Agricultural Lease Agreement between The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Semitropic Water Storage District

Summary

SCH Number
2017028353
Lead Agency
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Document Title
Agricultural Lease Agreement between The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Semitropic Water Storage District
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Metropolitan plans to enter into a new agricultural lease agreement with Semitropic Water Storage District on certain Metropolitan real property farmlands located on Webb Tract in Contra Costa county and Bouldin Island in San Joaquin county for a max period of three years, terminable at each one year anniversary. The new ag lease agreement allows for the continuation of existing ag and rec uses, and continues the right to fallow the land for water conservation.

Contact Information
Vikki Dee Bradshaw
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
P.O. Box 54153
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0153

(213) 217-6018

Location

Counties
San Joaquin Los Angeles Kern Contra Costa
Other Location Info
various APNs

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301
Reasons for Exemption
Semitropic Water Storage District has had an ag lease agreement in place for Webb Tract and Bouldin Island with the previous land owner since 2017. Metropolitan's Board's action approving an ag lease with Semitropic Water Storage District, taken on Feb 14, 2017, is not a project under CEQA b/c the new lease agreement maintains existing land uses for a max period of three years, terminable at each one year anniversary, which will not cause either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. The action will not change the existing use of the land by the lessee or any subtenant, it involves the operation, repair, maintenance, leasing, or minor alteration of exisitng private or public facilities, with negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of Metro determination, and substantial evidence supports Metro's determination that none of the exceptions to the exemption apply under section 15300.2 of CEQA.
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