Audrey Geisel University House Security Improvements - Revised Scope

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SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California San Diego
Document Title
Audrey Geisel University House Security Improvements - Revised Scope
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
There has been an increase in student and union-related activism that has focused increasingly on the Chancellor’s residence (the Audrey Geisel University House) with negative impacts for the residents and a constant threat of unauthorized access. After a security assessment was conducted by the UC San Diego Police Department, the campus was advised to improve security, most urgently to install access controls in the form of automated gates that will deter access by those not authorized to enter the property. The project would install two new security gates at the existing driveways. The North gate (main gate) will electronically operate with programmable remote devices, while the South gate will be manually operated and locked. The scope includes new electrical conduits for the main gate and repair of asphalt and landscaping in accordance with the University House Maintenance and Operations Plan. An approximately 50-foot-long by 2-foot-deep excavation is required to supply power to the automated gate. Five posts will be required to set the gate and entry pad. Each post would require an approximately 2-foot-square excavation approximately 2 feet deep. Security lighting would also be attached to existing trees/features, or the new gate posts in the vicinity of the driveways. No heavy equipment is required, other than a pickup truck and materials delivery truck. Trenching and post setting will be done using hand tools to minimize impacts. The University House is a designated historic structure; though the area the project is located within is not a contributing feature of the designation, the gate was designed to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Resource Rehabilitation. All excavation activity would be monitored by a Native American Monitor and qualified archaeologist. A Coastal Development Permit Exemption has been received from the California Coastal Commission.

Contact Information

Lauren Lievers
Agency Name
UC San Diego Campus Planning
Job Title
Principal Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
San Diego
Southern California
Cross Streets
630 La Jolla Farms Road
University of California San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of adding two gates to existing paved driveways leading to/from an existing residence. None of the exceptions to the exemption pursuant to 15300.2 apply.


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