Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to the Class 1, Class 3, and Class 5 exemptions. CEQA’s Class 1 exemption consists of 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 (CEQA Guidelines §15301). CEQA’s Class 3 exemption applies to new construction and location of a limited number of new small structures, including, but not limited to, the construction of up to four commercial structures in an urbanized area where the construction does not involve the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances, the structures do not exceed 10,000 square feet in floor area, the structures are located on sites zoned for their intended use, all necessary public services and facilities are available, and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive (CEQA Guidelines §15303). CEQA’s Class 5 exemption applies to minor alterations in land use limitations in areas with an average slope of less than 20%, which do not result in any changes in land use or density (CEQA Guidelines §15305). This includes minor lot line adjustments, that do not result in the creation of a new parcel (CEQA Guidelines §15305). The improvements include mobility and communications upgrades, the removal of ten (10) garage structures, replacement of six (6) stairways, replacement of guardrails and handrails at the remaining stairways, removal of laundry facilities at each building, the conversion of a three-car garage to a communal laundry facility, and reconfiguration of parking and landscaping improvements throughout the project site, which do not expand the existing use. Additional improvements include a new 511 square foot communal laundry facility and a new 650 square foot clubhouse. The new structures will be located in an urbanized area that is served by all necessary public services and facilities and is not environmentally sensitive, do not involve the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances, and have a combined floor area of less than 10,000 square feet. The subject request does not involve slopes greater than 20%, changes to land use or density, and does not create any new parcels. Therefore, the proposed project is exempt from CEQA.