Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15331 applies to projects limited to maintenance, repair, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, conservation or reconstruction of historical resources in a manner consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings ( 1995), Weeks and Grimmer. The Project involves replacing metal sash windows with wood, double-hung windows for an existing single-family residence. This work is characterized as like-for-like, as the new windows will be similar to the original windows early 1900's and will follow the characteristics of Queen Anne style architecture. No expansion of the existing footprint, no change of building height and no change of use is proposed with this application.
In addition, CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2(f) states, "A categorical exemption shall not be used for a project which may cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource." There are no circumstances that will create the possibility of an adverse effect on the environment because the improvements are considered minor in nature and consistent with the Secretary of Interior Standards for rehabilitation of a historic building. The like-for-like window replacement will preserve the historical features and values of the existing home.