Reasons for Exemption
Further environmental review is not required under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 (Consistency with a General Plan, Community Plan, or Zoning). State CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 (Public Resources Code §21083.3), provides that projects which are consistent with a Community Plan, General Plan, or Zoning for which an environmental impact report (EIR) has been certified “shall not require additional environmental review, except as might be necessary to examine whether there are project-specific significant effects which are peculiar to the project or its site.” An EIR was prepared and certified by the City Council as part of the City’s General Plan Housing Element Update in 2014 (SCH No. 2013082012), which analyzed the Project site for the development of high-density residential dwellings. In February 2019, the City Council adopted a new General Plan which relied on Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as a measure of transportation impacts. The Project is high density low-income housing on a high-density housing site as designated in the Housing Element, which is exempt from VMT analysis.