Reasons for Exemption
The proposed Project is consistent with the development density and use characteristics considered by the General Plan EIR in the High Density Residential land use designation. The Project consists of construction of new attached townhomes as a multi-family development and associated on-site improvements on a vacant parcel zoned RD-30. New construction on the Project site will comply with EGMC development standards for land grading and erosion control (Chapter 16.44), water efficient landscape requirements (Chapter 14.10) as well as EGMC Title 16 (Building and Construction), Chapter 16.50 (Flood Damage and Protection), and Title 22 (Land Development). Compliance with these standards has been included in the conditions of approval for the Project. In addition, as indicated in the Project description, construction of the proposed Project shall conform to the City’s adopted Climate Action Plan (CAP) for green building, EV ready, and construction monitoring. Staff added a condition for the Applicant to provide a pre-construction survey by a qualified biologist no more than 15 days prior to any proposed activities to ensure there is no habitat for any special bird species.