Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301; Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The reasons why the grant Agreement project is exempt under the above section are as follows: CEQA exemptions under California Code of Regulations, title 14, sections 15301 and 15306 apply. Section 15301; Existing Buildings; covers the operation, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. This project would replace existing exterior luminaires at various existing structures (e.g., on top of parking lot light poles) with more energy efficient, hybrid luminaires. Therefore, the project is exempt within section 15301 and will not have a significant effect on the environment. Section 15306 covers basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. This project will involve the development and evaluation of a hybrid powered area luminaire that lowers the energy consumption of exterior lighting compared to existing, grid-tied, non-dimmable, high-intensity discharge lighting. Prototype designs will be lab-tested in a research laboratory, prior to their use to replace existing exterior luminaires. This work will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. Therefore, the proposed project will have no significant effect on the environment and is categorically exempt under section 15306.
The project will not impact an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern where designated, precisely mapped, and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies; does not involve any cumulative impacts of successive projects of the same type in the same place that might be considered significant; does not involve unusual circumstances that might have a significant effect on the environment; will not result in damage to scenic resources within a highway officially designated as a state scenic highway; the project site is not included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5; and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource. Therefore, none of the exceptions to categorical exemptions listed in CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply to this project, and this project will not have a significant effect on the environment.