Reasons for Exemption
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires analysis of agency approvals of discretionary "Projects." A "Project," under CEQA, is defined as "the whole of an action, which has a potential for resulting in either a direct physical change In the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment" (CEQA Guidelines Section 15378). The proposed Project is a project under CEQA. Staff has determined that the Project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 1530 l (Existing Facilities). State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 applies to projects that consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion or use beyond that exiting at the time of the lead agencies determination. The Project involves facade improvements to an existing restaurant that will improve and update the facade consistent with similar rebranding proposals in the region. No expansions of use or physical site improvements are proposed with the Project. No special circumstances exist that would create a reasonable possibility that granting a Minor Design Review would create a significant adverse effect on the environment.