The proposed project includes the construction of the new Inyo county Courthouse and related parking for the Superior Court of California, County of Inyo (Superior Court). The proposed courthouse will be approximately 22,000 building gross square feet (BGSF) and will include one courtroom, one multi-purpose room and two chambers. The proposed project includes surface parking adjacent to the courthouse structure. The new courthouse will be up two-stories high and will include public access (pedestrian) from West Line Street to Church Street, via a landscaped pedestrian path.
This project is exempt per a Class 32 exemption due to the following reasons:
1. The project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations;
2. The project is located within the city limits of the City of Bishop, will occupy no more than five acres, and is surrounded by urban uses, including surface parking, City Hall, the police and fire departments and an auditorium;
3.The project has no value as habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species;
4. Approval of the project will not result in any significant effects since:
a. Changes in traffic patterns will not have a significant impact on existing conditions;
b. Noise from construction work will have a short duration and will not exceed standards of the City of Bishop;
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 construction operations will comply with requirements of the Regional Water Quality Control Board's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.
5. The project site is already served by all required utilities and public services.