Reasons for Exemption
The project will build and test advanced manufactured home designs and construction in order to promote energy efficiency advances in the manufactured home industry. This project will build and install 3 mobile homes no more than 1,200 square feet each and temporarily collect data from them. The three single-family mobile homes will be divided up and placed in two different existing mobile home parks, and these projects sites are all of the following: (a) consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations; (b) within city limits on a site of no more than five acres substantially surrounded by urban uses; (c) on sites that have no value as habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species; (d) not going to result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality; and (e) adequately served by all required utilities and public services. Thus, they meet the requirements of 14 CCR 15332.
The Energy Commission made CEQA findings pertaining to this project, including finding that it was categorically exempt under Title 14 CCR 15332 when grant agreement EPC-19-035 for this project was originally approved by the Commission on June 10, 2020. The currently proposed changes through this amendment involve changing the location of the two test sites. These changes will not result in any environmental impacts beyond those already considered by the Commission and do not change the applicability of the categorical exemption under 14 CCR 15332.
This amended Notice of Exemption provides documentation of the test site changes and the CEC's analysis regarding CEQA.