Reasons for Exemption
Under CEQA Guidelines S: 15062, a lead agency must identify the rationale for making the determination that a project is exempt under CEQA. SMUD has determined that the CVFA Temporary Modular Trailer Project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines S: 15301 (e), Additions to existing structures provided that the addition will not result in an increase of more than 2,500 square feet. S: 15301 (2b) allows for projects involving the operation, repair maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing utility facilities to be exempt under CEQA where negligible or no expansion of use occurs. The proposed project meets the criteria as a "minor alteration" as no expansion of the facility would occur in that the project will (i) increase the use so as to impact the environment. CEQA Guidelines S: 15061 Review for Exemption; (a3) states that the activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. Finally, CEQA Guidelines S: 15303 (c), A store, motel, office, restaurant or similar structure not involving the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances, and not exceeding 2500 square feet in floor area. In urbanized areas, the exemption also applies to up to four such commercial buildings not exceeding 10,000 square feet in floor area on sites zoned for such use if not involving the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances where all necessary public services and facilities are available and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive. The installation of the trailer will not require significant amounts of hazardous substances and will be placed on an asphalt surface. Where any trenching will occur for installation of electrical service, all soil removed will be backfilled and the surface will be restored back to asphalt. Therefore, the project is considered exempt in accordance with the aforementioned CEQA Guidelines S: 15301, (b) and (e).