Reasons for Exemption
Section 15332 (In-Fill Development Projects) of the CEQA Guidelines exempts projects that are consistent with the General Plan and zoning; occur within the city limits on a site less than five acres; contain no habitat for endangered species; would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality or water quality; and can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
The project site has a Commercial Service Planned Land Use Designation, the purpose of which is to provide intense commercial uses adjacent to Reedley’s historic downtown area. The project occurs in the city limits of Reedley and is on an affected area that is already developed and is less than five acres. Because the project site is in an urban area, there is no habitat for endangered species on the site. The project would generate significantly fewer than 500 average daily trips (ADT). The project would be required to comply with general plan policies and mitigation measures addressed in the Reedley General Plan 2030 Program EIR (SCH# 2010031106), which would determine that the project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic, noise, air quality or water quality. The site is already adequately served by existing water lines, sewer lines, and storm drain lines in 8th Street.
The proposed project involves the construction of a student support service building on a lot less than five acres in size, which is an exemption characterized under 15332 (Class 32/Infill Development Projects) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines.