Temporary Public Art Installation outside City Hall


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Laguna Beach
Document Title
Temporary Public Art Installation outside City Hall
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The three month temporary installation of a nine-foot in height by three feet in width and depth bronze sculpture titled "Epicenter" by artist Casey Parlette outside City Hall in Spring 2025.

Contact Information

Sian Poeschl
Agency Name
City of Laguna Beach
Job Title
Cultural Arts Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Laguna Beach
Southern California
Cross Streets
505 Forest Avenue
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15378 and Section 15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed actions are not subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq.) ("CEQA") because they do not qualify as a "project" under CEQA. Section 15378 explicitly excludes from its definition of uproject" the "organizational or administrative activities of governments that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment." (State CEQA Guidelines, § 15378(b)(5).} The actions include accepting a donation for a temporary public art installation, authorizing a letter of appreciation to the donors, allocating funds for the installation, and approving the installation outside City Hall. Such actions are considered administrative activities that will not result in a physical change in the environme11t, and therefore are not subject to CEQA. Even if the actions are considered a "project" subject to CEQA, they are categorically exempt pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15304(e) (Minor Alterations to Land- Minor Temporary Use). Class 4 applies because the proposed actions consist of a minor temporary use having negligible or no permanent effects on the environment and do not involve removal of healthy, mature, sc~nic trees. Lastly, none of the exceptions to the use of a categorical exemption identified in State CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2 apply. There is no potential for cumulative impacts; there are no unusual circumstances that would have a significant impact on the environment; the actions would not negatively impact scenic resources within a duly designated scenic highway; there is no record of hazardous waste and no potential to impact historic resources would occur. Therefore, the City Council has determined that further environmental evaluation is not required because:
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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