Reasons for Exemption
The San Leandro Library Electric Vehicle Charging project consists of installation of new small equipment to an existing site. Specifically, the fast charging equipment to be installed is approximately the size of a pay phone and the level two charging equipment is the size of a parking meter. The equipment will be installed in an existing, paved parking lot. Therefore, the project falls within section 15304 and will not have a significant effect on the environment. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15304 provides that projects which consist 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 except for forestry and agricultural purposes are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. In this project, minor trenching may be necessary to lay two-inch conduit from the existing electrical panel to the charging equipment, totaling approximately 2 cubic feet per foot of distance from the electrical panel, to connect the proposed new electric vehicle charging station equipment to an existing electrical supply panel. The trenching will take place on currently paved ground, will not involve the removal of any trees, and surface will be restored. Therefore, the project falls within section 15304 and will not have a significant effect on the environment.