Zoning Ordinance Amendment 18-03

Summary

SCH Number
2019100149
Lead Agency
Los Alamitos, City of (City of Los Alamitos)
Document Title
Zoning Ordinance Amendment 18-03
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/7/2019

Document Description
Zoning Code Amendment for Small Wireless Facilities An Ordinance amending Section 17.30.030 of, and adding Chapter 17.31 to, the Los Alamitos Municipal Code regarding the deployment of small wireless facilities through Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOA) 18-03.

Contact Information
Tom Oliver
CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS
3191 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Phone : (562) 431-3538 ext. 303

Location

Cities
citywide Los Alamitos
Counties
Orange

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15378(a), Class 1
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project has been reviewed in compliance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the city's environmental review procedures. The proposed ordinance is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq.). Public Resources Code§ 21065 defines "project" as "an activity which may cause either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment." The proposed Ordinance does not have the potential to result in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment, as the Ordinance does not call for any change in the existing environmental conditions within the City. The proposed Ordinance merely updates existing City regulations to reflect the FCC's new laws governing the deployment of small wireless facilities, which are already permitted uses within the City. Accordingly, the Ordinance is not a "project" subject to CEQA. (Public Resources Code§ 21065; CEQA Guidelines§ 15378(a)). Even if the Ordinance could be construed to be a project subject to CEQA, the proposed Ordinance is exempt as the proposed Ordinance merely updates existing City regulations to reflect the FCC's new laws governing the deployment of small wireless facilities and does not authorize new programs or activities. The proposed Ordinance calls for the continued operation of small wireless facilities involving no expansion of the existing uses. As a result, the proposed Ordinance is exempt from CEQA pursuant to the Class 1 exemption. Moreover, CEQA's Class 3 Exemption 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 existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. (CEQA Guidelines, § 15303.) The proposed Ordinance allows for the deployment of new, small wireless facilities on pre-existing or new small structures within the City, therefore, the proposed Ordinance is exempt from CEQA pursuant to the Class 3 exemption.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
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