CITY OF LOS ANGELES
OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK
200 NORTH SPRING STREET, ROOM 360
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90012
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT
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NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
(California Environmental Quality Act Section 15062)
Filing of this form is optional. If filed, the form shall be filed with the County Clerk, 12400 E. Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650,
pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21152 (b). Pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21167 (d), the filing of this notice
starts a 35-day statute of limitations on court challenges to the approval of the project. Failure to file this notice with the County Clerk
results in the statute of limitations being extended to 180 days._____________________________________________________________
LEAD CITY AGENCY COUNCIL DISTRICT
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning 4
800 S. LORRAINE BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90005
DESCRIPTION OF NATURE, PURPOSE, AND BENEFICIARIES OF PROJECT:
MERGER OF EXCESS CITY RIGHT-OF-WAY ALONG 8th STREET AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN 11-UNIT
NAME OF PERSON OR AGENCY CARRYING OUT PROJECT, IF OTHER THAN LEAD CITY AGENCY:
AREA CODE |TELEPHONE NUMBER |
EXEMPT STATUS: (Check One)
STATE CEQA GUIDELINES CITY CEQA GUIDELINES
MINISTERIAL Sec. 15268 Art. II, Sec. 2b
DECLARED EMERGENCY Sec. 15269 Art. II, Sec. 2a (1)
EMERGENCY PROJECT Sec. 15269 (b) & (c) Art. II, Sec. 2a (2) & (3)
X CATEGORICAL EXEMPTION Sec. 15300 etseq. Art. Ill, Sec. 1
GENERAL EXEMPTION Sec. 15060 n/a
(City CEQA Guidelines)
(City CEQA Guidelines)
OTHER (See Public Resources Code Sec. 21080 (b) and set forth state and City guideline provision.
IF FILED BY APPLICANT, ATTACH CERTIFIED DOCUMENT ISSUED BY THE CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT STATING THAT
THE DEPARTMENT HAS FQUND THE PROJECT TO BE EXEMPT.
2SIGNATURi TITLECity Planning Associate DATE09/30/2016
FEE: .RECEIPT NO.
DISTRIBUTION: (1) County Clerk, (2) City Clerk, (3) Agency Record
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IF FILED BY THE APPLICANT:
NAME (PRINTED) SIGNATURE
JUSTIFICATION FOR PROJECT EXEMPTION: Minor street, alley and utility easement vacations where the vacated property does not
constitute a buildable site that would allow a commercial or industrial development of more than 10,000 square feet or a residential
development of more than 25 units.
The project is a vesting tentative tract map for the merger of 7 feet of excess City right-of-way along 8lh Street with the 7,853 square-foot
subject property. After dedication and merger the lot area will be approximately 8,041 square feet. A future 11-unit apartment building will
be constructed on the site.
In-fill development meeting the conditions described in this section.
(a) The project is consistent with the applicable general plan designation and all applicable general plan policies as well as with the
applicable zoning designation and regulations.
The project is located in the Wilshire Community with a plan designation of Medium Residential with a corresponding zone of R3. The
project site is zoned [QjR3-1-HPOZ. The R3 Zone requires a minimum lot area of 5,000 square feet and a minimum area of 800 square
feet per dwelling unit. The project site is 7,853 square feet prior to dedication and merger, which permits a maximum of nine dwelling
units on the site. The apartment building will include one very low income unit which will permit a 35 percent density bonus or four extra
units. The apartment building will include only two extra units for a total of 11 units. The project request does not include any deviations
from the Zoning Code. The project is consistent with the General Plan and the zone.
(b) The proposed development occurs within city limits on a project site of no more than five acres substantially surrounded by urban
The proposed project is located within the City limits and is less than one-half acre. Surrounding properties are zoned [Q]R3-1-HPOZ and
R3-1-HPOZ, and are developed with single-family and multi-family dwellings, and a church.
(c) The project site has no value as habitat for endangered, rare or threatened species.
The project site is located in a highly urbanized area and has not been identified as an ecologically sensitive area. Furthermore, the
surrounding area is presently developed with residential structures and does not provide a natural habitat for either fish or wildlife.
(d) Approval of the project would not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality.
The project will not result in any significant effects relating to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality. The estimated trip generation is
below the daily vehicle trip threshold (40 apartment units) for potentially significant traffic impacts as determined by the City’s Department
of Transportation. The project shall comply with Regulatory Compliance Measures that regulate construction-related noise levels
including Noise Ordinance Nos. 144,331 and 161,574, such that the proposed project will not result in any significant noise impacts.
Construction and operational emissions from project-related traffic will not exceed the localized significance thresholds for criteria air
pollutants set by the Southern California Air Quality Management District. The project is limited to residential uses and does not involve
industrial or other activities that would substantially degrade water quality.
(e) The site can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services.
There is an existing sewer available in the street adjoining the project site. This project will connect to the public sewer system and will
not result in violation of the California Water Code. The project is served by Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 29, Los Angeles
Police Department Wilshire Division, Los Angeles Public Library, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The site is therefore
adequately served by all of the City's required utilities and public services, and the proposed project is not anticipated to create any
impacts on existing utilities and public services.
There are six (6) exceptions to the Categorical Exemptions identified in the State CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2.
(a) Location. Classes 3, 4, 5, 6, and 11 are qualified by consideration of where the project is to be located - a project that is ordinarily
insignificant in its impact on the environment may in a particularly sensitive environment be significant. Therefore, these classes are
considered to apply in all instances, except where the project may impact on an environment resource of hazardous or critical concern
where designated, precisely mapped, and officially adopted pursuant to law by federal, state, or local agencies.
This exception is not applicable to the subject project. Although the subject site is located in a methane buffer zone, Regulatory
Compliance Measures of the City of Los Angeles require that prior to the issuance of building permit that the site be independently
analyzed by a qualified engineer. The engineer shall investigate and design a methane mitigation system in compliance with the LADBS
Methane Mitigation Standards for the appropriate Site Design Level which will prevent or retard potential methane gas seepage into the
The Grading Division of the Department of Building and Safety has reviewed the subject map and determined that geology/soils reports
are not required prior to planning approval as the property is located outside of a City Los Angeles Hillside Area; is exempt or located
outside of a State of California liquefaction, earthquake induced landslide, or fault-rupture hazard zone; and, does not require any grading
or construction of an engineered retaining structure to remove potential geologic hazards.
(b) Cumulative Impact. All exemptions for these classes are inapplicable when the cumulative impact of successive projects of the same
type in the same place, over time is significant.
The immediate surrounding properties are not expected to have multiple successive projects of similar scale and type as the proposed
project. The project is located in the Wilshire Community Plan, which was adopted with the vision and framework by which the City's
physical and economic resources are to be managed and utilized over time. The Community Plan further refines the General Plan and is
intended to promote an arrangement of land uses, streets and services which will encourage and contribute to the economic, social and
physical health, safety, welfare and convenience of the people who live and work in the community. Thus, the project is not anticipated to
result in a significant cumulative impact for successive projects of the same type in the same place over time.
In the immediate vicinity of the project site, along Lorraine Boulevard and 8th Street, there has been no new construction since 1994. A
majority of the structures were built prior to 1940. The subject site is the sole vacant piece of property within 500 feet. Thus, the
cumulative impact of prior projects of the same type in the same place over time is insignificant.
(c) Significant Effect. A categorical exemption shall not be used for an activity where there is a reasonab