Reasons for Exemption
The City of Rancho Cucamonga adopted a comprehensive update to the City’s General Plan (GPU) and certified a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (SCH No. 2021050261) on December 15, 2021. As part of the GPU, the Project site was designated for “City Corridor – High” land uses, which allows for residential development at densities ranging from 36 to 60 dwelling units per acre (du/ac) and non-residential development at a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) ranging from 0.6 to 1.5. The GPU EIR assumed the Project site would be developed with 722 multi-family residential dwelling units and 337,154 square feet of commercial retail land uses, and analyzed this level of development intensity.
Pursuant to Section 15183(c) of the CEQA Guidelines, and as demonstrated by the CEQA Section 15183 Compliance Memorandum prepared for the Project, the Project is exempt from further environmental review because the Project is consistent with the general plan and zoning designation for the approximately 17.2-acre Project site, and the development density and use regulations established by the existing zoning and general plan for which an EIR was certified. The Project will not have one or more significant effects not discussed in the GPU EIR (i.e., peculiar impacts), nor have more severe effects than previously analyzed. No additional or different mitigation measures beyond those identified in the GPU EIR are required to reduce the impacts of the Project to a level of less than significant.