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Atascadero USD |  AR  7150  Facilities

Site Selection And Development   

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As part of the district's site selection process, the Superintendent/Principal or designee shall:

1. Meet with appropriate local government recreation and park authorities to review all possible methods of coordinating the planning, design, and construction of new school facilities and school sites or major additions to existing school facilities and recreation and park facilities in the community. (Education Code 35275)

(cf. 7131 - Relations with Local Agencies)

2. Notify the appropriate local planning agency and request its report and recommendations regarding the proposed site's conformity with the adopted general plan. (Government Code 65402; Public Resources Code 21151.2)

3. Have the site investigated by competent personnel with regard to population trends, transportation, water supply, waste disposal facilities, utilities, traffic hazards, surface drainage conditions and other factors affecting initial and operating costs. This investigation shall include geological and soil engineering studies to preclude locating the school on terrain that may be potentially hazardous. (Education Code 17212-17212.5)

4. Prepare an environmental impact report or negative declaration which complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and includes findings related to hazardous substances, solid wastes and hazardous air emissions. (Public Resources Code 21000-21178; Education Code 17213)

5. If the proposed site is within two miles of the air line of an airport runway or proposed runway, notify and follow the recommendations of the State Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics. (Education Code 17215)

6. If the proposed site is in an area designated in a city, county, or city and county general plan for agricultural use and zoned for agricultural production, ensure that the Board of Trustees has determined all of the following: (Education Code 17215.5)

a. That the district has notified and consulted with the city, county, or city and county within which the prospective site is to be located

b. That the Board has evaluated the final site selection based on all factors affecting the public interest and not limited to selection on the basis of the cost of the land

c. That the district shall attempt to minimize any public health and safety issues resulting from the neighboring agricultural uses that may affect students and employees at the site

7. Ensure that the site meets state standards for school site selection as specified in the Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 14010-14012.5, unless the district has satisfactorily demonstrated to the Superintendent of Public Instruction that circumstances can be mitigated without compromising a safe and supportive school environment. These standards address but are not limited to the following: (Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 14010-14012.5)

a. Acreage and enrollment for a new school site and, if acreage is insufficient, demonstration of how students will be provided an adequate educational program, including physical education

b. Distance from power line and railroad track easements and from roads or freeways that may cause safety and/or sound-level problems

c. Avoidance of safety hazards including earthquake faults, flood areas, landslides, and above-ground water or fuel storage tanks

d. Length-to-width ratio of the site to allow safe supervision of buildings, parking areas and playfields and enable students to meet the district's passing times to classes

e. Traffic patterns and accessibility from roads

f. Compatibility of existing or proposed zoning of surrounding properties

g. Location within the proposed attendance area to encourage student walking and avoid extensive busing

h. Joint use of parks, libraries, museums and other public services

i. Convenience of location for public services, including fire and police protection, public transit and trash disposal

j. Environmental factors of light, wind, noise, aesthetics and air pollution

k. Potential cost and delay issues, such as the distance of utilities to the site and other land development needs, relocation costs and legal fees, landscaping and maintenance costs, the existence of endangered or protected wildlife habitats, etc.

Environmental Impact Investigation

The following actions shall be taken in order to ensure compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act:

1. Each proposed project shall be evaluated to determine whether it:

a. Is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act

b. Is the appropriate subject of a negative declaration

c. May have a significant effect on the environment that makes an environmental impact report (EIR) necessary

2. If the project is categorically exempt from the California Environ-mental Quality Act, a notice of exemption shall be filed pursuant to Public Resources Code 21152.

3. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall consult with the city or county and with the local air quality district in order to identify any facilities within a quarter mile of the proposed site which might produce hazardous air emissions or handle hazardous or acutely hazardous materials, substances or waste. (Education Code 17213)

Following this consultation, the Board shall make one of the following written findings: (Education Code 17213)

a. That no such facilities exist

b. That although such facilities exist, one of the following conditions applies:

(1) The health risks from the facilities do not and will not actually or potentially endanger the health of students or staff.

(2) Corrective measures required under an existing order by another appropriate jurisdiction will, before the school is occupied, mitigate all chronic or accidental hazardous air emissions to levels that will not actually or potentially endanger the health of students or staff.

4. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall determine that the proposed site is not any of the following: (Education Code 17213)

a. The site of a current or former hazardous waste or solid waste disposal site unless, if the site was a former solid waste disposal site, the Board concludes that the wastes have been removed

b. A hazardous substance release site identified by the State Department of Health Services and currently listed for removal or remedial action

c. A site which contains one or more pipelines, under or above ground, carrying hazardous substances, acutely hazardous materials, or hazardous wastes, unless the pipeline is a natural gas line used only to supply natural gas to the school or neighborhood

5. Information resulting from the investigations in items #3 and #4 above shall be included in the negative declaration or EIR.

6. If the initial study has identified potentially significant effects on the environment, a mitigated negative declaration shall be filed. The mitigated negative declaration must show that: (Public Resources Code 21064.5)

a. Revisions in the proposal before the negative declaration is released would mitigate the effect so that no significant effect on the environment would occur.

b. There is no record that the revised project would have a significant effect on the environment.

7. If it is determined that the project does not require the preparation of a draft EIR, a negative declaration and the initial study shall be filed with the Office of Planning and Research (state clearinghouse) and with the county clerk. (Public Resources Code 21152; Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15205-15206)

Copies of the negative declaration and the initial study shall also be made available to local planning agencies, other interested persons, and to the general public.

a. The Board shall not approve a project until at least 30 days have passed for review and comment of the proposed negative declaration or the draft EIR. This review period shall be extended as necessary for review by the state clearinghouse. (Public Resources Code 21091)

When the district is preparing a negative declaration, public notice of that fact shall be provided pursuant to Public Resources Code 21092. The notice shall briefly describe the proposed project and its location, the address where copies of the negative declaration and all documents referenced therein are available for review, the time period when comments will be received, and the date, time and place of any related public meetings or hearings. (Public Resources Code 21092)

The above notice shall be either published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area(s) affected by the notice, posted on or off site in the area where the project is to be located, or mailed directly to the owners and occupants of contiguous property shown on the latest equalized assessment role. (Public Resources Code 21092)

The notice shall also be posted in the office of the county clerk and mailed to all persons who have requested it. It shall remain posted for 20 days unless otherwise required by law to be posted for 30 days. (Public Resources Code 21092.3)

The request for a mailed notice shall be renewed annually. Except for notices sent to public agencies, the district shall charge a fee which is reasonably related to the cost of providing the notice.

b. Upon the close of the review period, the Board shall determine whether the project is the appropriate subject of a negative declaration at a special or regularly scheduled meeting.

(1) The Board may affirm the decision that the project is the appropriate subject of a negative declaration and subsequently proceed according to #8(g).

(2) If the Board determines that the project is not the appropriate subject of a negative declaration, it will proceed in accordance with #8.

8. If the project may have a significant effect on the environment, an EIR shall be prepared. (Public Resources Code 21080, 21153)

a. Upon completion, the draft EIR shall be filed in accordance with Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15206. The notice of completion and draft EIR shall also be made available to local planning agencies, appropriate state agencies, other interested parties, and to the general public.

b. The public review period for the draft EIR shall be no less than 45 days. This review period shall be extended as necessary for review by the state clearinghouse. (Public Resources Code 21091)

c. When the district is preparing an EIR, public notice shall be provided pursuant to Public Resources Code 21092. The notice shall briefly describe the proposed project and its location, any significant effects on the environment anticipated as a result of the project, the address where copies of the draft EIR and all documents referenced therein are available for review, the time period when comments will be received, and the date, time and place of any related public meetings or hearings. (Public Resources Code 21092)

The above notice shall be either published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area(s) affected by the notice, posted on or off site in the area where the project is to be located, or mailed directly to the owners and occupants of contiguous property shown on the latest equalized assessment role. (Public Resources Code 21092)

The notice also shall be posted in the office of the county clerk and mailed to all persons who have requested it. It shall remain posted for 30 days. (Public Resources Code 21092.3)

The request for a mailed notice shall be renewed annually, and a fee may be charged as described in item #7(a) above.

d. After filing the notice of completion, the district shall consult with, and obtain comments from, any bordering cities or counties and any public agency which has jurisdiction over the project. The district also may consult with any other person who has special expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved. (Public Resources Code 21153)

e. Before the final EIR is prepared, the community shall be given the opportunity to comment on the draft.

f. The final EIR shall be adopted by the Board prior to the Board's decision to proceed with the project.

g. The notice of determination shall be filed with the county clerk and the Office of Planning and Research.

9. If mitigation measures are required as part of either making a negative declaration or completing an EIR, the Board shall adopt a reporting and monitoring program. The reporting or monitoring program shall be designed to ensure compliance with the mitigation measure during project implementation. (Public Resources Code 21081.6)

Regulation ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: November 2, 1999 Atascadero, California