Reasons for Exemption
The City’s approval of the East Avenue Q Complete Streets Study does not constitute the approval of a project for purposes of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The study qualifies under the common sense rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), which provides, that where it can be seen with certainly that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. The East Avenue Q Complete Streets Study consists of guidelines intended for the creation of a corridor that enhances safety and connectivity to future development and provides for multimodal access to the proposed location of the future multimodal high-speed rail station, it does not result in a physical change that could cause an impact to the environment and therefore is not subject to CEQA. Any future development application will be reviewed for CEQA compliance under a separate permit and the appropriate environmental document will be prepared to address project-specific impacts.