Ceiba College Prepatory


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Watsonville
Document Title
Ceiba College Prepatory
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project involves the permanent establishment of a 525-student charter school for grades 6-12 at Ceiba College Preparatory Academy in an existing 27,000± square-foot building with an 8,500± square-foot mezzanine on a 2.1± acre site located at 215 Locust Street (APN 017-161-51). Project entitlements include a General Plan Map Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, and Special Use Permit with Environmental Review (App #1737). Founded in 2008, Ceiba College Preparatory Academy is a public charter school serving more than 500 students. For its first five years, Ceiba operated out of two locations in downtown Watsonville. In 2013, Ceiba proposed to relocate the school to its current location under one roof at 215 Locust Street. On June 4, 2013, the Planning Commission of the City of Watsonville adopted Resolution No. 08-13, approving Special Use Permit with Environmental Review (PP2012-251), to allow establishment of a 525-student charter school in the then vacant 27,000± square-foot industrial building for a period of up to 10 years. On February 28, 2023, the City Council of the City of Watsonville approved the requested entitlements (General Plan Map Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment and Special Use Permit with Environmental Review [Application # 1737]) to allow the continued use of the premises as a school permanently.

Contact Information

Justin Meek
Agency Name
City of Watsonville, Community Development Department
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Northern California
Cross Streets
Locust Street, Riverside Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
129, 1
Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line
Watsonville Municipal Airport
Ceiba College Preparatory, Radcliff Elementary, Watsonville High
Pajaro River

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Common Sense exemption (CEQA Guidelines § 15301, 15061(b)(3))
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from CEQA, in that the project simply allows an existing school to remain in its current location on a permanent basis without authorizing the addition of any students or staff or the development of new facilities beyond those that already exist at the school and thus would not result in the change, intensification or expansion of an existing use (CEQA Guidelines § 15301). The project is also exempt under the “common sense” exemption because for the same reasons it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that this action may have a significant effect on the environment (CEQA Guidelines § 15061(b)(3)).
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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