Type, Section or Code
(CEQA PRC §21080(b)(9), 21084; CEQA Guidelines §15303, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, §15304, Minor
Reasons for Exemption
Under CEQA Guidelines § 15062, a lead agency must identify the rationale for making the determination that a project is exempt under CEQA. SMUD has determined that the Crystal Creamery Substation Expansion Project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines § 15303(c), New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, which reads, “Class 3 consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure...” and “(d) Water main, sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction.” SMUD has also determined that the Crystal Creamery Substation Expansion Project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines §15304(c), which reads, “Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees expect for forestry or agricultural purposes.” The Crystal Creamery Substation Project involves construction of limited new small facilities and minor alterations to the land, and therefore is considered exempt in accordance with CEQA Guidelines §15303 and §15304.