New Los Banos Courthouse for the Superior Court of California, County of Merced


SCH Number
Public Agency
Judicial Council of California
Document Title
New Los Banos Courthouse for the Superior Court of California, County of Merced
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project includes acquisition of parcels covering approximately 4.5 acres; construction of a new approximately 30,000 BGSF courthouse with two courtrooms; and operation of the facilities for the Superior Court of California, County of Merced. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) concludes that the Class 32 exemption is appropriate for the project because: 1. The AOC is not subject to local government agencies' land use authority, so the AOC concludes that general plan designations, general plan policies, and zoning designations are not applicable to a State of California project. The AOC concludes that the facility will be consistent with the City of Los Banos' general plan designation. 2. Second, the site covers less than five acres and is within the City of Los Banos. 3. Third, the site is substantially surrounded by urban uses and has no habitat value for endangered, rare, or threatened species. 4. Fourth, the site has adequate existing utility services and public services. 5. Fifth, the re-development will not create significant environmental effects since: a. Project-related traffic will be minor relative to the surrounding traffic load and street capacity, and the proposed project provides parking; b. Noise from the construction work will have a short duration and will not exceed standards of the City of Los Banos General Plan. c. Air quality impacts of the construction-related traffic will be minor, so that the project will not obstruct implementation of an applicable air quality plan nor produce a substantial contribution to air quality violations; and d. Water quality effects will be minor since the project can connect to the City of Los Banos' sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, and the construction operations will comply with requirements of the Regional Water Quality Control Board's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits.

Contact Information
Jerome Ripperda
Judicial Council of California
Lead/Public Agency
455 Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone : (916) 263-8865


Los Banos

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
C: 32; S: 15332
Reasons for Exemption
In-fill Development Projects

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