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    13.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 09/10/2019  

SUBJECT:
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH ECORP CONSULTING, INC. FOR THE RANCHO CIELITO PROJECT
RECOMMENDATION:
Authorize the execution of a Professional Services Agreement with ECORP Consulting, Inc. for a not-to-exceed amount of $73,300 to prepare and process a Mitigation Negative Declaration Report in compliance with CEQA for the Rancho Cielito Project.
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
Staff is currently reviewing a development application from Rolling Ridge Ranch to develop 354 multi-family apartments on a 48.37 acre site. The site consists of 29.50 acres of land and the 18.87 acre Lake Los Serranos. 
 
A CEQA review is required for the proposed project. Staff requested proposals for preparation of the CEQA documents from four firms on the City's approved On-call Environmental and Planning Related Consultant Services RFQ list. ECORP was selected to prepare the expected Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Project in accordance with CEQA and the City’s CEQA implementation policies and guidelines, including the preparation of the necessary CEQA documentation and related technical studies. Should staff determine through the CEQA process that an Environmental Impact Report or other CEQA documentation is required, an amended or subsequent agreement will be processed.

ECORP was selected because the firm has a high level of experience and expertise with preparing related environmental documents, including projects within the City. Their proposed cost is competitive and consistent with the cost for recent environmental reviews in the City by other consultants. Exhibit A presents the scope of work for the CEQA documentation and related technical studies, and Exhibit B presents the compensation for the study's preparation. (See attachments.)
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This action of authorizing the execution of the agreement is not a project within the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., "CEQA") and CEQA Guidelines (Title 14 California Code of Regulations §§ 15000, et seq.) Section 15378 and is therefore exempt from CEQA. It will not result in any direct or indirect physical change in the environment, because it is only a preliminary action required in order to study the proposed project.
FISCAL IMPACT:
There is sufficient funding in the Trust Deposit Account to cover the Fiscal Year 2019/20 cost of the ECORP Consulting, Inc. agreement.  There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund.
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
This item has been reviewed by the Finance Director.
Attachments
Agreement
Exhibit A
Exhibit B

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