Architectural Control (AC) 23-006 and Grading Plan Modification (GPM) 23-019; Swallows Creek


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of San Juan Capistrano
Document Title
Architectural Control (AC) 23-006 and Grading Plan Modification (GPM) 23-019; Swallows Creek
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A request to allow for modification of development plans, previously approved under AC 21-017 and GPM 21-018, related to the construction of three industrial warehouse buildings totaling 136,308 sq. ft. on a 15.3-acre parcel (the “Project”).

Contact Information

Paul Garcia
Agency Name
City of San Juan Capistrano
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Juan Capistrano
Southern California
Cross Streets
Rancho Viejo Road and Malaspina Road
Total Acres
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 2, Replacement or Reconstruction
Reasons for Exemption
The City's Environmental Administrator has determined that the Project is categorically exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15302, Replacement or Reconstruction, which exempts 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. Here, the entire Project is exempt per Section 15302 because it involves the replacement of a 123,000 sq. ft. industrial building and related improvements with three industrial buildings totaling 136,310 sq. ft. The new industrial buildings, comprised of warehouse and vehicle sales use, would substantially serve the same size (negligible increase in square footage), purpose (light industrial uses), and capacity (negligible increase in traffic flow). Further, an Air Quality & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis, Health Risk Assessment, Noise Impact Analysis, and Focused Traffic Study, were prepared by professional firms and concluded that the Project would have no significant effects on the environment. Lastly, none of the conditions set forth under State CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply. There are no cumulative impacts because there will be no successive projects of the same type on this same site over time. There are no unusual circumstances that apply to the project that would result in a reasonable possibility for a significant effect on the environment. There are no scenic resources within an officially designated scenic highway on or near the project site that would result in damage to those scenic resources as a result of the project. The project site is not included on any list compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5. There are no historical resources on or near the project site such that there would be a substantial adverse change in the significance of such historical resource.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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