Central Utility Plant Modernization Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021010381
Public Agency
California State University, Fresno
Document Title
Central Utility Plant Modernization Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/29/2021
Present Land Use
Existing central heating and cooling plant

Document Description
Refurbish and modernize the existing central heating and cooling plant

Contact Information
Tinnah Medina
California State University, Fresno
Lead/Public Agency
2351 E. Barstow Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740

Phone : (559) 278-2373
tinnahcm@csufresno.edu

California State University, Fresno
Project Applicant

Location

Cities
Fresno
Counties
Fresno
Regions
Northern California
Cross Streets
Cedar Ave. & Shaw Ave.
Zip
93740

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
(CEQA Guidelines §15302, State class number: Class 2)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is categorically exempt under Class 2 (Replacement or Reconstruction), having met the conditions set forth in CEQA Guidelines §15302. The Project would fall under Class 2 as it would modernize and refurbish the Central Utility Plant and replace the distribution piping, while not increasing the production capacity over existing conditions. Additionally, the Project does not meet any of the exceptions for taking a categorical exemption, under CEQA Guidelines §15300.2. The Project is also statutorily exempt from CEQA, as the solar PV system portion of the Project would meet all conditions of CEQA Guidelines §21080.35. The proposed solar PV portion of the project does not include a substation (PRC CEQA Statute §21080.35[b][2]), nor transmission or distribution facilities; is located on the same parcel of the buildings to be served; does not occupy more than 500 square feet of ground surface; does not occupy an area that contains plants protected by the Native Plant Protection Act; does not require an individual permit pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, waste discharge requirements pursuant to the California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, an individual take permit for species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act or the California Endangered Species Act, and/or a streambed alteration permit pursuant to California Fish and Game Code (PRC §21080.35[d]); and does not remove a tree required to be planted, maintained, or protected pursuant to local, state, or federal requirements or a native tree over 25 years old (PRC §21080.35[e]).
Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
(CEQA Statute §21080.35)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is categorically exempt under Class 2 (Replacement or Reconstruction), having met the conditions set forth in CEQA Guidelines §15302. The Project would fall under Class 2 as it would modernize and refurbish the Central Utility Plant and replace the distribution piping, while not increasing the production capacity over existing conditions. Additionally, the Project does not meet any of the exceptions for taking a categorical exemption, under CEQA Guidelines §15300.2. The Project is also statutorily exempt from CEQA, as the solar PV system portion of the Project would meet all conditions of CEQA Guidelines §21080.35. The proposed solar PV portion of the project does not include a substation (PRC CEQA Statute §21080.35[b][2]), nor transmission or distribution facilities; is located on the same parcel of the buildings to be served; does not occupy more than 500 square feet of ground surface; does not occupy an area that contains plants protected by the Native Plant Protection Act; does not require an individual permit pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, waste discharge requirements pursuant to the California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, an individual take permit for species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act or the California Endangered Species Act, and/or a streambed alteration permit pursuant to California Fish and Game Code (PRC §21080.35[d]); and does not remove a tree required to be planted, maintained, or protected pursuant to local, state, or federal requirements or a native tree over 25 years old (PRC §21080.35[e]).

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
FresnoState_CentralUtilityPlant_NOE_Clean_w-TMSig_01   PDF 190 K

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