Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (c), Existing Facilities. This Project meets Section 15301 Existing Facilities Class 1 (c) categorical exemption, because the minor extension of curb lines, lighting, and safety enhancements for pedestrians would not result in an expansion of use or result in an increase in roadway vehicular capacity.
Archaeology. The intersection of De La Vina and Valerio Streets is located within the Prehistoric Watercourse and the Hispanic-American Transition Period (1848-1870) buffer areas. Both Project intersections are located within the American Pe1iod (1870-1900) and Early 201h Century (1900-1925) areas. Nearby Phase I Archaeological Reports were reviewed, and the reports indicated that disturbance of any intact cultural resources is very unlikely, and it is highly unlikely that there would be any direct impacts to archaeological resources in the area (D. Stone, October 2001 and Larry Wilcoxon, March 1989). All work is proposed within pre-disturbed areas of the City's ROW, to the same depth of disturbance. Therefore, the effects to archaeological resources are considered to be less than significant.
Historic Structures. Historic structures are adjacent to Project end limits, however, the Project safety improvements will not impact historic resources and are considered to be less than significant.
Visual. The Project's above groundwork consists of curb extensions, new sidewalk, new street lighting and ADA compliant ramps, pedestrian signage and crosswalk markings. The visual impact from this Project will be minimal as the
majority of the project consists of replacing existing conditions with current standards and implementing safety enhancements consistent with the remainder of the corridor. The Project is adjacent to the El Pueblo Viejo District. Given the nature of the improvements, the effect on visual resources is considered to be less than significant.
In conclusion, the Project includes minor extension of curb lines, and safety enhancements for pedestrians, and does not result in an expansion of use or result in an increase of capacity. Project is not anticipated to result in any significant
impacts towards the environmental resources, therefore, the Public Works Department recommends that the Case Planner consider this Project as exempt, as defined in the CEQA review process classified under the Class 1 Categorical Exemption Section 15301 (c) Existing Facilities of the CEQA Guidelines.