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 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) and Sections 3.a. and 3.c. of the District’s Guidelines for Compliance with CEQA because it consists of installation of telecommunications equipment to improve existing facilities, would not result in a significant cumulative impact due to the continuation of the existing use, and would consist of installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures. The District has determined none of the six exceptions to the use of a categorical exemption apply to this project (CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2).Sections 3.a. and 3.c. 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.\
(7) Existing facilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility service.
3.c. New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures (SG § 15303) (Class 3): Includes construction of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and conversion of existing small structures from one use to another with minor modifications to the exterior of the structure.