Reasons for Exemption
In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) it has been determined that the creation and use of an office and laydown/storage area is exempt pursuant to the Categorical Exemption described in CEQA Guidelines Section 15304, Class 4. Minor Alterations to Land. 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. Examples include, but are not limited to: (e) Minor temporary use of land having negligible or no permanent effects on the environment, including carnivals, sales of Christmas trees, etc.
Also, in accordance with CEQA, it has been determined that the continued and ongoing use of an office an laydown/storage area – with no change to existing use or intent, is exempt pursuant to the Categorical Exemption described in CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, Class 1, Existing Facilities. Class 1 consists of 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 existing or former use. The key consideration is whether the project involves negligible or no expansion of use.