Reasons for Exemption
Section 15061(b)(3) provides an exemption from environmental review pursuant to CEQA for projects where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA.
If approved, this project will change the General Plan designation and zoning of a limited (or specific) number of parcels to an Agriculture-Industrial (A/I) General Plan designation and the corresponding Agriculture Industrial (AI) zoning. In addition to the permitted uses in the General Agriculture zone, the change in General Plan designation and zoning will expand the permitted uses to include truck parking and truck sales subject to a land use permit. Ministerial approval of truck parking is limited to truck parking projects with a maximum number of 25 permitted trucks, trailers or combination thereof and any provided office space is less than 1,000 square feet in size. Ministerial approval of a truck sales project is limited to 12,500 square feet or less of building space. Any project that exceeds these thresholds will require a discretionary application that is subject to CEQA. Due to the limited area and number of permitted trucks, trailers, or combination thereof without a discretionary application, approval of the project does not have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment.
Section 15183 provides an exemption from additional environmental review for projects that are consistent with the development density established by existing zoning, community plan, or general plan policies for which an Environmental Impact Report was certified, except as it might be necessary pursuant to that section.
The County’s General Plan EIR was certified on December 13, 2016. The General Plan EIR comprehensively evaluated environmental impacts that would result from the General Plan’s implementation, including information relating to existing site conditions, analysis of the types and magnitude of project level and cumulative environmental impacts, and feasible mitigation measures that could reduce or avoid environmental impacts. This project, which is a truck parking ordinance, is consistent with development density established by existing General Agricultural designation and zone and has been analyzed to find: 1) there are no specific effects which are peculiar to this project that the General Plan EIR failed to analyze, 2) there are no environmental effects of this project that were not analyzed as significant effects in the General Plan EIR, 3) there are no potentially significant off-site and/or cumulative impacts from this project that the General Plan EIR failed to evaluate, and 4) there is no substantial new information which would result in more severe impacts of this project than anticipated by the General Plan EIR.