Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project qualifies for an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15301 (d), Class 1 Existing Facilities. CEQA Guidelines list classes of projects that have been determined not to affect the environment significantly and, as a result, are exempt from review under CEQA.
Among the classes of projects that are exempt from CEQA review are those projects that are specifically identified as existing facilities. CEQA Guidelines, Section 15301 defines Class 1 consisting of the operation, repair, maintenance, per-mitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The types of “existing facilities” itemized below are not intended to be all-inclusive of the types of projects which might fall within Class 1. The key consid-eration is whether the project involves negligible or no expansion of use. For this particular project, 15301 (d) is applica-ble:
Restoration or rehabilitation of deteriorated or damaged structures, facilities, or mechanical equipment to meet current standards of public health and safety, unless it is determined that the damage was substantial and resulted from an envi-ronmental hazard such as earthquake, landslide, or flood.
As a result, the project qualifies for a Categorical Exemption pursuant to the CEQA’s requirements for an “existing facility” within an urbanized area.