Reasons for Exemption
The California Environmental Quality Act (Section 21000, et. seq. of the California Public Resources Code, hereafter CEQA) requires analysis of agency approvals of discretionary “projects.” A “project,” under CEQA, is defined as “the whole of an action, which has a potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment.” The acquisition of two portable classroom buildings at Vine Hill Elementary School by a public agency is a project as defined by CEQA. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), an activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. The activity is not subject to CEQA where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment.
The City of Scotts Valley proposes to acquire two portable classroom buildings, located at Vine Hill Elementary School, which Scotts Valley Unified School District currently leases. The classrooms are already on campus and in use and no physical changes will occur. There would be no change in student enrollment as the portables are currently being used by the campus. Therefore, the proposed project would not have the potential to cause a significant effect on the environment. Since it can be seen with certainty that the proposed project would not cause a significant effect on the environment, the proposed project is not subject to CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3).