Reasons for Exemption
This project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under
Class 1 (Existing Facilities) and Class 14 (Minor Additions to Schools) of the CEQA Guidelines, California Code of Regulations, Division 6, Title14, Chapter 3 because it has no potential to have a significant effect on the environment.
Class 1 exempts projects involving 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 existing or former use. Specifically. 15301(c) exempts work on existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters. bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities. The proposed project includes the extension of an existing left turn pocket on Newport Coast Drive that would not result in the expansion of the existing roadway.
Class 14 exempts projects involving minor additions to existing schools within the existing school grounds where the addition does not increase original student capacity by more than 25% or ten classrooms whichever is less. The proposed project would be located within existing school grounds and add eight new classrooms to the school site, which is within the 10 classroom limitation. The student population would be increased by 150 students, from 600 to 750 students, which is consistent with the allowable 25% increase identified in the Class 14 exemption. There will not be a significant increase in vehicle trips associated with the increase in enrollment.