Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) & Other CEQA Documents
Aztec Recreation Center Expansion - Categorical Exemption (2019)
San Diego State University (SDSU) proposes to renovate and expand the existing Aztec Recreation Center (ARC). The existing ARC is 74,000 gross square feet (GSF) in size and the proposed project would expand the ARC facility by approximately 68,000 GSF; no increase in student population is proposed. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve and expand recreation and fitness facilities for SDSU students staff and faculty.
The proposed project has been analyzed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has been found to be exempt from further analysis based on the following exemptions:
(1) Class 32 Categorical Exemption - In-Fill Development Projects; (2) the "Common Sense" Exemption; and (3) Class 2 Categorical Exemption - Replacement or Reconstruction.
For further details about the proposed project, please see the Memorandum in Support of Notice of Exemption linked below.
The proposed project will be considered for approval by the Board of Trustees of California State University at its meeting to be held on May 21-22 in Long Beach, California.
2007 Campus Master Plan Revision and 2018 DAA/FAA
On Friday, October 12, the San Diego Superior Court ruled in favor of SDSU’s motion to discharge the peremptory writ of mandate issued as a result of rulings by the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal that had suspended SDSU’s Master Plan. The ruling cleared the way for SDSU to move forward with implementation of the 2007 Campus Master Plan.
Board of Trustees Approval
At its May 15-16, 2018 meeting, the CSU Board of Trustees re-approved the 2007 Campus Master Plan Revision and recertified of the corresponding FEIR, as amended by the FAA.
In 2007, the CSU Board of Trustees approved the SDSU 2007 Campus Master Plan (CMP), which authorized:
- An enrollment increase of 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) students over the next 15-20 years from 25,000 to 35,000; and,
- The near-term and future development of six project components including Adobe Falls Faculty/Staff Housing, Alvarado Campus, Alvarado Hotel, Campus Conference Center, Student Housing and the Student Union/Aztec Center Expansion and Renovation.
Following the Trustees’ approval, the City of San Diego, SANDAG/MTS, and the Del Cerro
Action Council each filed a lawsuit challenging the 2007 CMP EIR.
The lawsuits raised multiple issues, and the litigation proceeded from Superior Court, to the Court of Appeal, to the California Supreme Court. Ultimately, the courts dismissed most of the claims, finding that the EIR was adequate in most respects, with the following three limited exceptions:
- Contingent Mitigation Payment Inadequate. The courts found that the EIR’s traffic mitigation measures, which required payments to the City of San Diego for certain road improvements, were inadequate. The reason they were found inadequate was because the payment of monies to the City was made contingent upon Legislative appropriation; that is, CSU/SDSU was only required to pay the money if the Legislature specifically appropriated the funds;
- Transit Analysis Inadequate. The courts found that the EIR’s analysis of transit-related impacts was inadequate, since the EIR did not properly analyze the potential impacts the additional 10,000 students would have on the bus and trolley system; and
- Transportation Demand Management Mitigation Inadequate. Lastly, the courts found that the EIR’s mitigation measure requiring SDSU to prepare a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan was inadequate because it improperly deferred preparation of the plan.
SDSU prepared the 2018 Draft Additional Analysis (DAA) to address those portions of the 2007 EIR found inadequate by the courts. It includes revised traffic mitigation measures that require SDSU to implement recommended road improvements, where applicable. The DAA also includes a quantitative analysis of the project’s impacts on the trolley and bus system, and a mitigation measure requiring that SDSU implement a TDM program that includes a TDM coordinator, increased rideshare opportunities, facilities to increase bicycle and pedestrian travel, and incentives to ride transit.
FINAL ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS
The FAA contains responses to all comments on the DAA submitted during public review period, as well as revisions to the DAA and supplemental materials provided in response to the comments.
Linked below is a copy of the FAA and two related documents - The Final EIR Revised Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and the CEQA Findings/Statement of Overriding Considerations.
The first link provided is to the FAA Table of Contents, which provides an overview of the materials included in the FAA. Following the Table of Contents, the introduction provides a more detailed overview of the FAA contents. The introduction is followed by the Responses to Comments section, which includes: (1) An alphabetical index of the comment letters received on the DAA, including the assigned alpha numeric identification; (2) copies of all comment letters received, with each individual comment bracketed and numbered; and (3) a Responses to Comments table that includes the full text of all comments and SDSU's corresponding responses to each comment. The Responses to Comments table is followed by two Topical Responses - one provides an analysis of the project modification to eliminate the Alvarado Hotel in order to further reduce vehicle trips and traffic impacts, and the other provides a summary of the meetings SDSU has held with public agencies regarding the DAA since October 2017.
Following the Responses to Comments section, the Revisions to the Draft Additional Analysis section includes all pages of the DAA that have been revised in response to comments, with deleted text shown in strike through format and new text shown with a double underline.
Two Appendices also are included. Appendix Z contains materials relating to the notice that was provided for the DAA, including affidavit of publication in the San Diego Union Tribune, a letter from the San Diego County Clerk regarding posting, and the NOA mailing distribution list.
Appendix AA contains transportation analysis related materials, including revisions to the Transportation Impact Analysis published in January 2018 (revised pages only), and additional transportation impact analysis appendices. Appendix AA also contains supplemental materials provided in response to comments received on the DAA.
The following are the links to the Final Additional Analysis and Related Materials
- Cover, Table of Contents, Introduction and Responses to Comments (May 2018) 12.9mb
- Revisions to Draft Additional Analysis (revised pages) (May 2018)
- Supplemental Appendix Materials 20.8mb
- Appendix Z – Notice Related Materials (May 2018)
- Appendix AA - Transportation Analysis Related Materials (May 2018)
- Final EIR Revised Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
- CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations
- Notice of Availability (NOA)
- Draft Additional Analysis (January 2018)
- 2007 Master Plan Update Transportation Impact Analysis (January 2018) 59.2mb
- Court Opinions - California Supreme Court Opinion (2015) and Court of Appeal (2011)
- Superior Court Peremptory Writ of Mandate and Judgement (2015)
- Agency Meetings Summary (January 2018)
- 2007 Campus Master Plan Revision Final EIR (November 2007)
SDSU 2007 Campus Master Plan Final EIR (2007)
New Student Housing EIR (2017)
The new freshman residence hall will provide on-campus housing for 850 students – modified from the originally proposed residence hall complex that would have provided housing for approximately 2,600 students. The New Student Housing EIR was approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2017 and is currently under construction on the west side of campus east of the existing Chapultepec Hall (near the athletic fields and the Rec Center).
Tula Pavilion & Tenochca Hall Notice of Exemption (2017)
This project replaces outdated social/community space for Tenochca Tower, and improves security by relocating separate embedded conference functions to an adjacent site. The project also adds and improves access to outdoor amenities shared by east campus residents.
Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences Mitigated Negative Declaration (2015)
The new five story, 95,000 GSF instructional building on the main campus of SDSU will provide state of the art teaching and research facilities. The project involves the demolition of two existing aging buildings of approximately 47,000 GSF total. The new building will include a landscaped quadrangle and a connection to the existing Engineering Building on two levels.
Plaza Linda Verde Final EIR (2011)
The vision for Plaza Linda Verde is to create a dynamic gateway between the campus and community with tree-lined streets, student housing, outdoor dining and gathering spaces to provide an attractive and exciting environment for the community-at-large. The CSU Board of Trustees approved the EIR in May of 2011. Construction of the first phase of Plaza Linda Verde (Building 1 and 2) was completed in January 2017. The project was renamed South Campus Plaza.