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. The City has reviewed the Project and determined that the Project requires no further environmental review pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162 (Subsequent EIRs and Negative Declarations), which provides that when an EIR has been certified for an adopted project, no subsequent EIR shall be prepared for that project when the lead agency determines, on the basis of substantial evidence in light of the whole record, that there are no new significant environmental effects due to a change in the project or circumstances, and there is no new information of substantial importance as identified in State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162( a) (3). The proposed Project is a request for an extension of time to a previously-approved Tentative Parcel Map (TPM) that would subdivide 75.7 acres in ten ( 10) parcels; and a Tentative Subdivision Map (TSM) and Design Review (DR) for Subdivision Layout that would further subdivide Parcel 8 of the newlyapproved Tentative Parcel Map into 92 single-family residential lots (EG-13-057). The time extension would extend the expiration date of the TPM, TSM, and DR from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2023. Potential environmental impacts were analyzed as part of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Waterman Park 75 Project (SCH# 2006022058) and the certified Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2013-2021 Housing Element (SCH# 2013082012). The setting for the Project has not significantly changed since the Waterman Park MND was adopted and the Housing Element EIR was certified. The current request does not propose to amend boundaries, uses, or development intensities that were analyzed in the prior MND and the EIR. The extension of time for Project does not involve any physical changes to the environment and hence does not have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Therefore, the adopted Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) that is applicable to the subject site is sufficient and, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162, which identifies the requirements for which subsequent analysis in required, no further environmental review is required.