selective landscaping along the creeks and lakes is proposed in Chapter 13. The provisions for wildlife access and habitat conservation are addressed in Section 12.3. Creek-related viewpoints and passive areas are discussed in Section 7.2D.

B. Hillside Open Space

A large portion of the planning area is proposed for retention in natural open space as illustrated in Figure 11. These are hillside areas which cannot or should not be developed due to steep topography, and/or difficult geology and soils conditions.

There are three major hillside open space areas:

  • The rocky, steep hills on the north side of Poway Road, separating Sabre Springs and Poway.

  • The east-west ridge and the slide area below, between Miramar Ranch North and Sabre Springs.

  • The steep-sloped open space areas defining canyon and ridge development in the southeast section of the planning area including the southeast central open space area.

These areas provide visual distinction and physical buffering between land uses and between communities. They also protect biological resources as described in Section 12.3.

No pathways, viewpoints or passive recreational areas are proposed in the hillside open space areas. Natural vegetation should be preserved and no landscaping is anticipated. However, transition planting between developed areas and open space is appropriate in some areas, such as along the edge of the southeast and southwest open space areas and along banks at the northern school and park sites. Landscape materials in transition areas should be native or naturalized species with low water requirements.

7.4 Private Recreational Facilities

In addition to public park and recreational facilities the development of private recreational facilities is encouraged. These may consist of commercially operated recreational facilities, provided in commercial centers. Examples are sports clubs or spas, restaurants, bars and theaters.

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