Relocation of existing powerlines project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW)
Document Title
Relocation of existing powerlines project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Powerlines relocation

Contact Information

Jessica Mears
Agency Name
Riverside County Office of Education
Job Title
Facilities Coordinator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Cross Streets
Almond and Chestnut

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 & 15302
Reasons for Exemption
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) provides several “categorical exemptions” which are applicable to categories of projects and activities that the State has determined generally do not pose a risk of significant impacts on the environment. The project consists of relocating existing power poles and overhead powerlines from the right-of-way on the north side to the right-of-way on the south side of 13th Street within the developed urban area of the City. The project is exempt under Section 15301 and 15302 of the State CEQA Guidelines established for existing structures. Section 15301 – Existing Facilities includes “minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. An example listed in the CEQA Guidelines section includes “existing facilities of both investor and publicly-owned utilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services.” Section 15302 - Reconstruction and Replacement” includes “existing structures 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.” An example listed in the CEQA Guidelines section includes “replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity.”


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