Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project qualifies for a categorical exemption pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) meeting all applicable conditions, as further described below.
1. A daycare and preschool facility are permitted with the approval of a Minor Conditional Use Permit within the Southern Gateway District of the Downtown Specific Plan. The project involves a change in occupancy in an existing commercial building, not exceeding 1,705 square feet in floor area with minor exterior modifications which include construction of an accessory playground, trash enclosure and ancillary parking lot modifications. The project site is located in a developed area of the city where all necessary public services and facilities are available on site and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive. The project thus adheres to the criteria of CEQA Guidelines section 15303(c) and (e).
2. Furthermore, none of the exceptions listed under CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply to the proposed project. The project will not result in a cumulative impact from successive projects of the same type in the same place, over time, given the proposed project is consistent with the Municipal Code and General Plan policies. There are no unusual circumstances surrounding the proposed project that would result in a reasonable possibility of a significant effect on the environment in that the area of impact is already disturbed and improved with an existing, permitted building and parking lot, and all improvements would be required to comply with local and state laws. The project will not damage scenic resources, including trees, historic buildings, rock outcroppings or similar resources, because the locations of the proposed improvements would be located within an area of the City previously disturbed and developed. The project area is not environmentally sensitive.