Reasons for Exemption
The City Measure is not a “project” under CEQA (PRC § 21065 and CEQA Guidelines § 15378(a)) as the City Measure is not a “project” that may cause a direct, or reasonably foreseeable indirect, physical change in the environment. In addition, even if the City Measure were considered to be a “project”, it would be exempt under the “common sense” exception (CEQA Guidelines § 15061(b)(3)) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that this action may have a significant effect on the environment. The City measure does not propose or permit any new development, nor does it increase or change in any way the land use, density, or development regulations applicable to any property. If approved by the voters, the City Measure will only extend the expiration date of current limitations on growth already in place as part of the existing Urban Limit Line. Any additional action by the City that may be taken pursuant to the authority the City Measure affords the City Council regarding the potential to amend the location of the Urban Limit Line is speculative and uncertain and will require subsequent discretionary actions that would be analyzed in compliance with CEQA before the City takes any such additional action and approves any related project.