Long Range Development Plan Amendment No. 6 to the UC Santa Barbara Long Range Development Plan

Summary

SCH Number
2024060769
Public Agency
University of California
Document Title
Long Range Development Plan Amendment No. 6 to the UC Santa Barbara Long Range Development Plan
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/17/2024
Document Description
The UC Santa Barbara Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Policy OS-09 and SH-01 require the Santa Barbara campus to prepare an Open Space Management Plan (OSPM) and Comprehensive Sea Level Rise Hazards Assessment (SLRAS), respectively and submit the plans as an LRDP Amendment for certification by the California Coastal Commission (CCC). The proposed LRDP Amendment #6 is necessary to include the SLRAS and OSMP consistent with the CCC’s certification within the LRDP and will be subsequently submitted to the CCC for certification. No physical development or projects are proposed under LRDP Amendment #6.

Contact Information

Name
Ha Ly
Agency Name
University of California Office of the President
Job Title
Associate Director of Physical and Environmental Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Santa Barbara
Counties
Santa Barbara
Regions
Southern California
Other Information
UC Santa Barbara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15262
Reasons for Exemption
It has been determined that the LRDP Amendment #6 is not subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA because the Project does not meet CEQA’s definition of a “project” and approval of the Project will not cause a direct (or reasonably foreseeable indirect) physical change pursuant to Pub Res C §21065 and CEQA Guidelines Section 15378. On a separate and independent basis, the LRDP Amendment #6 is statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines 15262 which states that CEQA does not apply to feasibility or planning studies that will not have a legally binding effect on later activities. Although feasibility and planning studies are exempt from the requirement that an EIR or a negative declaration be prepared, they must nevertheless include “consideration of environmental factors.” Approval of LRDP Amendment #6 meets that requirement, as its fundamental purpose is to minimize environmental impacts relating to open space preservation and sea level rise. On a separate and independent basis, the LRDP Amendment #6 is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment. LRPD Amendment #6 does not include any physical change to the environment and therefore, there is no potential to cause a significant effect on the environment.

Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
It has been determined that the LRDP Amendment #6 is not subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act CEQA because the Project does not meet CEQA’s definition of a “project” and approval of the Project will not cause a direct (or reasonably foreseeable indirect) physical change pursuant to Pub Res C §21065 and CEQA Guidelines Section 15378. On a separate and independent basis, the LRDP Amendment #6 is statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines 15262 which states that CEQA does not apply to feasibility or planning studies that will not have a legally binding effect on later activities. Although feasibility and planning studies are exempt from the requirement that an EIR or a negative declaration be prepared, they must nevertheless include “consideration of environmental factors.” Approval of LRDP Amendment #6 meets that requirement, as its fundamental purpose is to minimize environmental impacts relating to open space preservation and sea level rise. On a separate and independent basis, the LRDP Amendment #6 is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment. LRPD Amendment #6 does not include any physical change to the environment and therefore, there is no potential to cause a significant effect on the environment.

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