CEQA (Section 21000, et. seq. of the California Public Resources Code, hereafter CEQA) requires analysis of agency approvals of discretionary "projects." A "project," under CEQA, is defined as "the whole of an action, which has a potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonable foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment." The proposed Final Map is a project under CEQA.
Staff has reviewed the Project to determine the required level of review under CEQA. The proposed Project is exempt from CEQA under Section 15268(b) of Division 6 of Chapter 3 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (State CEQA Guidelines). Section 15268 (b) exempts ministerial approvals by public agencies from CEQA. Final Maps are specifically cited as a type of ministerial permit. Therefore, this project qualifies for the identified exemption.
The corresponding Tentative Subdivision Map for this project was reviewed under CEQA as part of its approval in 2005. An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan and mitigation measures have been incorporated into the final project to reduce the impacts to less than significant levels. Consequently to CEQA Guidelines Section 15268(b), no further environmental review is required for this Project.