Reasons for Exemption
The City conducted an environmental review which determined that the proposed project Is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, which allows for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing facilities (public or private}, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, Involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The key consideration is whether the project Involves negligible or no expansion of use. The after-fact SDP ls for the work conducted under the emergency CDP which allowed for the removal of slope failure debris (topographical features) from behind a retaining wall and placed north of the structure at the base of the bluff and Is not an expansion of the existing residential use. The area of the cliff failure involved a vertical
area of approximately 30' by 40 feet and a volume of about 100-200 cubic yards. The failure occurred within non vegetated coastal bluff and the area of the relocation was similarly unvegetated. No environmental Impacts were Identified for the proposed project. Additionally, none of the exceptions described in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 apply.