Reasons for Exemption
An Environmental Assessment form was submitted by the Applicant pursuant to the City’s requirements. Based upon the information received and Staff’s review and assessment, the proposed project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Section 15301 (Class 1 Existing Facilities (a)) of the CEQA Guidelines for the following reasons: (1) Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The project consists of the addition of alcohol service to an existing fast -food restaurant and therefore is only a negligible expansion of the existing restaurant use. The fast-food restaurant Gourd Bro is required to operate and maintain the premises as a bona fide eating place under the Type 41 ABC license. The business must maintain suitable kitchen facilities and must make actual and substantial sales of meals for consumption on the premises. Minors are allowed on the premises; and (2) no expansion of square- footage or modifications to the existing restaurant are proposed as part of this project.