Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 exempts the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond the existing uses. The Preliminary Use and Management Plan approved for the project will maintain the Property as status quo with no expansion or changes to its existing uses as agricultural and open space lands, complying with the District's adopted Resource Management Policies, Integrated Pest Management Program Guidance Manual, Best Management Practices, and regulatory permits issued to the District as applicable, in the interim between the purchase and the completion of a future long-term plan. The Preliminary Use and Management Plan includes minor erosion control work as necessary and minor natural resource management activities. Section 15325 (a) acquisition or transfer of ownership to preserve existing natural conditions. including plant and animal habitats, (b) acquisition or transfer of ownership to allow continued agricultural uses, and (f) acquisition or transfer of ownership to preserve open space. The proposed acquisition will transfer fee ownership of the Property to the District to ensure that these lands will be preserved in their existing natural condition, allow continued agricultural uses, preserve open space, and incorporate the Property into the District's Tunitas Creek Open Space Preserve.