UC Davis Medical Center proposes to construct a temporary surface parking lot on 2nd Street between Research Building III to the west and the existing Parking Lot 17 to the east. This temporary parking lot would provide additional parking capacity on a short-term basis, until such time that the campus provides additional permanent parking capacity by constructing a new parking structure. The temporary 53-space lot would be developed with a chip-sealed surface. No other improvements such as lighting or landscaping would be installed. Construction of the temporary lot would begin in Spring 2005 and be completed by Summer 2005. The lot is expected to remain in use until 2010.
The project is subject to the exemption as determined in the analysis, it can be seen with certainty that no component of the project will have a significant impact on the environment. The project is categorically exempt because it involves minor grading of previously graded and disturbed land and does not require the removal of any health, mature, scenic trees. The proposed site is on land that is currently undeveloped but that is highly disturbed and surrounded by development on all sides. Finally, the proposed project is exempt because it involves construction of a small significant effect on the environment.
The project would not impact an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern. Analysis indicates that there are no unusual circumstances associated with the project such that it could result in a significant effect upon the environment. The project site is not in the viewshed of a scenic highway, nor would it effect any scenic resources. It is not located on a hazardous waste site, nor would it cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of any historical resource. Construction of the temporary parking lot would not result in an increase in campus population and the project will not result in additional traffic. It would therefore not result in cumulatively significant impacts or make a cumulatively considerable contribution to a significant cumulative impact.