SCH Number
Public Agency
City of San Diego
Document Title
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The City's Resurfacing Program executes several large projects each year to slurry seal City streets and has been increasing the number of planned repairs to maintain and improve overall network conditions. Slurry seal Is a street maintenance surface treatment that preserves the condition of the existing pavement and extends the life. In Fiscal Year 2024, the Program began implementing two new maintenance treatments called scrub seal and cape seal, which are cost effective treatments for streets In fair condition that would have previously required a much more expensive overlay treatment. These treatments ate new to the City of San Diego but are used regularly by other agencies throughout California. Scrub seal involves the application of asphalt emulsion and crushed rock, which is sealed 1 or more days later with a thin seal layer called a fog seal. cape seal Involves the application of asphalt emulsion and crushed rock, which is sealed 3 or more days later with a slurry seal. Cape sealed streets look similar to slurry sealed streets at the end of the treatment, whereas scrub sealed streets have a rougher texture that can be attributed to the thinner fog seal layer on top of the crushed rock. After applying scrub seal on Slurry Seal Group 2421 and 2422 in April 2024, the Transportation Department received feedback from residents regarding the rougher texture of the scrub sealed · streets (compared to that of slurry seal, cape seal, or overlay), particularly on residential and local roads. Prior to beginning these projects, the Transportation Department distributed door hangers to all residents that describe the new treatments and installation process. After evaluating the questions received by some residents on local or residential streets, the Transportation Department decided to switch to a cape seal treatment for all residential and local roads on these projects to provide a smoother texture. The cape seal treatment-will add a layer of slurry on top of the asphalt emulsion and crushed aggregate to bring the streets to a familiar aesthetic San Diegans are accustomed to, while also prolonging the useful life of the street. Slurry Seal Group 2423, which has a Notice to Proceed in May 2024, also Included the scrub seal treatment, which has not yet been applied on these projects. All streets that were. scoped to receive a scrub seal on this project will now be switched to cape seal. These three change orders reflect the cost to change from a scrub to a cape seal on these three projects.

Contact Information

Greg Johansen
Agency Name
City of San Diego, Planning Department
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
San Diego
Southern California
Other Location Info
The projects are located In the following Community Planning Areas: Barrio Logan, City Heights, College Area, Eastern Area, Encanto, Kensington- Talmadge, Otay Mesa, Otay Mesa-Nestor, Skyline-Paradise Hills, Southeastern San Diego, Balboa Park, Centre City, Clairemont Mesa, Greater North Park, Kearny Mesa, Mission Valley, Navajo, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Peninsula, Serra Mesa, Uptown, Clairemont Mesa, Mira Mesa, Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Miramar Ranch, Torrey Highlands, and Torrey Hills in Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. See Exhibit A, Location List, for specific locations.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines Section 15301(c) and 15304(h)
Reasons for Exemption
This activity (a request to authorize) Change Order #1 for the Slurry Seal Groups 2421, 2422, and 2423 between the City of San Diego and Pavement Coatings Company, is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301(c) (Existing Facilities) which consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public. or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, including existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities (this includes road grading for the purpose of public safety), and other alterations such as the addition of bicycle facilities, including but not limited to bicycle parking, bicycle-share facilities and bicycle lanes involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. The activity is also exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15304(h) (Minor Alterations to Land), which exempts minor public or private alterations in the condition of, land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes, one example of this is the creation of bicycle lanes on existing, rights-of-way. None of the exceptions to the exemptions as set forth in CEQA Guidelines Section, 15300.2 would apply. In addition, on May 26, 2023, the San Diego City Council determined that the advertisement, award, and execution of Fiscal Year 2024 Slurry Seal Projects, which included slurry Seal Group 2421, 2422, and 2423 was categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to CEO.A Guidelines Section 15301(c) (Existing Facilities) via Resolution R-314921. R-315600.
County Clerk
San Diego


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