Reasons for Exemption
The proposed SOI amendment and Annexation qualifies for a categorical exemption under CEQA Guideline §15301(b), Existing Facilities. Class 1 exemptions consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. Examples include but are not limited to:
• (b) Existing facilities of both investor and publicly owned utilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services.
The proposed project falls within a Class 1 exemption because water infrastructure is already in place to serve the parcel and it has been receiving district services or managed as if within the district, the action will not result in a change to the existing conditions.
Additionally, the project is consistent with a Class 3 exemption (15303(d)). Class 3 consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. The numbers of structures described in this section are the maximum allowable on any legal parcel. Examples of this exemption include, but are not limited to:
• (d) Water main, sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction.
This project qualifies as a Class 3 exemption because it consists of the installation of utility extensions (a water line and fire hydrant) which are specifically listed as exempt. Thus, the project is not expected to cause any significant environmental impacts.