Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 – Existing Facilities: Class 1 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 existing or former use. The key consideration is whether the project involves negligible or no expansion of use. Class 1 (c) includes existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities. The project proposes installation of sensors to count vehicles and one dynamic sign at the Preserve parking lot. The project would not expand the existing use.
Section 15304 – Minor Alterations to Land: Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes. The project proposes minimal trimming to existing vegetation to accommodate the dynamic sign and solar panel repeaters. The existing vegetation is routinely pruned, and the proposed trimming is not considered an increased impact for this project.