Reasons for Exemption
This project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to statutory exemption Section 15269(c), Emergency Projects; categorical exemption (Class 1) Section 15301, Existing Facilities; and categorical exemption (Class 4) Section 15304, Minor Alterations to Land. The project includes minor alterations to vegetation through hazardous fuel reduction activities within an existing facility necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency and no expansion of use would result. The project is located adjacent to areas that burned in the Tubbs and Nuns fires (2017) and the Glass Fire (2020), which combined, resulted in the loss of approximately 6,000 structures. Multiple years of drought conditions locally resulted in Governor Newsom’s proclamation of a state of emergency for Sonoma County on April 21, 2021, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declaring a drought emergency on April 27, 2021, due to drought conditions, indicating that the 2021 fire season could be severe as well. The project is located within a popular regional park in Santa Rosa’s Wildland Urban Interface and in an area for high potential for fire risk to public health, safety and welfare of neighboring residents. There are no facts or circumstances specific to this project that would support an exception to the categorical exemption. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply. No work would take place within sensitive habitat, including wetlands or within 100 feet of a creek and no ground disturbance, such as excavation, would take place.