Reasons for Exemption
The Project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (Existing Facilities). Section 15301 applies to the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. The Project proposes to co-locate three new Dish Wireless antennas, six remote radio units (RRUs), and ancillary tower equipment on an existing 85’-0” tall monopine, a cellular tower designed to look like a pine tree. There will be no changes to the overall height of the tower. A new 8’ x 10’ lease area at ground level within an existing fenced area will feature one (1) new equipment cabinet and other associated equipment. There will be no changes to the overall height of the tower. The additional antennas will not introduce any new uses not already existing at the site. Staff reviewed the proposed Project and did not find any evidence that special circumstances exist that would create a reasonable possibility that the proposed Project will have a significant adverse effect on the environment. Therefore, the proposed Project qualifies for the exemption under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, and therefore, no further environmental review is required.