Sphere of Influence Amendment and Annexation to the Birchim Community Services District


SCH Number
Public Agency
Mono County
Document Title
Sphere of Influence Amendment and Annexation to the Birchim Community Services District
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The BCSD submitted an annexation application in June 2023 proposing to annex one undeveloped/uninhabited parcel (APN 062-040-022-000) in Sunny Slopes (see Figure 1). The parcel is approximately 1.08-acre in size and owned by the Long Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD). A water line and fire hydrant have already been installed on the parcel, and the LVFPD intends to build a new fire station on that parcel. The BCSD wishes to annex this parcel into its District boundary to formally provide water to the new station which would be an overall benefit to the Sunny Slopes community.

Contact Information

Kelly Karl
Agency Name
Mono County LAFCO
Job Title
Planning Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Sunny Slopes CDP and Birchim Community Services District

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1 §15301(b), Existing Facilities and Class 3 exemption 15303(d)
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.
County Clerk


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