Reasons for Exemption
The project has been determined to be categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. The categorical exemption described in CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 applies to projects that consist of 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 or use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agencies determination, for which the State has determined to be a class of projects that will not have a significant effect on the environment. The project qualifies for this exemption because it involves the leasing of an existing private structure for the operation of a commercial cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution facility and does not include any expansion of the structure beyond that existing at the time of review. Additionally, none of the exceptions set forth in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2, which would preclude a project from using a categorical exemption, are applicable.
Therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(2) since the project meets the criteria for use of the Existing Facilities categorical exemption (Class 1) and the application of that categorical exemption is not barred by one of the exceptions set forth in Section 15300.2. No additional environmental review is warranted or necessary.