Reasons for Exemption
The project qualifies for Categorical Exemptions under CEQA guidelines Section 15332, Class 32 for an infill development project. It is consistent with the General Plan and is also consistent with zoning regulations except as modified by State Density Bonus Law. The project site is less than five acres in size and is substantially surrounded by urban uses. The project site has no value as habitat for endangered, rare, or threatened species as it does not contain any natural open space and is not mapped for sensitive habitat under the general plan. The project would not result in significant effects related to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality, and the site is within the urban services area and will be served by all utilities and public services. None of the exceptions to the exemptions under Section 15300.2 apply to the project in that the
project is not part of a larger project that could result in a cumulative impact, there are no unusual circumstances associated with the project or subject parcel, the project will not result in damage to resources associated with an officially designated scenic highway, the project site is not included on any lists compiled pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the Government Code related to Hazardous Waste Sites, and the project will not result in substantial adverse changes in the significance of a historical resource site in that there are no known historic resources on the property. The site is in an area mapped as sensitive for archaeological resources; however, an archaeological report prepared by SWCA did not uncover intact resources and recommended archaeological and tribal monitors to observe all ground disturbance work, and that work be stopped, and appropriate authorities be notified if archeological resources or human remains are inadvertently discovered during construction activities. These recommendations are consistent with commonly applied conditions of approval for projects of this scale in archeologically sensitive locations.