Construction of "Chapel of Grace" at Valley State Prison for Women, Chowchilla, California


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
Document Title
Construction of "Chapel of Grace" at Valley State Prison for Women, Chowchilla, California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project consists of the construction of an approximately 6,725-square-foot chapel building at Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW). The new building will be an infill project within the existing secure perimeter of VSPW, and will be located in the southeastern portion of the institution between two existing buildings (a small existing chapel and a visitor's center). The one-story building will be Type ll-A construction, and will include a lobby, a sanctuary with associated chancel, storage areas, a mechanical/ electrical room, and staff inmate restrooms. Other elements of the construction project will include remodeled landscaping in the adjacent courtyard area, and relocation of walkways to accommodate the footprint of the new building. The purpose of the project is to provide an all-faith place of worship in order to facilitate the spiritual transformation of inmates at VSPW. The project has no potential to increase the inmate population at VSPW.

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

Phone : (916) 255-3013



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 3, CEQA Guidlines Section
Reasons for Exemption
Continued: 15303 (New Construction) The proposed project consists of the installation of an infill building at an existing institution, making it a Class 3 project exempt under CEQA (CEQA Guidelines 15303). Class 3 projects consist of "construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures." All necessary public services are already present at the project site, and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive.
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