Design Review (DR 21-114) and Use Permit (UP 21-226) - The Conservatory


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Document Title
Design Review (DR 21-114) and Use Permit (UP 21-226) - The Conservatory
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Design Review and Use Permit Application (DR 21-114 and UP 21-226) for the establishment of a music recording studio and remodel and structural seismic retrofit of an historic 5,857 sf structure, including the addition of a 986 sf interior balcony, staircase, elevator, a 20 sf basement addition, install new solar panel array, new skylight and exterior windows to the China Arts Building located at Dolores 2 Northwest of 7th in the Central Commercial (CC) Zoning District and Downtown Conservation District (CD) Overlay

Contact Information

Evan Kort
Agency Name
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Job Title
Associate Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Dolores Street 2 northwest of 7th Avenue
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15303 (Class 3) – New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), State CEQA guidelines, and local environmental regulations, pursuant to Section 15303 (Class 3) – New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures. Class 3 exemptions include the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. The project consists of a seismic retrofit and remodel an historic building previously used as a museum/art gallery into a private multi-story, music recording studio. The project also includes a complete interior remodel with the addition of a new elevator and stairway enclosure on the roof, a new skylight, new windows and doors, and a new “sound lock” entry. The proposed project does not present any unusual circumstances that would result in a potentially significant environmental impact and no exceptions to the exemption exist pursuant to section 15300.2 of the CEQA Guidelines.
County Clerk


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