Parking Lot Expansion, California Medical Facility, Vacaville, California


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
Document Title
Parking Lot Expansion, California Medical Facility, Vacaville, California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project consists of the construction of a paved parking lot adjacent to the existing parking lot located to the northwest of the California Medical Facility (CMF). The area where the parking lot would be constructed is located within CMF property and is covered with gravel and is presently being used as an overflow parking lot. As a result of gradual increases in the number of staff at CMF, the existing parking facilities are proving to be inadequate, leaving staff to park in unauthorized and unofficial parking locations within the CMF property. This can have the effect of inhibiting traffic circulation, which in turn can be a safety concern in terms of limiting traffic access and flow for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks. The gravel lot that is presently being used has helped ameliorate this situation, but drainage problems and the fact that the gravel cannot be reliably and permanently marked with designated spaces contribute to an unpredictable parking situation form day to day and an associated increase in traffic circulation around existing parking lots and adjacent areas. The new lot will provide approximately 130 permanent parking spaces, and will mirror the width and configuration of adjacent existing paved lot, to effectively function as an extension of that lot. Construction activities will include removing the gravel from the existing overflow lot, and subsequently grading and paving the area to match the existing paved lot.

Contact Information
John Sharp
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
9838 Old Placerville Road, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone : (916) 255-3013


Other Location Info
California Medical Facility, 1600 California Drive, Vacaville, CA 95696

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15302 because it represents the replacement of an existing facility (a parking lot) where the new facility will be located on the same site as the facility replaced (existing gravel parking lot) and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the facility replaced. The project is also exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15311 because it consists of a minor structure accessory to (appurtenant to) an existing institutional facility. Parking lots are identified in subsection (b) of 15311 as one example of a "minor structure."
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