Reasons for Exemption
The Development is consistent with the applicable General Plan Land Use Designation of Downtown Mixed-Use and applicable General Plan policies, including LUD 3.2 (Mix of land uses). LUD 3.7 (Upgraded commercial areas), LUD 7.2 (Human scaled building details), and LUD 9.4 (Enhanced pedestrian activity), as well as applicable Downtown Precise Plan regulations; The project site is less than five acres, within the City limits, and surrounded by urban uses as defined under CEQA. The project site contains no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species, nor do buildings on the site qualify as a historic resource at the local, State, or Federal level. The project would not cause any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality because the project met City's Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Policy screening criteria based on its proximity to transit, local-serving retail land use. FAR higher than 0.75 and consistency with Plan Bay Area 2040, the Bay Area's Sustainable Communities Strategy, and parking provided does not exceed code requirements. The project was, therefore, presumed to have a "less-than-significant" impact on VMT. The project will be constructed to comply with applicable local, State and Federal noise and water quality regulations; and is below the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMB) screening levels and is conditioned to implement all the construction-related best management practices (BMPs) required by Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD); and the site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.