Fire Adapted Portola Hills Project 5GA22224


SCH Number
Public Agency
Orange County Fire Authority
Document Title
Fire Adapted Portola Hills Project 5GA22224
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Four local HOAs in the Portola Hills Neighborhood in Lake Forest, CA, propose to remove existing ornamental landscaping throughout the neighborhood for fire remediation purposes.

Contact Information

Scott Hatch
Agency Name
Job Title
Wildland Resource Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Lake Forest
Southern California
Cross Streets
Portola Hills neighborhood in Lake Forest

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, Sec 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed fuel reduction project is consistent with CEQA Guidelines Categorical Exemption Class 4 in that the project will not take threatened, endangered, or rare species or cause sedimentation into surface waters. The project consists of manipulated and exotic-dominated land cover types and is composed almost entirely of non-native weeds and ornamental/landscaped vegetation that are unlikely to support any threatened, endangered, or rare species. There are no state or federal jurisdictional areas and no surface waters, and therefore the project will not result in erosion or sedimentation into surface waters. In addition, the project site that will be impacted is located entirely on cut/fill slopes, not in native soils, and all vegetation removals will be done at the surface and above grade. Therefore, the project will also not impact cultural resources.
County Clerk


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