El Fenix Restaurant Beer and Wine Sales and Outdoor Dining (Planning Application RSM 23-009)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
Document Title
El Fenix Restaurant Beer and Wine Sales and Outdoor Dining (Planning Application RSM 23-009)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow for on-site beer and wine retail sales for on-site consumption and outdoor dining at an existing Mexican food restaurant and market in the Plaza Empresa shopping center. As part of the proposed request, the Applicant would enclose an existing outdoor dining area with a metal fence and four gates. Modifications to the existing floor area of the restaurant and building footprint are not proposed.

Contact Information

Derek Bingham
Agency Name
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Rancho Santa Margarita
Southern California
Cross Streets
29941 Aventura, Suites F-H, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 Class 1: Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
Pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15301, the proposed project is exempt from CEQA under the Class 1 (Existing Facilities) categorical exemption since the proposed project is an existing market and restaurant that occupies an existing tenant suite located within a developed shopping center. The proposed project would not expand the existing market and restaurant space beyond the existing area. Furthermore, all necessary public services and facilities are already available to the proposed project site, and approval of the proposed project would not result in significant adverse effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
County Clerk


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