San Ysidro High School Campus Improvements

Summary

SCH Number
2021050591
Public Agency
Sweetwater Union High School District
Document Title
San Ysidro High School Campus Improvements
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
5/27/2021

Document Description
The proposed project entails the replacement of Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) portable classrooms with new permanent buildings and other campus improvements at San Ysidro High School (SYHS) in the community of Otay Mesa, in the City of San Diego, California. Additional improvements include new drill and physical fitness yards at the JROTC complex, and a new campus marque sign. The proposed project would be constructed entirely within the existing boundaries of SYHS.

Contact Information
Janea Quirk
Sweetwater Union High School District
Lead/Public Agency
1130 Fifth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Phone : (619) 585-4439
Janea.Quirk@sweetwaterschools.org

Location

Cities
Chula Vista
Counties
San Diego
Regions
Citywide
Cross Streets
5353 Airway Road
Zip
92154

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Accessory Structures, Section 15311, Class 11; In-Fill Development, Section 15332, Class 32
Reasons for Exemption
Accessory Structures (Class 11): The proposed project includes the construction of a new LED marquee (i.e., sign) on campus property near the existing monument sign at the Airway Road/Caliente Avenue intersection. Because on-premise signs and small parking expressly listed as examples for accessory structures, the new campus marquee is exempt from CEQA review under the Class 11 categorical exemption. Class 32 (In-Fill Development): The proposed project includes the demolition of existing JROTC portable classrooms and the construction of new modern (and permanent) JROTC buildings as well as new drill and physical fitness yards (the yards would be adjacent to the new buildings). The CEQA Guidelines provide several requirements to meet this definition-each of which are satisfied here. For example, the proposed project's JR OTC component (and more broadly, the proposed project) would not conflict with any applicable land use plan, policy, or regulation. The project site has a General Plan designation of Institutional and the campus is zoned AR-1-1 and RM-1-1. Despite the City zones applied to the site, the Institutional land use designation permits non-profit or quasi-public use or institution such as church, library, public or private school, hospital, or municipally owned or operated building, structure or land use for public purpose. Further, the JROTC building site is located on the existing SYHS campus, is less than five acres (the site is approximately 0.50 acres), and is surrounded by Airway Road, SR-905, and SYHS facilities. Lastly, the proposed project (including the JROTC component) would not result in new significant environmental impacts. Please also see Attachment A to this form that further details the existing environmental setting, proposed project components, and construction activities. Exceptions to the exemptions do not apply: Location: The proposed project is not located in a sensitive location. Rather, the project site is located at an existing high school. The project site is not located on an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern. For these reasons, this exception has no application here. Cumulative Impact. The proposed project would not result in a significant impact. Compliance with applicable land use and environmental regulations, would ensure that environmental effects associated with the proposed project do not combine with effects from reasonably foreseeable future development in the City to cause cumulatively considerable significant impacts. Please also see Attachment A for additional detail. Significant Effect The proposed project would not result in a significant impact. Further, the project site is not located in an environmentally sensitive location and the nature of the project would not create any unusual circumstances by which the project would result in a significant impact. Therefore, this exception has no application here. Scenic Highway. The project site is not located within the vicinity of a state scenic highway. The SYHS campus is approximately 1.5 miles northeast of the nearest State Scenic Highway (1-5 is an eligible state scenic highway from the international border north to approximately SR-75) and thus, would not have a significant adverse impact on scenic resources within a State Scenic Highway. As such, the proposed project would not affect scenic resources, such as state scenic highways, in the area. Therefore, this exception has no application here. Hazardous Waste Site. The project site does not contain a hazardous waste site that is included on any list complied pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the Government Code. See Attachment A to this form for additional detail. Therefore, this exception has no application here. Historical Resources. The proposed project site is located on a developed portion of the existing SYHS campus. The proposed project would not involve the demolition of any structures or other campus facilities that could potentially be considered historical resources. Therefore, a substantial adverse
County Clerk
San Diego

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE_San Ysidro High School Campus Improvements   PDF 7219 K

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