Costa Mesa High School Performing Arts Center & Middle School Enclave


SCH Number
Public Agency
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Document Title
Costa Mesa High School Performing Arts Center & Middle School Enclave
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) proposes to develop a 350-seat performing arts center (PAC) and middle school enclave at the existing Costa Mesa High School (CMHS) campus. Development of the new PAC would involve demolition of the existing 234-seat theater and three classroom buildings, removal of the portable classroom buildings, and reconfiguration of the existing parking lots and driveways. Although the actual timing of the project would depend on available funding sources, it is assumed that the middle school enclave is to be developed in Phase 1 and the PAC in Phase 2. CMHS currently has a total reenrollment capacity of 2,245 students in grades 7 and 8 and no new school programs would be introduced as part of the project. However because of modernization and classroom reorganization, the proposed project would result in a net capacity increase of nine classrooms, Furthermore, as permitted under Government Code Section 53094, the Board of Education plans to exempt the site from current zoning regulations.

Contact Information

Ara K. Zareczny
Agency Name
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Costa Mesa

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Sec. 15314, Categorical Exemption Class 14, Minor Additions to Schools and Class 1, Existing Facilities: These categorical exemptions apply to minor additions to existing schools within existing school grounds where the addition does not increase original student capacity by more than 25 percent of ten classrooms, whichever is less.

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