Type, Section or Code
Section #15301, Section #15302, Section #15304, Section #15311
Reasons for Exemption
The project is appropriate for exemption under this Class for the following reasons:
a. The Napa River Ecology Center Design Permit is exempt from CEQA under Categorical Exemption, Class 1 (Section 15301) – Existing Facilities. The project involves interior and exterior alterations to an existing building, but there would be no expansion in the size of the existing building.
b. The Ecology Center Design Permit is exempt from CEQA under Categorical Exemption, Class 2 (Section 15302) – Reconstruction of Existing Facilities. The new Ecology Center offices will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity. The Ecology Center will reuse the two-story corporation yard building as offices and multipurpose classrooms.
c. The Ecology Center Design Permit complies with CEQA under Categorical Exemption, Class 4 (Section 15304) – Minor Alterations of Land. Project is located on a site with a slope of less than 10 % and not located in any waterway or wetland, new landscaping would be water efficient. The grading would be to address storm water run-off, create a formal parking area in the unpaved parking and circulation area, add ADA access and other site amenities.
d. Additionally, the Ecology Center Design Permit complies with CEQA under Categorical Exemption, Class 11 (Section 15311) – Accessory Structures. The project would include the creation of a formal paved parking lot, drive aisles and internal circulation to support the use, on land that has already been disturbed, graded, and used for more industrial uses. In addition, minor accessory structures would be added to the site, in already developed areas, including an elevated deck, enclosure around the city's existing generator.