Reasons for Exemption
The California Environmental Quality Act (Section 21000, et. seq. of the California Public Resources Code, hereafter CEQA) requires analysis of agency approvals of discretionary "projects." A "project," under CEQA, is defined as "the whole of an action, which has a potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment." The installation of the stadium lights and loudspeakers by a public agency is a project as defined by CEQA. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061 (b )(3 ), an activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. The activity is not subject to CEQA 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 Nuview Union School District would install four stadium light poles with modern LED lighting and loudspeakers at its existing NBECHS campus. The proposed project would replace the existing portable stadium lights and portable loudspeakers that are currently used. All construction activities would occur on the NBECHS campus. The proposed modern LED stadium lights would be approximately 80 feet in height on the home team side and 70 feet in height on the visitor team side, which is taller than the portable stadium lights. The height of the proposed stadium lights would improve lighting across the field and would allow the light to be better focused on the field which would limit spillover lighting compared to the portable lights. Further, since the proposed project would replace existing portable loudspeakers and would not change events/games programming nor enrollment, it would create noise levels similar to existing conditions. As discussed above, no sensitive receptors immediately border the project site. Therefore, the proposed project would not have the potential to cause a significant effect on the environment. Since it can be seen with certainty that the proposed project would not cause a significant effect on the environment, the proposed project is not subject to CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3).