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.
State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162 (Subsequent EIRs and Negative Declarations) provides that when an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been certified or Negative Declaration adopted for a project, no subsequent EIR shall be prepared for that project unless the lead agency determines, on the basis of substantial evidences in light of the whole record, that there are new significant environmental effects due to a change in the project or circumstances, or there is new information of substantial important as identified in State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162(a)(3). An EIR was prepared and certified for the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan EIR (SHC# 2000082139) and the subject property was zoned for commercial development in 2004 with the approval of the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan.
The Project consists of a Conditional Use Permit with an Exception and Design Review Amendment for the construction of one retail pad building with a drive-through within an approved shopping center consistent with the uses anticipated in the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan EIR. Potential impacts related to noise were analyzed and found to comply with the General Plan and EGMC noise standards. No other potential new impacts related to the Project have been identified that would necessitate further environmental review beyond the impacts and issues already disclosed and analyzed in the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan EIR. No other special circumstances exist that would create a reasonable possibility that the Project will have a significant adverse effect on the environment. Therefore, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162, no further environmental review is required.