Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of a cannabis dispensary involving minor modifications to an existing building and site, consisting of interior tenant improvements, installation of security features (lighting, cameras), and resurfacing and restriping of the existing parking area. Class 3 exemptions are subject to review for the exceptions stated in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.1. The City’s cannabis ordinance allows a maximum
of three (3) retail facilities within the City; this project would be the third. Although all three are within approximately one-half mile of each other, no other cannabis facilities will be allowed in the city limits, and the City does not find this to be an overconcentration such that cumulatively significant effects could occur.
The project site is located just over one mile from a portion of State Route 190 that is eligible for designation as a Scenic Highway and more than 39 miles from the nearest Designated Scenic Highway, as segment of SR 180 in far northern Tulare County (California State Scenic Highway System Map (arcqis.com). May 1, 2023). The site is not included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code Section 65962.5
(EnviroStor Database (ca.gov), May 1, 2023). The site is entirely developed with buildings and hardscape features with no evidence of any historic resources on the site, and no demolition of buildings or other features is proposed. The project would not cause a substantial adverse change to the significance of an historical resource.