P24-00886 Environmental Assessment


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Fresno
Document Title
P24-00886 Environmental Assessment
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Environmental Assessment Application No. P24-00886 was filed by Don Pickett of Don Pickett & Associates, on behalf of Speed Engineering III and pertains to a segment of "5005 E Dakota Avenue" located between North Blattella Lane & North Peach. The project proposes to vacate an area of approximately 200 square feet where an existing sidewalk curves around an existing dead tree stump. This application is associated with Development Permit Application No. P23-01228. Based on the review of the proposed project by other City of Fresno Departments and outside reviewing agencies, the vacation is approved with no conditions as noted in the letter from the City of Fresno Public Works Department, dated February 29, 2024.

Contact Information

steven lieng
Agency Name
City of Fresno
Job Title
Planner II
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
North Blatella Lane & North Peach
Total Acres
200 sq. feet
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 168
Mt Diabl

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301/ Class 1, 15303/Class 3, and 15332/Class 32
Reasons for Exemption
The City of Fresno, Public Works Department, is proposing to vacate approximately 200 square-feet of where an existing sidewalk curves around an existing dead tree stump as noted above. The area proposed to be vacated would be used to continue the sidewalk pattern as reviewed and approved under Development Permit Application No. P23-01228. The project was conditioned by Traffic Planning to apply for a Street Vacation. A vacation feasibility study conducted by Public Works listed no conditions of approval for the vacation. Staff has performed an Environmental Assessment of this project and determined that it falls within the following Categorical Exemptions set forth in the CEQA Guideline Sections: Section 15301/ Class 1 (Existing Facilities) of the CEQA Guidelines exempts from the provisions of CEQA, projects consisting 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 use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination; including but not limited to, alteration of existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities. Section 15303/Class 3 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. The numbers of structures described in this section are the maximum allowable on any legal parcel. Examples of this exemption include but are not limited to: (d) Water main, sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction. Additional examples of this include but are not limited to (a) one single family residence, or a second dwelling unit in a residential zone; in urbanized areas up to three single family residences may be constructed or converted under this exemption, and (b) a duplex or similar multifamily residential structure totaling no more than four dwelling units; in urbanized areas this exemption applies to apartments duplexes and similar structures designed for not more than six dwelling units, and (e) accessory structures including garages, carports, patios, swimming pools and fences. This project falls within the Categorical Exemption set forth in CEQA Guidelines Section 15332/Class 32 which exempts infill development. Staff found that those conditions are met with the vacation conditions set forth by Public Works. The project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with applicable zoning designation and regulations. The proposed development occurs within city limits on a project site of no more than five acres that is substantially surrounded by urban uses. The project site has no value as habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species. Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects related to traffic, noise, air quality or water quality. The site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services. Furthermore, Staff has determined that none of the exceptions to Categorical Exemptions set forth in the CEQA Guidelines, Section 15300.2 apply to this project. Therefore, the proposed project is not expected to have a significant effect on the environment. A categorical exemption, as noted above, has been prepared for the project and the area is not environmentally sensitive.
County Clerk


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