Reasons for Exemption
The whole of the Project is categorically exempt from CEQA under the Class 1 exemption set forth in State CEQA Guidelines section 15301. The Class 1 exemption applies to the "operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use." Notably, Section 15301 provides that the exemption applies to "exterior alterations involving such things as ... plumbing." (State CEQA Guidelines,§ 15301, subdivision (a).) The exemption also applies to "restoration or rehabilitation of deteriorated or damaged structure ... to meet current standards of public health and safety." (State CEQA Guidelines,§ 15301, subdivision (d).) Here, as discussed above, the Project includes new roof, drainage piping and catch basin, landscaping, grading improvements including concrete and pervious pavers in the walkways. These alteration and rehabilitation activities involve negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The Project is thus categorically exempt from CEQA.
None of the exceptions to the categorical exemptions apply here. The Project will not have any cumulative impacts; there is no reasonable possibility that the Project will have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; the Project does not affect any scenic highways or historical resources, and it is not located on a hazardous waste site.