Reasons for Exemption
The Project was previously entitled under the jurisdiction of the City of Santa Cruz and the environmental effects of construction and operation of the project have already been evaluated pursuant to CEQA. The proposed lease agreement would not result in substantial changes in the project as previously entitled by the City and none of the circumstances that would trigger subsequent or supplemental environmental review under Public Resources Code Section 21166 and CEQA Guidelines Sections 15162 or 15163 have occurred or are present. Any future building permits issued by the City of Santa Cruz are ministerial, and not discretionary actions as defined by CEQA and therefore not subject to additional environmental review. On a separate and independent basis, the project is categorically exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (Class 1, Existing Facilities), because it involves the lease of buildings previously entitled under the jurisdiction of the City of Santa Cruz with no expansion of use beyond the permitted conditions; none of the exceptions to the exemptions listed in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 apply.