Catalyst Kids Center Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Morgan Hill
Document Title
Catalyst Kids Center Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Catalyst Kids Center Project (proposed project) would consist of an 8,420-square foot daycare facility, comprised of three single-story buildings. The primary building would include four 500-square-foot classrooms, a staff room, kitchen, reception area, storage, laundry room, sickroom, and bathrooms. An internal trash enclosure would be constructed in the southern portion of the primary building and would be shielded from motorists, bicyclists, and/or pedestrians traveling past the project site. The remaining buildings would be located west of the primary building; and each would consist of two 500-square-foot classrooms. The buildings would not exceed the maximum allowed height of 30 feet, as the maximum proposed building height is 27 feet. The proposed project would include two recreation areas. First, a 2,075-square-foot outdoor toddler playground would be located in a central courtyard, between the buildings. The playground would be equipped with various children’s recreational features. The ground would be overlain with rubber safety surfacing and synthetic turf. A large canopy shade tree would be planted in a central area of the playground. Security fencing would be installed along the playground’s western perimeter, composed of tubular steel rails and standing six feet high. Secondly, an infant playground would be located north of the northernmost building. Similar to the toddler playground, the infant playground would be overlain with rubber safety surfacing and rubber turf and would feature security fencing. Combined between the two playgrounds, a total of 170 linear feet of security fencing would be installed. The proposed project would require the City’s approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Design Permit.

Contact Information

Tiffany Brown
Agency Name
City of Morgan Hill Development Services Department
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Morgan Hill
Santa Clara
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Barrett Avenue/Butterfield Boulevard
Total Acres
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15332, Class 32
Reasons for Exemption
Article 19 of the CEQA Guidelines, Sections 15300 through 15333, includes a list of classes of projects that have been determined to not have a significant effect on the environment, and are therefore exempt from CEQA. As demonstrated throughout the Categorical Exemption Memorandum prepared by the City, the proposed project qualifies for exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15332, Class 32. For example, the proposed project would be consistent with the General Plan land use designation of Commercial, and thus, would meet Criterion 15332(a). In addition, the project would meet Criterion 15332(b), as the site is less than five acres and within the City limits, is bound by Butterfield Boulevard to the east and Barrett Avenue to the south, and is generally surrounded by existing development on all sides. The project site does not support habitat for rare, threatened, or endangered species and the applicant would be subject to payment of all applicable development fees according to the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (SCVHP). Thus, the proposed project would meet Criterion 15332(c). Furthermore, the proposed project would not result in any significant environmental effects related to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality. The project can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services. As such, the proposed project would meet Criterion 15332(d) and 15332(e), respectively. It should also be noted that exceptions to the exemptions under CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 would not apply to the proposed project. Therefore, the proposed project would be considered exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15332, Class 32.
County Clerk
Santa Clara


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