Reasons for Exemption
Staff has reviewed the Project and determined that it is categorically exempt from CEQA review pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15332 (In-fill Development). State CEQA Guidelines Section 15332 consists of projects characterized as in-fill development that meet the following conditions:
a) The project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations.
b) The proposed development occurs within city limits on a project site of no more than five acres substantially surrounded by urban uses.
c) The project site has no value, as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species.
d) Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
e) The site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
The Project consists of a Major Design Review for the construction of three new single-story warehouse buildings totaling approximately 35,600 square feet along with associated parking, landscaping, and lighting improvements. The Project was reviewed and found to be consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with application zoning designations and regulations. The Project site is within an urban area that is less than five acres in size and surrounded by other industrial and office uses. The Project site does not contain any habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species as the site is graded and does not have vegetation. Approval of the Project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality as it would be subject to the Elk Grove Municipal Code (EGMC) Chapter 16.44 related to Land Grading and Erosion Control and EGMC 6.32 related to Noise Control. The Project would also be subject to the City’s water efficient landscape ordinance and would be below the construction and operational air quality screening levels set forth in the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District CEQA Guide. Finally, the site will be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
In February 2019, the City Council adopted a new General Plan which relied on Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as a measure of transportation impacts. The Project consists of an industrial project that is under 50,000 square feet. Industrial projects less than 50,000 square feet are exempt from VMT analysis.
The Project complies with the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) for new non-residential development, including consistency with CAP measures related to energy efficiency (BE-4), photovoltaic installation (BE-7), pedestrian and bicycle travel (TACM-4), and electric vehicle charging (TACM-9).