Mole Hole Infill Removal (22/23-SD-13)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Mole Hole Infill Removal (22/23-SD-13)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
In 2002 a section of failing coastal bluff approximately 8 feet wide x 8 feet high x 2-3 feet thick, known as the Mole Hole, was filled with concrete by a private property owner. It worked well until 2015 when additional erosion from El Nino storms started to undermine the infill. As a result, the California Coastal Commission has requested the removal of the infill. The property owner is requesting beach access on California State Park property in order to remove the infill. The contractor would enter the site through Fletcher Cove. The contractor proposes to drill approximately 1-inch holes into the infill to promote cracking into small more manageable pieces. A backhoe and gripping bucket would be used to grip and gently move the smaller pieces up and down until they detached from the bluff. The contractor would leave the site through Fletcher Cove and dispose of the infill at an approved land disposal facility.

Contact Information

Marya Ahmad
Agency Name
California Department of Parks & Recreation - San Diego Coast District
Job Title
District Environmental Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
Cross Streets
S. Coast Highway 101 and Ocean St.
State Highways
Coast Highway 101
Other Location Info
Cardiff State Beach

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class: 4 Section: 15304
Reasons for Exemption
No potential for significant impact to the environment is anticipated in compliance with CEQA §15300.4. If the project is implemented as indicated within the CDPR Project Evaluation Form, including conditions provided by CDPR reviewers, then it is exempt under CEQA §15304–Minor Alterations to Land. The action falls under the Departmental List of Exempt activities according to CEQA §15300.4 as “Resource management projects”
County Clerk
San Diego


Notice of Exemption

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