On December 13, 2017, the City of Eastvale certified a Program EIR (State Clearinghouse No. 2015031028) for the adoption of the Leal Master Plan, and adopted Findings of Fact, a Statement of Overriding Considerations in light of the significant and unavoidable impacts, and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. On May 11, 2022, the City of Eastvale approved a Modified Project consisting of: an Addendum to the Certified Program EIR for the Leal Master Plan; Leal Master Plan Amendment (SPA001); a Development Agreement (DA003); a Tentative Tract Map (TTM 38290) to create 14 developable lots and 19 lettered lots on 158.6 acres; and a Major Development Plan Review (PLN22-20020 DR001) for the development of 2500 residential units and 595,000 square feet of commercial development (retail, hotel, civic center) and a fire station. In 2022, the City evaluated the potential environmental impacts of the Modified Project against the criteria set forth in CEQA Guidelines §§ 15162, 15163, 15164, and 15168(c) and determined that substantial evidence throughout the Addendum supported the determination that the Modified Project would not have any reasonably foreseeable environmental consequences beyond that analyzed in the prior Program EIR and its associated administrative record, that none of the conditions trigging preparation of a subsequent or supplemental EIR apply and that the Addendum was appropriate for the proposed Modified Project and related entitlements, and fully complied with CEQA, as described in Public Resources Code section 21166 and the CEQA Guidelines.
In 2023, the applicant submitted applications for Phase A of the Leal Master Plan, specifically PLN22-20087, PLN22-20088, PLN22-20089, PLN 22-20090, PLN22-20091, and PLN22-20092 for Tentative Tract Map 38594 and Major Development Reviews of Phase A of the Leal Master Plan (project). Phase A covers
69.8 acres of the overall 158.6 acres and includes 438 dwelling units, along with associated streets, landscaping, parking, and open space/recreational areas, consisting of Planning Area 1 – 168-unit condominium and townhome residential community; Planning Area 6 – 100-unit attached single family residential community; Planning Area 7 – 94-unit detached single family residential community; and
Planning Area 8 – 76-unit attached single family residential community.
The Original EIR was prepared as a Program EIR and as such Phase A was evaluated pursuant to CEQA Guidelines § 15168(c). The Lead Agency has determined that the effects of the later activity, in this case Phase A of the Leal Master Plan, were examined in the program EIR (Original EIR) and the Addendum (Modified Project), and pursuant to Section 15162 no subsequent EIR is required. Phase A is consistent with the analysis of the Addendum and Phase A does not exceed the maximum development assumptions of the Original EIR and Addendum and would not represent an increased development intensity within the overall approved Leal Master Plan area. The activity is within the scope of the Program EIR and Addendum, and the Program EIR and Addendum adequately describe the activity for purposes of CEQA.