McDonald's Rebuild Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Watsonville
Document Title
McDonald's Rebuild Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project proposes to demolish the existing 4,269± square-foot McDonald's restaurant with PlayPlace and construct a new 5,241± square-foot building with PlayPlace. The new layout for this building includes a split, side-by-side drive-through lane to enhance the efficiency of accommodating patrons in vehicles. Development of this project also involves installing new onsite circulation and parking layout, stormwater facilities, landscaping and trash enclosure. Project entitlements consist of a Special Use Permit with Design Review, Major Variance, and Environmental Review.

Contact Information

Justin Meek
Agency Name
City of Watsonville
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Silvia Wytkind, McDonald's USA, LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Santa Cruz
Cross Streets
1598 Freedom Boulevard

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15302 & 15303
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is eligible for a Categorical Exemption per Sections 15302 and 15303 of the State CEQA Guidelines as it involves the removal of an existing 4,296± square-foot McDonald's building and construction of a new 5,241 ± square-foot McDonald's building on an existing 1.01 ± acre site. The project does not involve new construction of a commercial building exceeding 10,000 square feet, and the replacement McDonald's building is of similar size to the original and would continue to provide the same fast-food service to restaurant patrons. The project is also located in an urbanized area, where all necessary public services and facilities are available and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive.


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