Reasons for Exemption
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" (State CEQA Guidelines Section 15378). The proposed Project is a project under CEQA. The Project is exempt from further environmental review pursuant to Section 15332 (In-Fill Development Projects) of the State CEQA Guidelines. Section 15332 applies to project which are: consistent with applicable General Plan and zoning regulations; within the City limits on a project site that is less than five (5) acres and substantially surrounded by urban uses; located on a site with no value as habitat for endangered rare or threatened species; that would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality; and the site can be served by all required utilities and public services. The proposed use of a storage facility is conditionally permitted within the General Commercial (GC) zoning district and is consistent with all applicable General Plan polices (specifically, LU-2-1 and LU-2-4). The Project site is approximately 3.07 acres, which is less than the five (5) acres required by Section 15332, is surrounded by developed urban uses on all sides of the property and has been pre-screened and found to be exempt from Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) analysis. The site is vacant, but the Applicant submitted a biological resource analysis that included a site visit on June 19, 2019, which determined that that site has no value as habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species. The Project would adequately be served by existing utilities and public services. In addition, the Project would be in compliance with applicable state and local regulations, requirements, and polices to ensure that the project would not result in significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality or water quality.