Reasons for Exemption
On July 9, 2014, the City Council certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Southeast Policy Area (SEPA) (SCH No. 2013042054). The SEPA EIR analyzed the entire SEPA area based upon the land plan, development standards, and policies contained in the Community Plan and Special Planning Area. The EIR adequately addressed environmental issues related to the development of the subject property. The Esplanade West Tentative Map Project was approved in conformity with the adopted Specific Plan. The setting for the Project has not significantly changed since the certification. Surrounding properties have either remained undeveloped or have developed in accordance with SEPA and Elk Grove Municipal Code (EGMC), which was anticipated as part of the original project. The Design Review submittal requests approval of the submitted master house plans which are consistent with the Esplanade West Tentative Map project as well as the SEPA land use plan, development standards, and Architectural Style Guide. Staff has determined that the certified EIR and adopted Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP) are sufficient and no further environmental review is required, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15162, which identifies the requirements for which subsequent analysis is required.