Reasons for Exemption
Sections §15301 Existing Facilities consists 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 of the existing or former use. The use of an existing room for a home office is a permitted use. The additional parking spaces for truck parking is a conditional use of the property and is a minor alteration to the existing agricultural operation. The existing barn used for the agricultural operation will continue to operate as such and the utilization of a small portion for storage of non-hazardous materials for the drywall business will provide negligible expansion of the existing use. Section §15304(a) Minor Alterations to Land exemptions consists of “grading on land with a slope of less than 10 percent.” The site is proposing minimal driveway and parking improvements. Aggregate Base will be utilized for the equipment storage, additional parking area, paths around the exiting building, and for the emergency access, which will provide safe year-round access. The proposed aggregate base access will also be used for carrying out agricultural activities and contribute to store agricultural equipment’s as well. All existing and proposed driveways will be surfaced with an all-weather surface for, provided access for all emergency vehicles serving the business on the property.