Reasons for Exemption
Adoption of the proposed ordinance to amend Sonoma County Code Chapter 15, Article VI “Procedure or the Permitting of Special Events” in the public right of way is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and provisions of Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations, Section II, pursuant to the categorical exemptions 14 CCR Sections §§ 15323, 15301, and 15061(b)(3), as an action that regulates the normal operation of existing public facilities (public rights of way) for public gatherings, where public rights of way have a past history over at least the last three years, and traditionally much longer, of being used for the same or similar public events, assemblies, and gatherings, and where there is no reasonable expectation that the future occurrence of events would represent a change in the scope of the historic use of the public right of way under § 15323; where the operation, use, minor alteration, and permitting of existing public facilities (existing highways, streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar public right of way facilities), for public right of way special events represents no or negligible expansion of existing or former use of the public right of way for events, which have been regularly and traditionally held in Sonoma County’s public rights of way for many years under §15301; and where the regulation of special events in the right of way is being strengthened and clarified through the action and is a project where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment under the common sense exemption, §15061(b)(3). Discretionary applications for public right of way special events under the amended ordinance must comply with CEQA, unless exempt. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply. There is no reasonable possibility that the project would have a significant effect on the environment.