Reasons for Exemption
The City Council has made the following determinations pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15332:
a. The project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations. The General Plan Land Use on the 11.39-acre parcel is split between High Density Residential and Medium Low Density Residential, with the project site situated on the Medium Low Density Residential Area. However, the City Council has determined, consistent with Attorney General Opinion 83-804 (67 Cal.Ops.Atty.Gen. 75) that the General Plan Land Use may be shifted within the parcel, and therefore the project is consistent with the High Density Residential Land Use and applicable objective policies. Pursuant to Gov. Code Section 65589.5(j)(4), the project is not required to comply with the standards of the R-1 zone. Subject to the provisions of the Housing Accountability Act, the project is however consistent with the provisions of the R-3 zone as may be modified pursuant to density bonus law.
b. The proposed development occurs on a site within city limits on a project site of no more than five acres substantially surrounded by urban uses. The project site is 3.5 acres in size and is abutted by urban development on three sides (or 75%) of its exterior boundary, meeting the definition of “substantially surrounded.”
c. The project site has no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species. The highly disturbed site is substantially surrounded by urban uses, has historically been used for agriculture, and has been disked regularly for weed control and thus does not have habitat value.
d. Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality. The project is specifically designed to reduce or minimize effects related to traffic and air quality as required pursuant to the AHSC Program via purchase of electric vehicles, installation of solar charging facilities, construction of bicycles facilities, trails, and sidewalks. Noise levels are expected to be consistent with the similar multifamily development existing to the west and east. The project is required to comply with the provisions of the Regional Water Quality Control Board and will utilize the City’s existing basin and stormwater conveyance facilities.
e. The site can adequately be served by all required utilities and public services. The existing water, wastewater, and storm drainage facilities in place adjacent to the site were installed with the intention that they would serve residential development of the project site. The site is within a quarter mile of the City of Parlier Police Department on S. Mendocino Avenue and less than one-half mile from the Fresno County Fire Protection District/CAL FIRE station on E. Parlier Avenue. Mid Valley Disposal will provide sold waste service. The project will include a bus turnout to accommodate a route for the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency.
The City Council has made the following determination pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301:
The installation of new bicycle lanes within existing right-of-way on Tuolumne Street, lighted crosswalks within existing right-of-way on Tuolumne Street and S. Newmark Avenue, the bike park, and bulb-outs within existing rights-of-way on Tuolumne Street, S. Madsen Avenue, E. Parlier Avenue, and S. Whitener Avenue fall within the exemption detailed in Section 15301(c) and (f).
The City Council has made the following determination pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15303:
Installation of sidewalk/trail on the west side of S. Newmark Avenue from E. Parlier Avenue to 3rd Street falls within the exemption detailed in Section 15303.