Execution of UC@Moffett Field Ground Lease


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California
Document Title
Execution of UC@Moffett Field Ground Lease
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
NASA Ames Research Center
Document Description
The University is seeking to ground lease approximately 36 acres of land owned by the Federal government and managed by NASA to develop up to 1.4 million sq.ft. of commercial, educational, residential, and ancillary lodging and retail. The Ground Lease is expressly conditioned on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and no development shall proceed within the Lease Area unless and CEQA compliance is completed. This Proposed Action serves an essential role of acquiring a leasehold interest in land while a feasibility study and environmental review under CEQA for the development of the Lease Area are performed.

Contact Information

Brian Harrington
Agency Name
University of California
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
University of California
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Mountain View
Santa Clara
Total Acres
Other Location Info
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035-1000

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Common Sense Exemption (Sec. 15061(b)(3))
Reasons for Exemption
The University has determined that the action is exempt from CEQA as it: (1) involves entry into a land acquisition agreement that is contingent on future CEQA compliance pursuant to CEQA Guidelines §15004(b)(2)(A); (2) does not constitute “approval” of a project under CEQA; and (3) can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment i e , the “common sense exemption” pursuant to CEQA Guidelines §15061(b)(3). The University will make no decision and will have no legal obligations to undertake development of the Lease Area until it has complied with CEQA and an overall site development plan based on information produced from the CEQA environmental review process has been submitted and approved.


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