Beauty Utopia (ENV-2024-3117-CE)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Los Angeles
Document Title
Beauty Utopia (ENV-2024-3117-CE)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project is a Project Compliance Review for a change of use from Restaurant to Beauty Salon with improvements to the interior tenant space of 718 square feet, within an existing 8,423-square-foot one-story multi-tenant commercial building located with the Northeast Los Angeles Community Plan. The subject site is located at 2501 West Colorado Boulevard, Unit F, on the north side of Colorado Boulevard between College View Avenue and Live Oak View Avenue. The site is located within Subarea I of the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, which allows for a by-right Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 1.0 to 1. No changes to the existing floor area or exterior modifications to the building are proposed at this time. The site is zoned [Q]C4-2D and has a General Plan Land Use Designation of Community Commercial. Properties to the south, west and east are also zoned [Q]C4-2D and improved with commercial uses. Properties to the north are zoned R1-1 and separated from the subject site by an alley. The commercial properties are generally improved with one- and two-story buildings with neighborhood commercial uses such as retail, office, and restaurant.

Contact Information

Debbie Lawrence
Agency Name
City of Los Angeles, City Planning Department
Job Title
City Planning Associate
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California
Cross Streets
Colorado Blvd & College View Ave
State Highways
SR-2, SR-134
Other Location Info
2501 West Colorado Boulevard, Unit F

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
SEC 15301 / CLASS 1
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 (Existing Facilities). Categorical Exemption Class 1 allows for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing. Exceptions Narrative for Categorical Exemption There are six (6) Exceptions which the City is required to consider before finding a project exempt under Class 15311: (a) Location; (b) Cumulative Impacts; (c) Significant Effect; (d) Scenic Highways; (e) Hazardous Waste Sites; and (f) Historical Resources. As shown in the case file, the project is consistent with the applicable Northeast Los Angeles Community Plan designation and policies and all applicable zoning designations and regulations. The subject site is wholly within the City of Los Angeles, on a site that is approximately 8,625.8 square feet. Lots adjacent to the subject site are developed with commercial and residential uses in an urbanized area. The project site is previously disturbed and surrounded by development and therefore is not, and has no value as, a habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species. It is currently developed with an existing building with a commercial use and surrounded by development, and therefore is not, and has no value as, a habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species. No changes to the existing floor area are proposed for this project. Regulatory Compliance Measures (RCMs), which require compliance with the City of Los Angeles Noise Ordinance; pollutant discharge, dewatering, stormwater mitigations; and Best Management Practices for stormwater runoff will apply if the project involves any construction. These RCMs will ensure the project will not have significant impacts on noise and water. Furthermore, the project does not exceed the threshold criteria established by LADOT for preparing a traffic study. Therefore, the project will not have any significant impacts to traffic. Interim thresholds were developed by DCP staff based on CalEEMod model runs relying on reasonable assumptions, consulting with AQMD staff, and surveying published air quality studies for which criteria air pollutants did not exceed the established SCAQMD construction and operational thresholds. Therefore, the project meets the Criteria for a Class 1 Categorical Exemption. The subject site is located within the Raymond Fault Zone, and Special Grading Area as identified on the latest Bureau of Engineering Basic Grid Map A-13372. Per Section 91.7003 of the Building Code, RCMs, including, Aesthetics (RC-AE-3 Vandalism), RC-AE-4 (Signage), Noise (RC-NO-1 (Demolition, Grading, and Construction Activities)); and Public Utilities and Service Systems (RCWS-2 (Green Building Code), RC-EN-1 (Green Building Code)) in the City of Los Angeles regulate construction of projects and will reduce any potential impacts to less than significant. These RCMs have been historically proven to work to the satisfaction of the City Engineer to reduce any impacts from the specific environment the project is located. No changes to the existing floor area are proposed for this project. Thus, the project will not result in a significant impact based on its location, nor will there be any significant cumulative impacts. There are no unusual circumstances which may lead to a significant effect on the environment. The only State Scenic Highway within the City of Los Angeles is the Topanga Canyon State Scenic Highway, State Route 27, which travels through a portion of Topanga State Park. The Topanga Canyon State Scenic Highway is approximately 23 miles west of the subject site. Therefore, the subject site will not create any impacts within a designated as a state scenic highway. Furthermore, according to Envirostor, the State of California’s database of Hazardous Waste Sites, neither the subject site, nor any site in the vicinity, is identified as a hazardous waste site. The project site has not been identified as a historic resource by local or state agencies, and the project site has not been determined to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments Register, and/or any local register; and was not found to be a potential historic resource based on the City’s HistoricPlacesLA website or SurveyLA, the citywide survey of Los Angeles. Finally, the City does not choose to treat the site as a historic resource. Based on this, the project will not result in a substantial adverse change to the significance of a historic resource and this exception does not apply.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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