The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a state statute that requires LAUSD to undertake specified environmental review of projects prior to approval by the LAUSD Board of Education. In April 2003, the Board of Education adopted the LAUSD Procedures for Implementing the CEQA, which incorporates by reference the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Section 15000 et seq.) As authorized by Section 15025 of the State CEQA Guidelines, the Board of Education has delegated CEQA's environmental assessment functions to Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS). The Director of OEHS serves as the District's CEQA Officer.
The District acquires, constructs, leases and operates many different types of educational and support facilities. Depending on the circumstances, such activities may result in either a direct physical change in the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. The primary purpose of CEQA is to inform decision makers and the public about the potential, significant environmental effects of these proposed activities and identify the ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced through the use of feasible alternatives or mitigation measures.
In addition, the CEQA unit at OEHS is responsible for monitoring the ongoing changes in the community surrounding the over 1,000 schools and other facilities that the District operates. They review these sites on a regular basis for concerns related to the environmental health safety of students and staff.
CEQA Documents Available for Public Review
Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the Venice High School Comprehensive Modernization
The draft IS/ND for the Venice High School Comprehensive Modernization is available for a 30-day review and comment period from March 14, 2017 through April 12, 2017. A public meeting for the project will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria at Venice High School, which is located at 13000 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.
The draft IS/MND for the Colfax Charter Elementary School Project is available for a 30-day review and comment period from February 2, 2017 through March 3, 2017. A public meeting for the project will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Auditorium at the Colfax Charter Elementary School, located at 11724 Addison Street, Valley Village, CA.
Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP) for the Hale Charter Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
The IS/NOP for the Hale Charter Academy VAPA Project is available for a 30-day review and comment period starting on November 22, 2016 through January 6, 2017. A public scoping meeting for the project will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium at Haynes Charter for Enriched Studies, located at 6624 Lockhurst Drive, West Hills, CA.
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Panama Street K-8 School Project
The IS/MND was adopted by the Board of Education on January 10, 2017. The Board also approved the project and a zoning exemption under separate actions.
The IS/ND for the Legacy HS Draft RAP for OU 3 was certified by the Board of Education on February 9, 2016.
Program EIR for the School Upgrade Program
A Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to address the environmental effects associated with the implementation of the District's School Upgrade Program (SUP). A link to the Final Program EIR is below. The Final Program EIR was certified by the Board of Education on November 10, 2015.
Historic Resources Inventory
Character-Defining Features Memoranda (CDFM)
The first step in the project planning process involving a historically significant school is the identification of character-defining features that account for its eligibility as a historical resource. The baseline data presented in these CDFMs is used in conjunction with the LAUSD Guidelines and Treatment Approaches for Historic Schools to ensure modernization and upgrade projects will avoid significant adverse impacts to the significance of our historical campuses.