Reasons for Exemption
On November 15, 2022, the City Council approved the project and found that for Zoning Code Amendment (ZCA) No. 2022-04, that the proposed project and its implementation will not cause any physical changes to the City’s environment. A Common Sense Exemption (as defined in CEQA) applies to the approved Zoning Code Amendment under Section 15061 (b) (3) of the State CEQA Guidelines, which states: “The activity is covered by the common sense exemption that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing significant effect on the environment. 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, the activity is not subject to CEQA.”). The project as described above has been determined to not fall under the jurisdiction of CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines because this action will not result in any physical changes in the environment, it only establishes a process in which certain applications for Use Permits may be considered administratively. Therefore, this action qualifies with the requirements for an Exemption, under Section 15061(b) (3) of the State CEQA Guidelines.