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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W.M. Keck Science Center Expansion Project
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration - April 2020
The W.M. Keck Science Center Expansion Project (proposed project) would include the construction of a three-story, 70,092 square-foot building (referred to throughout as the ‘new science building’) on the existing Revelle Parking Lot (project site), located at Scripps College in the City of Claremont (City). The 1.16-acre project site is located on a southeastern segment of the existing Scripps College Campus; specifically, the proposed project would be an expansion of the existing W.M. Keck Science Center (referred to throughout as the ‘existing W.M. Keck Science Center’), which is located adjacent to the project site at 925 North Mills Avenue in the City. The proposed project would include grading of the project site, the construction of the new science building and associated utility, hardscaping, and landscaping improvements.
Keck Science Center Appendices (4-23-20)
Claremont Commons Environmental Review Documents
DRAFT EIR REVIEW PERIOD: April 29 – June 15, 2020
The City of Claremont (City) is the Lead Agency pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) addressing The Commons project which consists of a Specific Plan, development plans, a tentative tract map, and amendments to the City’s General Plan and Zoning Maps. This Notice of Availability (NOA) 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 on the content of the Draft EIR. The City is requesting input regarding the content of the environmental information to be addressed in the Draft EIR.
PROJECT LOCATION: The Commons is proposed on approximately 6.5 acres located near the northwest corner of Foothill Boulevard and Monte Vista Avenue in the City of Claremont in Los Angeles County
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Commons would establish land use regulations, development standards, and design guidelines for development within the Specific Plan planning area in the City of Claremont only. 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 would provide a high quality planned development that provides a diverse mix of housing opportunities with a small area of retail.
The Commons 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. The development will have a 150 foot wide avigation 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 site will be accessed by two driveways on Foothill Boulevard and one on Monte Vista Avenue.
Environmental Effects Evaluated in the Draft EIR: The City prepared an Initial Study for the proposed project and determined the project may have a potentially significant impact on the environment and that preparation of an EIR is the appropriate level of documentation pursuant to CEQA. The maximum development capacity allowed by the Specific Plan has been analyzed in the EIR to provide a conservative estimate of potential environmental impacts of the project. The EIR evaluated the potential of the project to impact the following environmental topics: Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards, Hydrology & Water Quality, Land Use & Planning, Noise, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, and Wildfires.
Draft EIR & Appendices
Draft EIR (April 27, 2020)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.