Reasons for Exemption
The project meets the CEQA criteria for a categorical exemption from environmental review under Class 1 (15401) and Class 4 (15304).
Section 15301 of the California Code of Regulations defines a Class 1 categorical exemption as “the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination.” In the case of this program, there will be no expansion of use, as it applies to existing agricultural operations.
Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes. This program consists of minor alterations to the land at the agricultural operations and will be limited to improved soil condition of agricultural operations. These practices do not result in physical changes to the environment, damage to scenic resources, historic resources or create significant environmental or cumulative impacts, due to being implemented on existing farms.