Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is determined to be Categorically Exempt pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Sections 15301 (Existing Facilities) and 15302 (Replacement or Reconstruction) and Sections 3.a. and 3.b. of the District’s Guidelines for Compliance with CEQA because the units are replacing previously installed EV charging stations with newer technology and will connect to an existing conduit. The District has determined none of the six exceptions to the use of a categorical exemption apply to this project because the proposed site is an existing underground parking garage that is not a particularly sensitive environment or a hazardous waste site; and the proposed project would not result in damage to scenic resources, would not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource, would not create a significant cumulative impact, and finally, would not have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances (CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2). Sections 3.a. and 3.b. of the District’s CEQA Guidelines are as follows:
3.a. Existing Facilities (SG § 15301) (Class 1): Includes operation, repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that previously existing, including but not limited to:
7) Existing facilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility service.
3.b. Replacement or Reconstruction (SG § 15302) (Class 2): Includes replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure being replaced.