GGNRA Hawk Hill Access Improvements Phase 3


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
GGNRA Hawk Hill Access Improvements Phase 3
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Golden Gate Parks Conservancy will complete the final phase of the Hawk Hill Access Improvements within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The project will improve visitor access and safety and rehabilitate structures. This will include new interpretive and wayfinding signs, new guardrails and railings, and a new concrete seat wall. Accessibility improvements will include new trail surface for approximately 900 linear feet of trail. Finally, the project will construct a viewing platform on top of an existing concrete structure and re-vegetate any areas that had been disturbed during construction.

Contact Information

Peter Jarausch
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
The project is located on Hawk Hill in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 CCR section 15301, 14 CCR Section 15303, 14 CCR Section 15304, 14 CCR Section 15333
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15304 exempts minor alternations in the condition of land, water, and vegetation. The trail rehabilitation and other improvements to the site, including native plantings will involve minor trenching and backfilling and the area will be restored once the trail construction is complete. Section 15303 exempts the new construction of small structures including accessory buildings. The project will turn an existing historic radar facility into a viewing platform by constructing a short bridge to it, and will construct a new seat wall to accommodate visitors. The restoration of native plants and vegetation is categorically exempt under § 15333, which exempts small habitat restoration projects not exceeding five acres in size, to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of habitat for fish, plants, or wildlife. These activities meet the additional conditions of this exemption in that there would be no significant adverse impact on endangered, rare or threatened species or their habitat; there are no hazardous materials at or around the site; and the project will not result in significant impacts when viewed in connection with the effects of past, present, or probably future projects.
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