Reasons for Exemption
The land exchange is categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to sections 15325 and 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. Section 15325 exempts transfers of ownership in land to preserve open space, habitat, or historical resources, and includes transfers that will preserve or restore natural conditions and preserve lands for park purposes. Section 15301 exempts the operation and maintenance of existing public or private structures, facilities, and topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of use, and includes maintenance of existing landscaping, native growth, and water supply reservoirs. The exchange will allow the Conservancy and City to more efficiently manage the subject parcels for open space and recreation purposes, operate existing storm water facilities, and manage historic or cultural resources. As the exchange is a change in ownership of real property that does not involve any new construction or change in the existing uses, and it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that it may have a significant effect on the environment, it is also exempt from CEQA pursuant to the “common sense” exemption in CEQA Guidelines 15061(b)(3). If a development project is proposed on any of the parcels included in the exchange in the future, the individual project would be subject to environmental review under CEQA once the scope of the project has been identified.