Herrick Avenue “Welcome to Eureka” Monument Sign and Wildflower Planting


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Eureka
Document Title
Herrick Avenue “Welcome to Eureka” Monument Sign and Wildflower Planting
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The City of Eureka, in conjunction with Caltrans, is proposing to install a gateway monument sign reading “Welcome to Eureka” and plant wildflowers within the southeast Herrick Avenue gore area (i.e. the space between a through roadway and an exit ramp) between Highway 101 and the Herrick Avenue exit ramp.

Contact Information

Caitlin Castellano
Agency Name
City of Eureka - Planning
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Northern California
Cross Streets
Highway 101 and Herrick
State Highways
Highway 101

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class I Existing Facilities (Section 15301), Class 3 New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures (Section 15303),
Reasons for Exemption
The project qualifies for Class I exemption because it involves the minor alteration to topographical features within an existing Caltrans public facility (gore area) to install the monument sign and new native wildflower landscaping, which is a negligible expansion of use. The proposed 44.52-sf monument sign is considered a small accessory structure to the existing Caltrans roadway facility, therefore it is also exempt pursuant a Class 3 exemption. Additionally, the project qualifies for the Class 4 exemption because minor grading is proposed to install the monument sign and new native wildflower landscaping within an existing Caltrans facility without the removal of the existing healthy and mature trees. Further, the Lead Agency has determined that use of the categorical exemption is not barred by one of the exceptions set forth in Section 15300.2 of the CEQA Guidelines.
County Clerk


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