Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act
(CEQA) Guidelines Section 15303, Class 3 (New Construction) involving a store, motel, office, restaurant, or similar structure not involving the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances, and not exceeding 2500 square feet in floor area. In urbanized areas, the exemption also applies to up to four such commercial buildings not exceeding 10,000 square feet in floor area on sites zoned for such use if not involving the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances where all necessary public services and facilities are available, and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive.
In addition, the project is exempt from provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under CEQA Guidelines Section 15332 (In-Fill Development Projects). Class 32 consists of projects characterized as in-fill development meeting the conditions described in this section. CEQA Guidelines Association of Environmental Professionals 2020 279 (a) The project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations. (b) The proposed development occurs within city limits on a project site of no more than five acres, substantially surrounded by urban uses. (c) The project site has no value as a habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species. (d) Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality. (e) The site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.