Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project was reviewed for potential exemptions and was found to satisfy the standards of Class 1 of Section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines. A Class 1 exemption consists of restoration or rehabilitation of deteriorated or damaged facilities to meet current standards of public health and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the items replaced.
The application meets the standards for Section 15301 in that the deteriorated playground surface will be in the same location. The project site is owned by the City of Whittier. None of the project site is designated as environmentally sensitive and the replacement of the playground surface will not result in significant effects to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality with the construction of the new facilities. None of the exceptions described in CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 are applicable. No significant adverse effects were identified during the evaluation process.
Therefore, the City of Whittier determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment and a Notice of Exemption will be filed pursuant to Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines.