Reasons for Exemption
California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor
alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of an existing or
former use, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. This project is for the manufacture of electric vehicle supply equipment at an existing manufacturing facility. The existing manufacturing facility is zoned for light industrial use and is approximately 50,000 square feet. New equipment to be installed will vary in size and includes, for example, tooling equipment, printers, soldering machines, conveyors, and reflow ovens. The floor layout of the new installation will follow the industry Kanban standard: a materials receiving area, an automated mounting and fabricating area, a manual assembling area, a final product testing area, and a shipping area that will encompass a U-shape for maximized efficiency. The total equipment footprint will be approximately 206 square feet. The new equipment will not be permanently installed on the facility floor. Minor work to existing electrical panels may be necessary to upgrade power service to be sufficient for the new assembly lines. For these reasons , this project is categorically exempt under CEQA Guidelines section 15301.