Wallace Major Grading Permit; GRAD2023-00109 / ED24-089-PL


SCH Number
Public Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Wallace Major Grading Permit; GRAD2023-00109 / ED24-089-PL
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A Major Grading Permit (GRAD2023-00109) to allow for the authorization to grade earthwork quantities totaling approximately 4,800 cubic-yards (cy) for the purpose of constructing a single-family residence and driveway. The proposed project will disturb approximately 0.94 acres (40,800 square-feet) of the approximately 5.98-acre parcel, including approximately 2,400 cy of cut and 2400 cy of fill, with grading occurring on slopes of up to 20% and excess fill to be balanced on site. The proposed project is located on a parcel within the Residential Rural land use category and is located at 1435 Verde Canyon Road, in the San Luis Bay Inland Sub-Area of the South County Planning Area.

Contact Information

Dane Mueller
Agency Name
County of San Luis Obispo
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Arroyo Grande
San Luis Obispo
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Section 15061 (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
This project is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. It can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that this project may have a significant effect on the environment; therefore, the activity is not subject to CEQA. [Reference: State CEQA Guidelines sec. 15061(b)(3), General Rule Exemption]. The project includes grading for the construction of a single-family and driveway within the Residential Rural land use category with access to an existing road and roadway network that is adequate to serve the project. The applicant has designed the grading, site improvements, and location of the structures and site improvements to minimize project impact as the single-family residence and improvements primarily use or are primarily located on previously graded roads and pads. The project has a relatively small area of disturbance of approximately 0.94 acres. The project area is located within the San Luis Bay Inland Sub-Area of the South County Planning area and is subject to the applicable sub-area standards outlined in County Code Section 22.98.050. This project, as proposed, meets all applicable community standards for development. Additionally, the project is proposed to be placed in an area that does not contain prime farmland and will not convert existing agricultural crop area to non-agricultural use. The project area does not fall within San Joaquin Kit Fox habitat, therefore, does not require related mitigation measures. A biological resources assessment was prepared for this project and has identified appropriate avoidance measures to reduce any potential impacts to protected species known to occur in the area to a less than significant level. The project is not located within a designated Highway Design Corridor. There is no current proposal for the removal of any heritage oak trees. Removal of any trees on site will be replanted at an appropriate ratio. No archaeological study was performed due to the location, parcel topography and minimal amount of site disturbance. Additionally, nearby previous archaeological and cultural studies are not have resulted in no findings within the project vicinity. In the unlikely event resources are uncovered during grading activities, implementation of County Code Section 22.10.040 (Archaeological Resources) would be required, which states: A. Construction activities shall cease, and the Department shall be notified so that the extent and location of discovered materials may be recorded by a qualified archaeologist, and disposition of artifacts may be accomplished in accordance with state and federal law. B. In the event archeological resources are found to include human remains, or in any other case when human remains are discovered during construction, the County Coroner shall be notified in addition to the Department so proper disposition may be accomplished. Existing grading and drainage regulations will adequately address surface water quality impacts during construction and permanent use of the on-site residence and associated improvements. The project will maintain compliance with local policies and ordinances protecting biological and archaeological resources. In conclusion, the project will conform to the applicable General Plan and Area Plan standards, and no measures beyond those required by the County Code are necessary to address the environmental impacts associated with the proposed project.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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