Type, Section or Code
State CEQA Guidelines, §§ 15301 (Class 1), 15302 (Class 2), 15303 (Class 3), 15311 (Class 11)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines section 15301 (the Class 1 exemption), which applies to the minor alteration of existing facilities, where the alteration involves negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The proposed Project falls within the Class 1 exemption, because it entails minor alteration to the existing marquee sign located at the corner of W L Street and Figueroa Place at Los Angeles Harbor College. The Project will increase the size of the existing display, but it will not expand the marquee’s existing or former use. With or without the Project, the marquee’s existing use as a sign will remain the same.
The Project is also exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines section 15302 (the Class 2 exemption), which applies to replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced. The proposed Project falls within the Class 2 exemption, because it replaces the existing display of the marquee sign located at the corner of W L Street and Figueroa Place at Los Angeles Harbor College. The updated LED display will have the same purpose and capacity as the marquee’s existing display. Both the existing display and the proposed LED display serve to provide campus visibility to adjacent areas, including along the 110 Freeway.
The Project is also exempt from CEQA under State CEQA Guidelines section 15311 (the Class 11 exemption), which applies to the construction or placement of minor structures accessory to existing institutional facilities. The Class 11 exemption explicitly applies to “[o]n-premise signs.” The proposed Project here seeks to modernize an on-premise sign, and it is therefore categorically exempt from CEQA under the Class 11 exemption.
No exception to any of the aforementioned categorical exemptions apply. There are no unusual circumstances associated with the Project. The Project will not have a significant effect on the environment. The project will not impact an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern. The project is not located on a hazardous waste site. The project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.
For all of the foregoing reasons, the Project is categorically exempt from CEQA.