Defensible Space at Toll Plaza Buildings


SCH Number
Public Agency
Foothill-Eastern Transportation Corridor Agencies
Document Title
Defensible Space at Toll Plaza Buildings
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Project consists of ongoing thinning and pruning of vegetation at the F/ETCA Tomato Springs, Orange Grove, Windy Ridge, and Irvine Ranch toll plazas on State Routes 133, 241 and 261, in accordance with the Orange County Fire Authority Guidelines, to reduce the combustible fuel mass of the remaining plants to maintain defensible space between buildings and the abutting wildland to reduce fire danger. Specific activities include trimming or removing plants to create the recommended vertical and horizontal separation between them; removing dead and dying plant material, dry leaves, twigs and small branches; string trimming annual weeds and grasses down to a maximum height of four (4) inches, remove cut material; removing vegetation found on the Undesirable Plant List and replant using drought-tolerant, fire-resistant plants; and eliminating combustible mulch within five (5) feet of a structure or reduce vegetation cover to below two (2) feet.

Contact Information

Doug Feremenga
Agency Name
Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency
Job Title
Manager, Environmental Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Unincorporated Orange County
State Highways
SR 133, 241, 261

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 Existing Facilities, Section 15304(i)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15304(i) Minor Alteration of Land because the project involves the removal of vegetation for the purpose of fuel management. There are no facts or circumstances specific to this project that would support an exception to the categorical exemption. No exceptions listed under Section 15300.2 apply. There is no reasonable possibility that the project would have a significant effect on the environment.
County Clerk


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