Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project was reviewed for potential exemptions and was found to satisfy the standard of Class 1 of Section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines. A Class 1 exemption consists of 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 City has found that the proposal consists of site improvements where there will be negligible expansion of the area. No mature trees will be removed as part of the project.
The application meets the standards for Section 15301(c) in that the construction will involve minimal to no land alteration in an area that is already developed and the soil is disturbed. The project site is not environmentally sensitive, and will not result in significant effects to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality with the construction of the new facilities. No significant adverse effects were identified during the evaluation process.
Therefore, the City of Whittier has 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.