Hollywood Temporary Laydown Yard


SCH Number
Public Agency
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Document Title
Hollywood Temporary Laydown Yard
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The intent of the yard (as originally developed and as it has been used since 2016) is to provide water distribution crews working on replacing the aging water infrastructure in the area a temporary reporting location and material staging area to improve efficiency and minimize the impact to the neighborhood during construction. Since 2016, six projects have been supported by the use of this site allowing efficient staging and storage for the replacement of aging infrastructure, thereby minimizing impacts to the broader area. The use of the yard has been so effective and efficient for LADWP, that in the development and forecasting of other necessary mainline replacement projects in the general area, LADWP proposes to continue using the laydown yard as a staging area for local mainline replacement projects. The site as conceived, executed and currently operating has consisted of a generally open lot graded and compacted with aggregate base material. No permanent structures have been or will be constructed onsite. Three portable construction trailers, consisting of two (2) 8-foot by 28-foot trailers, and one (1) 24-foot by 60-foot trailer are located along the south east side of the site. Remaining portions of the property are used for construction crew member parking (approx. 25 vehicles a day) and/or material and equipment storage. The fence surrounding the laydown yard meets typical specifications used by LADWP in residential areas and include privacy screens that resemble hedging, as well as noise dampening panels. Additionally, native and drought tolerant landscaping has been installed around the laydown yard. Power and water are being supplied to the site from existing, nearby utility connections. Minor utility improvements already completed included the installation of one fire hydrant for fire protection and stormwater drainage improvements to prevent slope erosion. No sewer line has or will be installed. Outside of the hours of operation only motion sensor security lighting and security cameras are utilized onsite. Typical hours of operation at the site have been and will remain between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. At the completion of the intended use, the site will be restored to its existing condition, including re-vegetation through hydroseeding.

Contact Information

Nadia Parker
Agency Name
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
Cahenga Blvd E and Wonderview Dr
Total Acres
State Highways
Valley View Elementary

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304-Class 4 and 15301-Class 1
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.


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