Sewer Line Replacement and Intrusive Tree Removal by Sheraton San Diego at Harbor Island


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Diego Unified Port District
Document Title
Sewer Line Replacement and Intrusive Tree Removal by Sheraton San Diego at Harbor Island
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project would involve replacement of damaged sewer lines and removal of existing trees that have damaged ground-level sewer lines by Sheraton San Diego (Tenant) in the City of San Diego, California. Work to specifically complete the proposed project would involve in-kind replacement of approximately 100 linear feet of cast iron sewer lines, repair of damaged concrete slab, removal of five ornamental (5) Ficus and fourteen (14) palm trees that resulted in sewer line damage, and planting of non-invasive plant species that would not impact the structural integrity of the building. Trees would be replaced at a one to one ratio at another location onsite. Construction of the proposed project is anticipated to occur in Spring 2021 and would take approximately one (1) month to complete. Due to its nature and limited scope, construction of the proposed project would generate a minor amount of vehicle trips and would require limited use of equipment. Therefore, significant impacts related to air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation and traffic are not anticipated to occur. Furthermore, the Tenant would be responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding construction demolition debris, hazards and hazardous materials, and stormwater.

Contact Information

Michael Paul
Agency Name
San Diego Unified Port District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
San Diego
Other Location Info
1590 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Existing Facilities (SG § 15301) (Class 1), and Replacement or Reconstruction (SG § 15302) (Class 2)
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 15302 (Replacement or Reconstruction) and Sections 3.a. and 3.b. of the District’s Guidelines for Compliance with CEQA because it consists of in-kind replacement of damaged pipelines and removal of intrusive trees, would involve no expansion of use beyond that previously existing, would not result in a significant cumulative impact due to the continuation of the existing use, would consist of the replacement of an existing facilities, would be located on the same site as the facilities replaced, and would have substantially the same purpose and capacity. 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.b. 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. AND/OR 3.b. Replacement or Reconstruction (SG § 15302) (Class 2): Includes replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure being replaced.
County Clerk
San Diego


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