San Ysidro High School Track and Field Rehabilitation


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sweetwater Union High School District
Document Title
San Ysidro High School Track and Field Rehabilitation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Existing High School

Document Description
SUHSD is proposing to rehabilitate the existing track and field stadium facility at San Ysidro High School to improve the experience of student athletes, the student body, and visitor's to school sporting events. Project components would include the replacement of the existing infilled synthetic turf field and rubberized track surface with similar materials (an additional lane would be added to the track), replacement of existing stadium halogen light fixtures with light emitting diode (LED) fixtures, replacement of existing paving around the perimeter of the rubberized track with new paving, and replacement of the existing public address system (and additional of an emergency intercom). Compared to existing halogen fixtures, fewer LED fixtures would be needed to illuminate the playing surfaces and bleacher areas. New paving in the southwestern corner would extend to the area currently occupied by long and triple jump pits. Additional components include an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant path of travel with parallel handrailing alongside the existing Visitor's side bus turnaround/access road. The new path of travel would be illuminated by evening hours of stadium use by overhead lights and connect to an existing sloped accessible ramp that provides access to the field level from the top of bleacher area. Also, an additional paved sloped access ramp is proposed on the Visitor's side of the field and would connect to the nearby bus turnaround to the Visitor's bleachers. A new accessible walkway is also proposed to be constructed from the general campus parking lot located off Otay Mesa Road to the existing fire access lane to the north of the campus stadium. Lastly, minor updates to the existing press box and men's and women's restroom facilities are planned to ensure compliance with ADA requirements.

Contact Information
Janea Quirk
Sweetwater Union High School District
Lead/Public Agency
1130 Fifth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Phone : (619) 585-4439

Sweetwater Union High School District
Project Applicant


San Diego
San Diego
Southern California
Cross Streets
Airway Road and Caliente Avenue
Parcel #
6450603400 and 6450603700
State Highways
State Route 905, I-805, I-5
Brown Field Municipal Airport
San Ysidro High School, Ocean View Hills School, Vista Del Mar

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301, Existing Facilities (Class 1)
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of lead agency’s determination (CEQA Guidelines Section 15301). The proposed project includes alterations to existing areas, facilities, and/or infrastructure of SYHS that are currently used for recreation and related access at the school. Minor alterations would include replacement of the existing synthetic field surface, rubberized track, field lighting (i.e., halogen lights would be replaced with fewer LED fixtures), PA system, pavement around the track, construction of ADA-compliant pathways, and installation of ADAcompliant features at the press box and men’s and women’s restrooms.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304, Minor Alterations to Land (Class 4)
Reasons for Exemption
Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes (CEQA Guidelines Section 15304). The proposed project would not involve the removal of healthy, mature, or scenic trees. Rather the proposed project would replace existing features at the SYHS track and field stadium and construct ADA compliant pathways. Refer to Proposed Project above for full description of project components.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15311, Accessory Structures (Class 11)
Reasons for Exemption
Class 11 consists of construction, or placement of minor structures accessory to (appurtenant to) existing commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities, including but not limited to: (a) On-premise signs; (b) Small parking lots; (c) Placement of seasonal or temporary use items such as lifeguard towers, mobile food units, portable restrooms, or similar items in generally the same locations from time to time in publicly owned parks, stadiums, or other facilities designed for public use (CEQA Guidelines Section 15311). In addition to the replacement of existing features at the SYHS track and field stadium, the proposed project would involve the installation of ADA-compliant features in restrooms and accessible pathways. These are considered small accessory structures


Environmental Document
Attachment A_FINAL   PDF 6910 K
Notice of Exemption
SYH NOE   PDF 1175 K

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