Reasons for Exemption
The project has been determined to be categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15305 (Minor Alterations in Land Use Limitations). CEQA Guidelines Section 15305 applies to projects that consist of minor alterations in land use limitations in areas with an average slope of less than 20% and do no result in any changes in land use or density, which the State has determined to be a class of projects that will not have a significant effect on the environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, minor lot line adjustments that do not result in the creation of any new parcels. The proposed project involves adjusting the shared lot line between 530 Ranch Road and 520 Ranch Road thereby adding 1,694 square feet of land with an average slope of less than 20% to the 530 Ranch Road parcel. No new parcels will be created by this lot line adjustment and the land use and density of the subject parcels will not change. Therefore, the proposed project is consistent with the exemption class description specified above. Furthermore, the Town considered the exceptions set forth in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2, which would preclude a project from using a categorical exemption, and determined that none of the exceptions are applicable to this project.