Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is consistent with the zoning regulations of the City of Turlock as well as the Turlock General Plan. The project will not result in any significant effects relating to aesthetics, biological or historic resources, traffic, noise, air quality or greenhouse gas emissions, hazards or hazardous materials, public services or utilities, nor does the site have any habitat value for endangered, rare, or other threatened species. The site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services and is located entirely within the City Limits and there is no reasonable possibility the project will have a significant effect on the environment. The project consists of the conversion of an existing building, previously used as a restaurant to a commercial cannabis dispensary. The project involves negligible, or no expansion of the existing use as retail uses are planned for and allowed in the commercial zoning districts and the proposed use is consistent with the parking and traffic generation associated with commercial uses and the existing restaurant use. The project will result in the minor alteration of the interior and exterior of the existing building to accommodate the proposed use that will not result in an increase of more than 2,500 square feet. No other changes in the site are anticipated as a result of the project; therefore, the project is categorically exempt pursuant to Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) of the CEQA Guidelines.