Annexation and Sphere of Influence change for the geographic area formerly served by the Valencia Water Company

Summary

SCH Number
2019120476
Lead Agency
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
Document Title
Annexation and Sphere of Influence change for the geographic area formerly served by the Valencia Water Company
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/19/2019
Project Applicant
Los Angeles County LAFCO

Document Description
The activity involves a change in the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency ("SCV Water") service boundary and sphere of influence due to the annexation of approximately 344 acres into the SCV Water service area. The area that is the subject of the Annexation and Sphere of Influence amendment is already developed and inhabited, and was previously served by the Valencia Water Company. This governmental reorganization effort is being undertaken pursuant to the conditions of approval that were previously imposed and approved by the Los Angeles County LAFCO. No changes or reasonably foreseeable changes in the types, intensity, and manner of service within the Annexation area are anticipated as a result of the approval.

Contact Information
Steve Cole
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency
27234 Bouquet Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Phone : (661) 705-7915

Location

Counties
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
The annexation/sphere of influence area is located within the County of Los Angeles.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines § 15320; Annexations of Existing Facilities and Lots for Exempt Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
See NOE for full details. 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.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2019120476_NOE Executed - Stevenson Ranch Annexation   PDF 3679 K

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