Reasons for Exemption
The Project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (Existing Facilities). 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 of use beyond the existing or former use. The Applicant currently utilizes the space as an art gallery studio that proposes to add tattoo studio component and no expansion of the existing space is proposed. The Project involves negligible expansion of use because it involves a Conditional Use Permit to allow a tattoo studio within an existing building. Minor interior alterations such as plumbing and electrical are proposed. All activities would occur within the facility and be screened from public view. The public parking lot between Bob’s Club and the School of Rock provides 25 parking spaces. As the proposed tattoo studio would require only two spaces as compared to the existing art gallery requirement of two spaces, the proposed used would not result in the need for additional parking spaces. The Project site is in an area where all public services and facilities are available and is not environmentally sensitive. No special circumstances exist that would create a reasonable possibility that granting a Conditional Use Permit would create a significant adverse effect on the environment.