Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Section 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The County of San Diego has already implemented the 2006 ALUCP policies and standards into its zoning code. These regulations already restrict development of new noise-sensitive land uses (e.g., educational, or institutional) within noise contour ranges, and the project maintains at least the same residential density and nonresidential intensity limits established in the 2006 ALUCP. The noise and safety compatibility policies of the project therefore remain consistent with the adopted 2006 ALUCP and current County zoning.
The primary effect of the project would result from the shifting of some noise contours and safety zone boundaries and the corresponding application of differing ALUCP standards. A displacement analysis comparing the total amount of development potential under the County’s current zoning with the amount that could be supported under the project concluded that more residential units could be accommodated under the project and, assuming a pattern of median growth, only a small fraction (less than three percent) of the nonresidential development potential might be displaced due to less permissive ALUCP standards or adjustments made to the boundaries of the noise and safety combability zones. It should be noted that the project safety zones shift so that some parts of the AIA will be subject to more permissive safety standards, providing new development opportunities for certain land uses.
However, any potential development is speculative, as is the potential impact of the project on limiting such development. Even if fractional capacities for development of certain properties were limited by the project, there is sufficient undeveloped land located within Ramona within other noise contours or safety zones or entirely outside of the limiting noise contours and safety zones that is zoned to accommodate any potentially displaced development.
Thus, the project could not have a significant impact on the environment. There would be no potential displacement of existing land uses or populations elsewhere as a result of the project, and, thus, it would neither induce nor prohibit growth which might occur in the absence of the project. As an update to an existing plan already implemented by the local agency, the project would not conflict with any land use plan, policy, or regulation adopted for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating an environmental effect. There are no direct, indirect, or cumulatively considerable impacts created by the project because it does not result in any significant environmental impacts. The ALUCP as a project is therefore exempt from CEQA.