The Hedge 5 Feeder Tie/Pocket 4 Reconductor Project (Project) consists of the following:
1. Reconstructing approximately 1.3 miles of the existing Hedge Line 5 12 kilovolt (kV) overhead line located along the south side of Geneva Point Drive/Calvine Road between Power Inn Road and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. The existing line is a single-circuit 12kV line. The Project will replace the existing poles with taller poles (10 to 15 feet higher) to allow for sufficient space to add a single-circuit 69kV line above the 12kV line. With the exception of a few poles that may be relocated for realignment near the intersection of Calvine Road and Cliffcrest Drive, all pole replacement will occur at same existing pole location.
2. Reconductoring (replacing) approximately 2 miles of 69kV lines associated with the existing Pocket Line 4 69kV overhead line with 12kV under build located along the west side of Stockton Boulevard between Requa Way and Wyndham Drive. Certain existing poles on a case-by-case basis may be replaced with new poles pending on the pole condition. With the exception of a few poles that may be moved 1 to 2 feet from an existing pole location, any other pole requiring replacement will occur at the same existing pole location. No work will occur on the existing 12kV under build lines.
The purpose of this Project is to provide sufficient line capacity and feeder ties to utilize existing transformer capacity and to serve 2018 forecasted summer loads under normal and emergency scenarios.
Geneva Point Drive/Calvine Road between Power Inn Road and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks situated approximately 700 feet to the west of the intersection of Calvine Road and Vintage Park Drive; and 2) along Sotckton Boulevard between Requa Way and Wyndham Drive, respectively.
Notice of Exemption
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Reasons for Exemption
SMUD has reviewed the proposed action and has identified that it qualifies for an exemption from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) (General Rule) of the State CEQA Guidelines (Division 6 of Chapter 3 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations). 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. When 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. The Project consists of reconstructing SMUD's Hedge Line 5 and reconductoring Pocket Line 4 within areas that are urbanized. No special circumstances exist that the proposed Project would create a significant adverse effect on the environment (i.e. no sensitive species or habitats, no hazardous sites, no scenic highways, no historic resources, etc.). Therefore, the proposed Project qualifies for the exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) and no further environmental review is required.