TYPES OF EXCEPTIONS
- A project may be exempt from the CEQA process by the application of categorical exemption.
- The existence of the exception requires the project to go through the CEQA process regardless of the fact that the project otherwise meets the criteria of an exemption.
- Projects that which may result in damage
to scenic resources within a duly designated scenic
- Projects located on a site or facility
listed pursuant to Cal Govt Code §65962.5
- Projects that may cause a substantial
adverse change in the significane of an historical
- See Public Resources Code §21084
- Location based exceptions apply only to Class 3, 4, 5, 6, and 11 categorical exceptions.
- Location based exceptions apply where a project that is exempt based on one of the above classes may impact on an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern.
- See Guidelines §15300.2(a)
SIGNIFICANT EFFECT DUE TO UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES
- This exception applies when, although one may not have a significant impact, the impact of successive projects, of the same type, in the same place, over time is significant. Guidelines §15300.2(b)
- Cumulative impacts are two or more individual effects which, when considered together, areconsiderable or which compound or increase other enviromental impacts. Guidelines §15355
- This exception applies when, although the project may otherwise be exempt, there is a reasonable possibility that the project will have a significant effect due to unusual circumstances.
- The signifcant effect must be on the environment.
- See Guidelines §15300.2(b)
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