Reasons for Exemption
Permit Sonoma has determined that the project is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to the Provisions of Title 14 of the California Administrative Code, Section 15301 (Existing Facilities), which provides for negligible expansion of an existing use. The proposed agricultural events will allow three annual events including 150 attendees, which does not include the development of new structures.
A categorical exemption is also appropriate because the evidence supports the conclusion the project will not have a significant impact on local traffic conditions as determined by the Focused Traffic Study (W Trans, 12/4/2019) for the project concluded that the project is presumed to have a less than significant impact as farm dinners with 150 attendees would generate fewer than 136 trips and would not have an impact on local traffic conditions.
No exceptions listed under CEQA Section 15300.2 apply, including the “unusual circumstances” exception because the evidence in the record supports the conclusion that there is no reasonable possibility the Project will have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances. The evidence does not support a finding that an unusual circumstance exists and the water analysis and traffic analysis did not identify significant effects on the environment.