Estancia High School Theater Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Document Title
Estancia High School Theater Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Document Description
The proposed project consists of the construction of a 350-seat theater; site improvements, including landscaping, development of walkways and plazas; reconfiguration of the existing parking lot and bus drop-off zone; and installation of security fencing. To support school security and circulation, campus access would be restricted to designated access points. The new theater would not increase student capacity and would benefit students, staff, and visitors.

Contact Information

Ara Zareczny
Agency Name
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Ara Zareczny
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Costa Mesa

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 2, CCR §15302, Replacement or Reconstruction; and Class 14, CCR §15314, Minor Additions to Schools
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves construction of a new 350-seat performing arts theater, the removal of a parking lot at the proposed site and relocation and modification of the bus drop off zone to support the new construction. The project would install improved security fencing surrounding the project and directing campus access to the main gates. Additional landscaped areas and entry plazas near the theater would be developed. No expansion of existing school capacity or changes in facility use would occur; therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA under Section 15302 and 15314. The proposed project was also reviewed for possible exceptions under Section 15300.2 and found that the exceptions do not apply. See Attachment to Notice of Exemption for further explanation of the evaluation, which is available for review at the Facilities Department, Building E.


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