Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 (Projects Consistent with a Community Plan, General Plan, or Zoning) identifies when projects are consistent with the development density established by a Community Plan, General Plan, or Zoning for which an environmental impact report (EIR) has been certified “shall not require additional environmental review, except as might be necessary to examine whether there are project-specific significant effects which are peculiar to the project or its site.” An EIR was prepared and certified by the City Council as part of the Elk Grove General Plan (SCH# 2017062058). The Project is subject to the General Plan’s Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP).
The General Plan EIR relies on Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as a measure of transportation impacts. As part of the original Project, the Applicant provided a VMT Analysis to determine if the Project complies with City of Elk Grove General Plan Policy MOB-1-1 adopted to reduce VMT and achieve State-mandated reductions on VMT. According to the analysis, the Project would not exceed the City’s VMT limit for the Estate Residential land use.