Reasons for Exemption
Consistent with Class 6 exemption requirements, the primary purpose of the proposed activity is to collect information needed to support a topographical survey of the project site and construction would not involve substantial grading of the site. Additionally, the activity qualifies for a Class 4 exemption because the proposed action would be limited to removal of Himalayan blackberry and other nonnative vegetation on vacant land previously developed as a lumber mill and would not involve removal of healthy, mature, or scenic trees. Because the proposed activity would involve limited land disturbance using a single piece of equipment for the purpose of the removal of non-native, invasive species (e.g., Himalayan blackberry), and site ingress/egress would be provided by the existing driveways from Foster Avenue, the proposed activity does not trigger any of the exceptions listed under CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2. Additionally, per the criteria contained in the common sense exemption, it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that this activity may have a significant effect on the environment.