The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the potential significant environmental impacts of a project and suggest methods to minimize or eliminate those impacts, if feasible. When a project is subject to review under CEQA, the City prepares an Initial Study.
"Initial Study" means a preliminary analysis conducted by the City to determine whether an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or a Negative Declaration must be prepared or to identify the significant environmental effects to be analyzed in an EIR.
Below are CEQA-related documents that the City has released for public review. These documents can also be reviewed at the City Hall public counter (207 Harvard Ave.) and at the Claremont Library (208 Harvard Ave.) during regular business hours. Please refer to each Initial Study for applicable review period dates and staff contact information.
For general questions, please contact the Planning Division.
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Claremont Commons Initial Study
The City of Claremont (City) will be the Lead Agency pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) addressing The Commons project with consists of a Specific Plan, development plans, a tentative tract map, and amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Maps. This Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared and distributed by the City to solicit written comments from responsible and trustee agencies, from the state agencies, and interested organizations and individuals. The City is requesting input regarding the scope and content of the environmental information to be addressed in the Draft EIR.
PROJECT LOCATION: The Commons Specific Plan is proposed on approximately 9.5 acres located at the northwest corner of Foothill Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue in the City of Claremont and the City of Upland. The City of Claremont is located in Los Angeles County and the City of Upland is located in San Bernardino County. The City of Claremont portion of the project site is 6.5 acres of the 9.5 acres. The City of Upland portion of the project site is 3.0 of the 9.5 acres.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Commons Specific Plan would establish land use regulations, development standards, and design guidelines for development within the Specific Plan planning area. The intent is to provide specificity with regard to permitted uses and expectations for the design and construction of new buildings and parking facilities, development and use of open spaces, internal roadway and other circulation improvements, lighting, and landscaping. Future development within The Commons Specific Plan would provide a high quality planned development that provides a diverse mix of housing opportunities with a small area of retail.
The Commons Specific Plan would include a total of 62 dwelling units (27 single‐family detached homes, 20 townhomes with 15 flats above the retail spaces) and 5,000 square feet of retail and associated parking in Claremont and 48 townhomes in the Upland portion of the project. The development will have a wide easement, which will be used as active and passive open space for the project. There are three types of plans that will be built on site: single‐family detached units, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom townhomes, and single‐story flats. The household expected size is between 2 and 5 occupants.
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report - NOP Review Period: November 20, 2019 - December 20, 2019
Old School House
On July 11, 2017, the City Council approved a resolution adopting an addendum to the 2006 Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Old School House/Claremont Inn Revitalization Specific Plan (State Clearinghouse Number 2006101134). The addendum to the adopted MND for the Specific Plan was prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to address the impacts of proposed minor changes. Based on the findings and information contained in the previous MND, staff’s analysis in the new Addendum, and the CEQA statute and State CEQA Guidelines, including sections 15162 and 15164, it was determination that the changes would not result in any new significant environmental effects beyond those impacts analyzed in the MND adopted for the Specific Plan.
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Keck Graduate Institute Mixed Use Project
Keck Graduate Institute and Hanover Pacific, LLC are proposing a project that involves:
• Development of two new, four-story KGI campus buildings located on the existing vacant lot at the southwest corner of Bucknell Avenue and Wharton Drive/Santa Fe Street. Buildings would include residential units, academic space, and ancillary uses.
• Expansion of three existing parking lots, and development of one new parking lot; resulting in a total increase of 212 parking spaces.
• New and remodeled open spaces such as courtyards, plazas, walkways, streetscapes, and landscaping.
• Enrollment increase from 456 students, faculty, and staff in the 2015–2016 academic year to 723 students, faculty, and staff in the 2021–2022 academic year.
Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) an Initial Study has been prepared for the proposed project, which determined there could be significant impacts however, through the incorporation of mitigation measures, these impacts would be reduced to less than significant levels. Impacts to all other study areas were found to be less than significant. A Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has therefore been prepared. The public review period for the Initial Study and Draft MND commenced on November 1, 2016, and concluded on December 1, 2016.
