Rooftop Security Platforms, California Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo, California


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
Document Title
Rooftop Security Platforms, California Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo, California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project consists of the construction of rooftop security platforms on four buildings at the East Facility at California Men's Colony (CMC). A total of seven platforms will be constructed, with two platforms each on the A Quadrangle, C Quadrangle, and D Quadrangle buildings, and one platform on the B Quadrangle building. Platforms would consist of three-sided enclosures constructed of metal railings, and featuring a non-skid walkway. The platforms will measure approximately 8' (length) by 4' (width) by 3.5' (height), and will be located on the interior edges of the rooftops (i.e., facing into the prison). Other minor improvements associated with the project will include installation of footpath lighting and replacement of existing ladders with more substantial stairways with handrails. There have been numerous disturbances in the interior common areas between the cellblocks that could have been prevented if guards had better lines of sight. The purpose of the project is to better equip staff to prevent disturbances and utilize less-lethal force during incidents in these areas. The platforms will provide a secure location for officers to deploy during an incident, and will enhance yard safety for both inmates and staff by eliminating existing blind spots.

Contact Information
John Sharp
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 94283-0001

Phone : (916) 255-3013


San Luis Obispo
Other Location Info
California Men's Colony, Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, CEQA Guidelines Section
Reasons for Exemption
continued: 15301 (Existing Facilities) The project consists of minor alterations to an existing structure involving negligible or no expansion of use (CEQA Guidelines 15301). The rooftop security platforms projects the Secretary for Resources has found do not have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore is declared to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparing an environmental document. The East Facility buildings at CMC were built in 1961 and have no potential to be historically significant under CEQA.
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