Reasons for Exemption
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SCV Water approved the above-described Annexation and Sphere of Influence amendment on December 17, 2019. SCV Water found that (1) the Annexation, together with the Sphere of Influence amendment, is not a "project" that is subject to CEQA as there is no potential that the Annexation and Sphere of Influence amendment will result in either a direct physical change to the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect change to the environment and because it is a governmental organizational or administrative activity that merely authorizes a boundary change, but will not result in any direct or indirect changes to the environment. (Public Resources Code § 21065; State CEQA Guidelines § 15378); (2) even if the Annexation and Sphere of Influence amendment is a "project" and subject to CEQA, it is exempt under State CEQA Guidelines section 15061 (b)(3)-Common Sense Exemption as "it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment" because there will be no reasonably foreseeable change in the types, intensity, and manner of service within the Annexation area as a result of any approval and because no construction or other physical alteration of the environment is proposed; and (3) even if the Annexation and Sphere of Influence amendment is a "project" and subject to CEQA, it is further exempt under the categorical "change in organization" exemption (State CEQA Guidelines § 15320), as the Annexation do not change the geographical area in which previously existing powers are exercised but is a mere boundary change to allow the continued provision of existing services.