The project consists of a CUP to install a wireless communications facility co-located on an existing PG&E lattice tower. Associated equipment will be located within the footprint of the lattice tower. The new antennas will increase the overall height of the existing tower from 116'-10' to 128'-10" (12-ft increase).
CEQA requires analysis of agency approvals of discretionary "projects." A "project," under CEQA, is defined as "the whole of an action the whole of an action, which has a potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment" (State CEQA Guidelines section 15378). The proposed project is a project under CEQA.
The project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures). Section 15303 applies to the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. The proposed project consists of six antennas placed on a 12-ft extension to an existing PG&E transmission tower. Ground equipment will be located in a 20'x20' lease space at the base of the tower surrounded by a 6-ft high would fence. The project includes a 32kw diesel generator that will cycle once a month for approx 15 min. The Applicant provided a noise study that demonstrates that the generator complies with the noise standards of EGMC Chapter 6.32 (noise). All public services and facilities are available and the area is not considered environmentally sensitive. Staff reviewed the proposed project and did not find any evidence that special circumstances exist that would create a reasonable possibility that the proposed project will have a significant adverse effect on the environment.
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