Empowerment Park


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
Empowerment Park
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed Empowerment Park Project (Project) consists of the development of a 1.54-acre public park located at the northeast corner of Bell Street and Irma Way in unincorporated Sacramento County. The proposed neighborhood-sized park would offer such amenities as playground area 2-5, playground area 5-12, water play zone, bankshot court, social areas, shade structure, raised-bed community garden, and open space. Associated site improvements include on-site parking, lighting, and landscaping.

Contact Information

Jerry Park
Agency Name
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Bell Street and Irma Way
Total Acres
Parcel #
285-0221-001, 285-0280-037, 285-0280-038
Other Location Info
The Project site is situated on three parcels that includes a vacant parcel located at 1124 Bell Street, and the vacant portions of two parcels located at 1003 and 1007 Clinton Road; APNs: 285-0221-001, 285-0280-037 and -038, respectively. The Clinton Road parcels are partially developed with a single-family residence on each parcel.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Common Sense Exemption (CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3))
Reasons for Exemption
SMUD has reviewed the proposed project and has identified that it qualifies for an exemption from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) (Common Sense Exemption) of the State CEQA Guidelines (Division 6 of Chapter 3 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations). The activity is covered by the common sense exemption that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. No special circumstances exist that the proposed Project would create a significant adverse effect on the environment (i.e. no sensitive species or habitats, no hazardous sites, no scenic highways, no historic resources, etc.). Therefore, the proposed project qualifies for the exemption under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15061(b)(3); no further environmental review is required.
County Clerk


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