SM Ford Cell Site Modification (Planning Application RSM 22-001)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
Document Title
SM Ford Cell Site Modification (Planning Application RSM 22-001)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A Changed Plan to authorize minor modifications to an existing wireless communication facility at the Santa Margarita Ford dealership. The proposed modifications include the installation of four rounded dormer vents to the tower roof and the replacement of antennas and related equipment within the existing tower. The replacement of the antennas and related equipment is an Eligible Facilities Request pursuant to Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012. Because the project includes the installation of new dormer vents to the tower roof, a Changed Plan is required. According to the Applicant, the project will enhance and support existing wireless service for Verizon subscribers in the City.

Contact Information

Derek Bingham
Agency Name
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
Job Title
Associate Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Rancho Santa Margarita
Southern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 Class 1: Existing Facilities & Section 15311 Class 11: Accessory Structures
Reasons for Exemption
Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Sections 15301 (Existing Facilities) and 15311 (Accessory Structures), the proposed project is exempt from CEQA under the Class 1 and Class 11 categorical exemptions since the project involves the installation of minor accessory structures, new rooftop dormer vents, to an existing tower that houses an existing wireless communication facility. The project includes no expansion of the existing building footprint and project site area beyond the existing project site area. Furthermore, all necessary public services and facilities are already available to the project site, and approval of the project will not result in significant adverse effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
County Clerk


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