SMLAFCo Alternative Proposal


SCH Number
Public Agency
East Palo Alto Sanitary District (EPASD)
Document Title
SMLAFCo Alternative Proposal
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Alternative Proposal to City of East Palo Alto LAFCo Proposal establishing EPASD as subsidiary of the City. EPASD is proposing that status quo is maintained as to its status as independent special district, and sewer service provider, and that its SOI is amended from zero to coterminous with its service boundaries.

Contact Information

Akin Okupe
Agency Name
Job Title
General Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


East Palo Alto, Menlo Park
San Mateo
Northern California
Cross Streets
Service boundaries of East Palo Alto Sanitary District
Total Acres

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15378, 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The Sphere of Influence Amendment (“SOI Amendment”), is not a "project" subject to CEQA as there is no potential that it will result in either a direct physical change to the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect change to the environment and because it is a governmental organizational or administrative activity that merely authorizes a boundary change, but will not result in any direct or indirect changes to the environment. (Public Resources Code § 21065; State CEQA Guidelines § 15378.) Even if the SOI Amendment was considered a "project" subject to CEQA, it is exempt under State CEQA Guidelines section 15061 (b)(3)-Common Sense Exemption as "it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment" because there will be no reasonably foreseeable change in the types, intensity, and manner of service within the subject territory as a result of any approval and because no construction or other physical alteration of the environment is proposed.
County Clerk
San Mateo


Notice of Exemption

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