West Valley College Visual Arts Building Replacement


SCH Number
Public Agency
West Valley-Mission Community College District
Document Title
West Valley College Visual Arts Building Replacement
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
West Valley College is in the process of renovating, replacing, and constructing proposed facilities consistent with its Long-Range Development Plan/Master Plan (LRDP). The LRDP was completed and approved in 2005, and has undergone review and revision as required, specifically with the West Valley College 2020 Educational and Facilities Master Plan (2015). A Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the LRDP was certified in September 2005. The FEIR addressed planned campus improvement projects and also acknowledged that further environmental review may be required for specific projects when more detailed plans become available. The LRDP/Master Plan includes the following goal for campus improvements:

Contact Information

Javier Castruita
Agency Name
West Valley-Mission Community College District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Clara
Other Location Info
This project is situated on the West Valley College (WVC) campus in the City of Saratoga, County of Santa Clara. The campus is located at the intersection of Fruitvale and Allendale avenues (14000 Fruitvale Avenue).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
State Guidelines: § 15302, Class 2: Replacement or Reconstruction
Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt pursuant to categorical exemption per CEQA Guidelines §15302 - Class 2, Replacement or Reconstruction, which identifies exemptions for replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced. This proposed project involves the replacement and reconstruction of existing art studios and labs with a new Visual Arts Building on the site of the existing art labs. The size of the proposed replacement building would be located on the same site as existing facilities and have the same purpose and capacity as the structures replaced. See NOE for full details.


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