GSPP Landscape Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California, Berkeley
Document Title
GSPP Landscape Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) Landscape Project would rehabilitate and renew the existing landscape between the two GSPP buildings, located at 2607 Hearst Avenue and 1893 Le Roy Avenue. The overall landscape framework would be retained, with renewed hardscape and softscape surfaces and paving, fixed seating, and a code-compliant ramp that is fully located within the GSPP site. The project would also include regrading portions of the existing landscape to provide accessible routes. The building located at 2607 Hearst Avenue and the landscape to the east, south, and west of the building are eligible for listing as a historic resource. The new ramp would require a small opening within the fieldstone wall at the southern edge of the site, which is a contributing element to the landscape’s historic character; a portion of exterior wall at the 2607 Hearst Ave building would be removed to improve pedestrian circulation and visibility. New plantings would be added at key seating locations to provide a buffer between the buildings and adjacent gathering areas; no healthy, mature trees would be removed as part of the project.

Contact Information

Marissa Cheng
Agency Name
UC Berkeley
Job Title
Director of Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
City Environs, bounded by Hearst Avenue to the south and Upper Hearst Garage to the east
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt under Class 1, Existing Facilities, as it consists of alterations to a public facility to meet current ADA standards involving no expansion of existing use.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project is also categorically exempt under Class 4, as it involves the repair, rehabilitation, and renewal of the existing landscape surrounding 2607 Hearst Avenue within the Goldman School of Public Policy complex


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