Reasons for Exemption
The pump house, fire water line main, domestic water line, and retaining wall are categorically exempt from environmental review under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15301 (Class 1) Existing Facilities and 15303 (Class 3) New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures. Section 15301 Existing Facilities exempts minor alterations to existing structures or facilities, including utility services, involving negligible or no expansion of use. The proposed pump station and associated water lines would represent a minor alteration to the existing water distribution system and would qualify for an exemption under this classification. Section 15303 New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, exempts the new construction of small structures, including accessory structures. The proposed pump house also would be exempt under this classification. The proposed retaining wall, at a maximum height of approximately 14 feet, would constitute accessory structures and would qualify for an exemption under this classification. Additionally, the retaining wall and associated minor earthwork would qualify for an exemption under Section 15304 Minor Alterations to Land. None of the exceptions to the categorical exemptions identified under CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 would apply to the proposed project.