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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at LAUSD

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

Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the International Studies Learning Center Addition Project

The Draft EIR for the International Studies Learning Center Addition Project is available for a 45-day review and comment period starting on April 10, 2017 through May 24, 2017. A public comment meeting for the project will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Legacy High School Complex, located at 5225 Tweedy Blvd., South Gate, CA. 

 

Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the Venice High School Comprehensive Modernization

The IS/ND for the Venice High School Comprehensive Modernization is scheduled for consideration at the Board of Education on May 9, 2017. The Board of Education meeting will be held in the Board Room at the District Headquarters located at 333 South Beaudry Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. 

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Colfax Charter Elementary School Project

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.

 
Initial Study/Mitigated negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Olive Vista Middle School Seismic Modernization Project
 
The IS/MND was adopted by the Board of Education on June 21, 2016
 
 
Legacy High School (HS) Draft Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for Operable Unit (OU) 3 

The IS/ND for the Legacy HS Draft RAP for OU 3 was certified by the Board of Education on February 9, 2016. 

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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. 

 

Notice of Exemption
When a project is determined to be exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061 of the State CEQA Guidelines, a Notice of Exemption (NOE) is prepared and filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office. NOEs are posted at the County Clerk’s office for 30 days. 



Historic Resources Inventory


In anticipation of implementation of the School Upgrade Program, OEHS has commissioned a District-wide Historic Resource Inventory. As part of this study, an updated Historic Context Statement was prepared and 55 campuses were evaluated for eligibility for listing in the National and/or state registers. LAUSD currently has nearly 150 schools that have been identified as eligible for listing in the National and/or State registers and nearly 200 more that still require historic review. OEHS has also developed procedural guidelines for CEQA compliance, which have been incorporated into the Program EIR for the School Upgrade Program, and design guidelines for the treatment of historic resources. 

 

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.

 

Preliminary Project Referral Form for CEQA & Site Assessment Reviews - Click here to download the Form
 
 
For more information on CEQA at LAUSD, or requests for information regarding our schools, please
e-mail ceqa-comments@lausd.net.
 
 


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