Reasons for Exemption
Authentic El Cerrito LLC is taking over the existing 6,340 square foot building located at 10770 San Pablo Avenue. The building at 10770 San Pablo Avenue was formally a retail use. Under the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, the sale of Cannabis is classified as Retail Sales which is a permitted land use in the Transit-Oriented Mid-Intensity Mixed Use zoning district.
CEQA provides several "categorical exemptions" which are applicable to categories of projects and activities that the Lead Agency has determined generally do not pose a risk of significant impacts on the environment. The project consists primarily of a tenant improvements, which include new partitions, new non-load bearing walls, new finishes, new interior lighting, power, and new mechanical and plumbing. No additions are being proposed. The existing floor area will be maintained, and building exterior is being left alone with the exception of repainting the building and the addition of retail signage. The proposed action is categorically exempt under Section 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines, Existing Facilities, as it involves a single existing facility with negligible or no expansion of existing or former use and the existing facility is in an area where all public services and facilities are available to allow for maximum development permissible in the General Plan, and the area in which the existing facility is located are not environmentally sensitive.
The Project is not subject to any of the exceptions to the categorical exemptions listed in Section 15300.2 of the State CEQA Guidelines as it (1) will not impact environmental resources of hazardous or critical concern that are designated, precisely mapped and officially adopted by government agencies; (2) will not have a
significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; (3) will not contribute to cumulative environmental impact; (4) will not damage scenic resources within a designated state scenic highway; (5) is not on the list of Hazardous Waste and Substance Sites pursuant to Section 65962.2 of the Government Code; and (6) will not cause adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.