Copies of the Initial Study-Draft MND, and project design plans are available in the Planning Division, located at Claremont City Hall, 207 Harvard Avenue. The Initial Study-Draft MND may also be viewed at http://www.rinconconsultants.net/files/kgi/Keck Graduate Institute_Draft IS-MND_November 2016.pdf.
For additional project information, please contact Principal Planner Christopher Veirs at (909) 399-5486 or CVeirs@ci.claremont.ca.us, or City Engineer Maria Tipping at (909) 399-5474 or MTipping@ci.claremont.ca.us.
The Traffic and Transportation Commission reviewed the traffic study and provided comments during this review period at their special meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
The Architectural Commission is the decision making body regarding the project’s environmental documentation, as well as the design review for all the new buildings, landscaping, and other site changes, including a setback reduction request. The Architectural Commission reviewed this matter at their meeting on December 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Project Documents & Appendices - KGI Mixed Use Project IS & MND
KGI IS & MND Documents
Southwest San Jose Specific Plan
With assistance from PlaceWorks Planning and Environmental Consultants, the City has prepared an Initial Study to determine if the proposed Southwest San Jose Specific Plan (Specific Plan) could have a significant impact on the environment. The Initial Study indicates that adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration is the appropriate level of environmental review in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The review period for the Initial Study review and Drafted Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Specific Plan commenced on June 9, 2016, and concluded on June 28, 2016.
The Specific Plan proposes new land use standards and design guidelines to allow for the enhancement and redevelopment of a currently developed 3.96-acre site located near the southern end of the city. Proposed actions include: demolition of the existing two-story, 64-room motel (Knights Inn), and construction of a new, four-story hotel (Hampton Inn) with 121 rooms, pool and spa, and additional site improvements.
Public Hearing Schedule
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to consider the Specific Plan and associated environmental documentation. The Planning Commission is an advisory body on this matter and will make a recommendation to the City Council. A hearing before the City Council, the decision-making body for the proposal, was conducted on July 12, 2016. Following the City Council’s decision, the Architectural Commission considered the proposed design of the new hotel and associated site and landscape improvements on July 27, 2016.
If you would like to be notified electronically about this project in the future, please provide your email address to Leticia Cardoso, Senior Planner, at (909) 399-5322 or Lcardoso@ci.claremont.ca.us.
View the Appendices:
- ApndxA_AQ&GHG Background & Modeling Data
- ApndxB_Prelim Geotech Investigation
- ApndxC_Phase I ESA
- ApndxD_SWPPP Report
- ApndxE_LID Report
- ApndxF_Noise Background & Modeling Data
Pomona College 2015 Campus Master Plan, EIR, & Change of Zone
Pomona College has submitted a long range Master Plan for planned future improvements to the Pomona College campus over a period of 15 years from the date of City approval of the Master Plan.
The City Council held a Public Hearing on April 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 225 W. Second Street. The public is invited to comment n the Final EIR, Master plan, and Change of Zone.
If you would like to be notified electronically about this project in the future, please provide your email address to Leticia Cardoso, Senior Planner, at (909) 399-5322 or email@example.com.
Serrano II Residential Project
The City Council considered the Serrano II project at their meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The residential project (Serrano II) is proposed by a private developer (D.R. Horton – Los Angeles Holding Co., Inc.), and consists of 40, individually detached, residential condominium homes. Once completed, this project would be integrated with the Serrano I development, which is currently under construction and located west of and adjacent to the western boundary of the project site, located at 700 W. Base Line Road, approximately 0.2 miles east of Mountain Avenue.
The Traffic and Transportation Commission and Planning Commission considered the subject project on January 23, 2014 and July 15, 2014. This project was originally noticed for the City Council meeting on September 9, 2014, however at the applicant’s request, the item was not heard and continued. The project’s original draft CEQA Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration has now been revised and was available for public review from March 16, 2015 through April 14, 2015. The Initial Study concluded that the project would not have a significant effect on the environment with the implementation of mitigation measures.