West Los Angeles Veterans Home Easement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Department of Veterans Affairs
Document Title
West Los Angeles Veterans Home Easement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CalVet proposes to grant an easement to the West LA Veterans Collective, LLC. The easement would be located on an existing service road at West Los Angeles Veterans Home (WLA Home). The WLA Home is located adjacent to the Veteran Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles Campus (WLA-VA). The Collective desires to use a portion of WLA Home property for pedestrian and bicycle ingress and egress to and from the WLA-VA property to facilitate access to the "Big Blue Bus" transit stop located off campus. The Project consists of partial re-purposing of an existing service road to incorporate and maintain a Class I bike path and pedestrian walking path at the Project Site. The Project is specifically located on the west portion of the WLA-VA starting at MacArthur Avenue, along the existing service road to the south, ending at Gorham Avenue. The project is about 1,000 linear feet where the existing service road will be reconfigured/shared between maintenance and emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The service road is about 20-foot-wide and proposed improvements include a painted 2-way Class 1 bike path and a pedestrian path. Including buffer between pedestrian/bicycle grade, the bike and pedestrian paths would each be about 10 feet wide. The service road will not be widened. Approximately 12,000 square feet of replacement or augmented landscaping and 10 trees will be installed in existing planter areas as part of the Project. Existing irrigation will be maintained and repaired, as necessary. Wayfinding and access (e.g., bike dismount) signage will be added where appropriate. The easement will grant public access and enable Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program funds used for WLA-VA Buildings 156 & 157 future actions.

Contact Information

Russell Atterberry
Agency Name
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Job Title
Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Cross Streets
11500 Nimitz Avenue
Total Acres
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14CCR Section 15301(c) Existing Facilities, road alterations bicycle facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The project qualifies for CEQA categorical exemption under 14CCR Sec.15301(c) where alterations and additions to existing road is allowed for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, street trees, and other similar alterations that do not create additional automobile lanes. The project involves negligible expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination and the State confirms that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of an exemption for this project. The VA issued a Record of Decision on September 3, 2019, for a PEIS (84 FR 30311-June 26, 2019) in compliance with NEPA to identify, analyze, and document consequences associated with implementation of the West LA VA Campus Master Plan, including future actions to Buildings 156 & 157. The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), as CEQA lead agency to fund the development of two affordable multifamily rental housing developments for West LA VA Campus (e.g., Buildings 156 & 157), adopted the PEIS as a CEQA-compliant EIR pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15221. The LACDA certified that the VA PEIS was prepared and adopted consistent with CEQA procedural and substantive requirements.


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