Reasons for Exemption
In conjunction with its adoption of the City's General Plan 2035, the City of Murrieta has previously certified the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Murrieta General Plan 2035 (SCH No. 2010111084), certified July 2011 (2011 EIR). With its adoption of the General Plan Update, the City certified the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Murrieta General Plan 2035 (SCH No. 2010111084) in June 2020 (2020 SEIR) (General Plan EIRs). These General Plan El Rs analyzed anticipated growth in Murrieta, including development of the Project site with a mix of residential and Innovation 1, uses, and specifically identify that the City will use the General Plan El Rs to streamline environmental documentation for future development projects. The Project site has General Plan land use designations of Innovation (0.6-2.5 FAR) and Multiple-Family Residential (10.1-30 du/acre), and is within the Innovation (INN) and Multi-family 2, Residential (MF-2) zoning districts. Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21083.3 and CEQA Guidelines Section 15183, and as demonstrated by the Initial Study prepared for the Project, the Project is exempt from further environmental review because the Project is consistent with the General Plan designations of Innovation and Multifamily Residential analyzed in the General Plan EIRs and would not result in any impacts peculiar to the Project site that are not evaluated in the General Plan EIRs and/or mitigated by application of uniformly applied development policies, including General Plan policies, or standards adopted by the City or incorporated into the General Plan El Rs and there is no new information not known at the time the 2020 SEIR was certified that shows that the Project would have a more severe impact than described in the General Plan El Rs. No additional or different mitigation measures beyond those identified in the General Plan EIRs.