Reasons for Exemption
The project is eligible for categorical exemptions under Section 15301 (Class 1), which applies to projects consisting of repair and maintenance of existing structures, Section 15302 (Class 2), which applies to projects consisting of replacement or reconstruction of existing structures where the new structure will be located on the same site and will have substantially the same purpose as the structure being replaced, Section 15332 (Class 32), which applies to projects consistent with the General Plan and Zoning, is within City limits and on a site of no more than 5 acres, has no habitat value, and would not result in impacts to traffic, noise, air quality or water quality, and is adequately served by utilities and public services. There is negligible or no expansion of use beyond what currently exists and there are no cumulative impacts, unusual circumstances or other factors that would make the exemption inapplicable. Therefore, the project is exempt under Section 15301 (c), repair and maintenance to existing facilities, Section 15302 (c) replacement or reconstruction of an existing public facility, and Section 15332 as an infill development project. See CEQA Exemption Memo, Attachment H to the Staff Report, on the City of Petaluma Planning Commission agenda August 22, 2023, at which time the Commission approved the project.