General Services, Department of
(Department of General Services)
16th District DAA - Pioneer Park
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The State of California seeks to acquire an approx 5.5 acres parcel of land from the City of Paso Robles known as Pioneer Park located between Gregory Ave and 19th St in the City of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, CA. The acquisition will provide property for the California Mid-State Fairgrounds, A.K.A. Paso Robles Events Center; operations associated with the annual fair, equestrian events and other special events and programs offered throughout the year at the Paso Robles Events Center. The Events Center and the Fair are operated by the 16th DAA. Future actions, including development of the property, will undergo complete environmental review as required by CEQA.
The acquisition activity is exempt under the "general rule" or "common sense" exemption at CCR, Title 14, S 15061, sub b3. The common sense exemption states a project is exempt from CEQA if "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." The land acquisition agreements that transfer the ownership to the State do not have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Any future approval of any use of the site is conditioned upon full CEQA compliance per CCR, Title 14, S 15004, sub (b)(2)(B), which states prior to completion of CEQA compliance regarding the use of a site, "agencies may designate a preferred site for CEQA review and may enter into land acquisition agreements when the agency has conditioned the agency's future use of the site on CEQA compliance."