136 River Street


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Santa Cruz
Document Title
136 River Street
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project proposes to demolish the existing commercial building and combine the two contiguous lots. The project will construct a six-story, 51,089 square foot mixed-use building consisting of a 51- unit, 100% affordable apartment complex with one 1,970 square foot commercial tenant space on the ground floor. The development will provide 23 one-bedroom units, 15 two-bedroom units, and 13 three-bedroom units.

Contact Information

Eric Marlatt
Agency Name
City of Santa Cruz
Job Title
Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Cross Streets
River Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
008-311-06 and -07
State Highways
Mission Hill MS, Santa Cruz HS, Holy Cross, Branciforte MS
San Lorenzo River, Pacific Ocean

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15305, 15332
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 2 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.
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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