Ordinance Amendment to the City of East Palo Chapter 15.11 (Reach Code)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of East Palo Alto
Document Title
Ordinance Amendment to the City of East Palo Chapter 15.11 (Reach Code)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Pursuant to Public Resources Code (PRC) Section 25402.1(h)(2) and Section 10-106 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, the City of East Palo Alto has applied to the California Energy Commission for a determination that its locally adopted energy efficiency standard, enacted in Local Ordinance No. 03-2024 (the Ordinance), will require buildings to be designed to consume no more energy than permitted by the 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (2022 Energy Standards) adopted by the Energy Commission. The Energy Commission’s Building Standards are set forth in Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations. Energy Performance Approach: This ordinance requires meeting a source energy margin target through the performance path. To do so, one must install decarbonization measures in mixed fuel buildings or build an all-electric building. Consistent with PRC Section 25402.1(h)(2), the Energy Commission found that the Jurisdiction of City of East Palo Alto’s Ordinance will require the diminution of energy consumption levels permitted by the 2022 Energy Standards.

Contact Information

Alvin Jen
Agency Name
City of East Palo Alto
Job Title
Associate Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


East Palo Alto
San Mateo
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Title 14, §15061 (b)(3) and Title 14, §15308
Reasons for Exemption
The project is statutorily exempt from further environmental review requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15262 “Feasibility and Planning Studies”: “A project involving only feasibility or planning studies for possible future actions which the agency, board, or commission has not approved, adopted, or funded does not require the preparation of an EIR or Negative Declaration but does require consideration of environmental factors. This section does not apply to the adoption of a plan that will have a legally binding effect on later activities.” Consistent with this exemption, the plan is limited to a concept plan for possible future actions which the City Council of the City of East Palo Alto has not approved, adopted, or funded. The project is the first step toward improvement of the City’s various parks. The Plan will not have a legally binding effect on later activities. No design engineered plans have been prepared. The result of approval of the plan would be pursuing funding and does not commit the City to any specific project. Should funding be pursued and obtained, site-specific studies would be required to develop detailed designs beyond the conceptual level, which would at that time require complete environmental review pursuant to CEQA.
County Clerk
San Mateo


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