Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt pursuant to categorical exemptions per CEQA Guidelines § 15301( c ), Existing Facilities, which identifies exemptions for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. This project involves the installation of small new structures and facility improvements on the existing campus baseball field. The increase in use by up to 10 baseball-related events per year would be a negligible expansion of existing uses.
The land-disturbing portions of the project also are exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines § 15304 defines" Class 4 "Minor Alterations to Land" as "minor public and private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for 3, forestry or agricultural purposes." The CEQA guidelines provide a number of examples of Class 4 projects including (b) new gardening or landscaping." The installation of a storm water detention basin and practice area adjacent to the ballfield, as well as the replacement of natural grass with artificial turf, would require minor modifications to the condition of land, water, and vegetation. No mature trees are proposed for removal. Therefore, the proposed project qualifies for Class 4 categorical exemption.
See NOE for full reasons why project is exempt.