Central Valley Financing Authority (CVFA) Temporary Modular Trailer Project

Summary

SCH Number
2017058286
Lead Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
Central Valley Financing Authority (CVFA) Temporary Modular Trailer Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
SMUD proposes to install a pre-manufactured temporary modular trailer (trailer) on the CVFA cogeneration site located at 8580 Laguna Station Road, Elk Grove, CA. The installation will not require that the trailer be constructed onsite since it is a pre-manufactured modular building. The planned trailer location has been previously graded and is currently covered in gravel. Approximately 30 feet of trenching will be required to install and connect electrical power to the trailer from an adjacent dry box transformer. The trailer will not be connected to water or sewer as these facilities are located in an adjacent building within close walking distance. The trailer will measure 24 feet by 60 feet with approximately 1440 square feet of office space. Currently the site does not have sufficient office and meeting space and with the installation of the trailer this need will be met. The trailer will be leased on a month to month basis not to exceed 60 months. The area in which the trailer will be installed is not considered environmentally sensitive as it is an operational thermal energy generating facility. The trailer will be delivered by truck and installed in the June to July timeframe and should be completed within 2 weeks.

Contact Information
Rob Ferrera
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
6201 S Street, Mailstop H201
Sacramento, CA 95817

(916) 732-6676

Location

Cities
Elk Grove
Counties
Sacramento
Other Information
8580 Laguna Station road, Elk Grove, Ca

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15301(b), 15301(e)
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).
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