Reasons for Exemption
The General Plan Amendment 23-01 was reviewed pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) Guidelines and was determined to be exempt per Section 15061(b)(3) (Common Sense Exemption), since it was seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the General Plan amendments will have a significant effect on the environment. GPA 23-01 consists of making minor changes to Chapter 2 (Community Development) per the City of La Habra’s recently adopted 2012-2029 (6th Cycle) Housing Element and updating the policies under Chapter 7 (Community Safety) per State requirements. There are no changes to the chapters that would affect the City’s physical layout nor intensify land uses beyond what is currently permitted. The updates to Chapter 2 (Community Development) only consist of updating terminology, removing residential development constraints, and establishing objective design standards. The revised goals and policies under Chapter 7 (Community Safety) primarily relate to the City’s long-term safety and resilience related to wildfires, emergency preparedness, climate change adaptation, and environmental justice as required under State law and to ensure an equitable City for all residents. The amendments to Chapter 8 (Implementation) are to include the new policies and add new programs as part of the updates. As a General Plan amendment is a discretionary project, it is subject to consideration under CEQA. However, staff reviewed and considered the changes proposed under General Plan Amendment 23-01 pursuant to the requirements of CEQA and determined that they are minimal and have no possibility of having a significant effect on the environment. Therefore, the proposed General Plan Amendment 23-01 is exempt pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) (Common Sense Exemption).