Seeking opinions on Montebello Hills development

Cook Hill Properties LLC wants to hear what individuals are looking for in proposed homes in the Montebello homes, according to a recent news letter.

Cook Hill Properties LLC submitted the Montebello Hills Specific Plan December 2007 to build 1,200 residential homes, a series of trials and a public park on nearly 480 acres of open space.

Cook Hill is a development consultant for Plains Exploration & Production Co., which owns the property.

Cook Hill is seeking the opinion of residents and is asking them to fill out a 16-question survey.

To fill out the survey click here.

  • Byron de Arakal

    We appreciate your mention of our Montebello Hills Community Survey. As well, the public can register to receive regular updates on the proposed Montebello Hills Community at http://www.montebellohillsreserve.com/informed.html

    We’d like to clarify one point in your post. The 1,200 new homes proposed are planned for approximately 174 acres of the 488-acre site. The remaining nearly 315 acres will be devoted to the park you mentioned, publicly accessible trails, the Scenic Promenade – a series of linear parks at the top of the Montebello Hills that will provide incredible views – and, most important, the Montebello Hills Habitat Reserve. In fact, the Montebello Hills Habitat Reserve will encompass approximately 260 acres of the 315 acres of open space.

  • 42 yr North Montebello Citizen

    Such a small story with so many distortions and omissions of fact. The first sentence shows that Cook-Hill doesn’t want to hear what the citizens of Montebello actually want. That has been objectively proven by the scoping meetings for the Environmental Impact Report where only a couple of people said that they want condos or detached homes in the hills. Some of the comments of Montebello residents and various organizations and government agencies are in the Scoping Meeting Report on the cityofmontebello.com website. Look in the Appendices for some of the negative comments about this proposed development. If CH really cared what the people thought or wanted, they would withdraw this abortion in the face of near total rejection by the people and pertinent California and Nationwide organizations.

    The second sentence actually contains 4 misstatements. In December, 2007, no mention of trails is made in the MHSP submitted to the city. These have come about in response to the near universal preference of the people of Montebello to have an open space park or no development at all in the last remaining 487 (not 480) acres of undeveloped Hills left in the urban San Gabriel Valley. The first mention of trails (not trials) comes in CH’s recent fourth mass mailing with pretty pictures of the ticky-tacky little boxes they want to put in the hills. Their website has undergone its fifth major overhaul in the last 13 or so months it has been in existence, and now also mentions trails. The 1200 “residential homes” will actually be about 600 condos and 600 detached homes, according to Byron de Arakal, spokesman for CH. Of course, CH won’t put this in its website, but it is in a blog in response to criticism of the development by Save the Montebello Hills Task Force members here:

    http://www.topix.net/forum/source/san-gabriel-valley-tribune/TECOHRFEH5M78JOK5#lastPost

    The public park is now down to 4.2 acres, less than 1% of the total acreage of the site.

  • 42 yr North Mtb Citizen

    Cook Hill is a wholly owned subsidiary of PXP, the current owners of the Hills, NOT a ‘development consultant’. If you look in the privacy statement at the very bottom of their website, you will see that Cook-Hill is actually Cane River Development. Look through secfilings.com for PXP and you will find Cane River Development listed as a subsidiary of PXP. Cook-Hill, LLC was set up by PXP as a ‘straw man’ shell so that when the homeowners start to have problems from the myriad earthquake faults which form a nexus under the hills, natural gas seepage(like the 13 homes condemned in north Montebello), settling, landslides, shifting soil, toxic chemicals (like Racquet Mountain I and II), the deep pockets of PXP will be shielded by the limited liability legal loophole of Cook-Hill.

    Finally, CH is NOT ‘seeking the opinion of residents’, but seeking the opinion of suckers dumb enough to buy houses where no houses should be built according to DOGGR, the California State organization that is in charge of decommisioned and abandoned oil wells, which stated is 2 letters submitted to the city of Montebello in response to both the Montebello Hills Specific Plan and the Montebello General Plan Revision. The letters may be read by anyone who submits a PRA request to the city, or contacts the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force. They state that ‘no human habitation should be built on or near abandoned oil wells’, and that there are hundreds of such well in the proposed project area. These are only two of many, many letters inexplicably omitted by the city in the Scoping Report for the Montebello Hills.

    Finally, to find out what the people of Montebello actually want in the last undeveloped oil hills made famous in the movie “There Will Be Blood”, go to:

    http://angeles.sierraclub.org/environmental/CampaignsLAC_MontebelloHillsTF.asp

  • 42 yr North Mtb Citizen

    Cook Hill is a wholly owned subsidiary of PXP, the current owners of the Hills, NOT a ‘development consultant’. If you look in the privacy statement at the very bottom of their website, you will see that Cook-Hill is actually Cane River Development. Look through secfilings.com for PXP and you will find Cane River Development listed as a subsidiary of PXP. Cook-Hill, LLC was set up by PXP as a ‘straw man’ shell so that when the homeowners start to have problems from the myriad earthquake faults which form a nexus under the hills, natural gas seepage(like the 13 homes condemned in north Montebello), settling, landslides, shifting soil, toxic chemicals (like Racquet Mountain I and II), the deep pockets of PXP will be shielded by the limited liability legal loophole of Cook-Hill.

    Finally, CH is NOT ‘seeking the opinion of residents’, but seeking the opinion of suckers dumb enough to buy houses where no houses should be built according to DOGGR, the California State organization that is in charge of decommisioned and abandoned oil wells, which stated is 2 letters submitted to the city of Montebello in response to both the Montebello Hills Specific Plan and the Montebello General Plan Revision. The letters may be read by anyone who submits a PRA request to the city, or contacts the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force. They state that ‘no human habitation should be built on or near abandoned oil wells’, and that there are hundreds of such well in the proposed project area. These are only two of many, many letters inexplicably omitted by the city in the Scoping Report for the Montebello Hills.

    Finally, to find out what the people of Montebello actually want in the last undeveloped oil hills made famous in the movie “There Will Be Blood”, go to:

    http://angeles.sierraclub.org/environmental/CampaignsLAC_MontebelloHillsTF.asp

  • 42 yr North Mtb Citizen

    Hey, Mr Webmaster, what happened to my first post and why is my second post posted twice? Maybe this is why Rosie doesn’t want Amanda to interview her directly.

    Anyway, I’ll repeat most of my first post.

    For such a small story, there are many, many distortions and omissions of facts here. The first sentence shows how Cook-Hill doesn’t care what the residents of Montebello want or need. If you read the Scoping Report on the Montebello Hills Specific Plan on the cityofmontebello.com website, you will see that the proposed development is universally despised by the vast majority of respondants. In fact, there were so many anti-development comments and letters submitted before the Scoping Meeting, that the city just omitted them from the Scoping Report and funnelled them into the still-secret Environmental Impact Report. CH just wants to hear from the 1% or so of residents who want to build homes in the disaster zone.

    The plan submitted to the city in 2007 has no mention of trails (not trials). These are a recent add-on which appear first in the developer’s fourth mass mailing and in their recent, fifth major overhaul of their website. The trails are an attempt to mollify some of the universal denigration of the plan by Montebello and surrounding city’s residents.

    The MHSP also has envisioned about 600 condos and 600 detached homes, NOT ’1200 residential homes’. This doesn’t appear in any of their literature or the fifth website, but in a blog by CH spokesman Byron de Arakal at:

    http://www.topix.net/forum/source/san-gabriel-valley-tribune/TECOHRFEH5M78JOK5#lastpost

    The public park is now down to 4.2 acres, less than 1% of the 487 (not 480) acres of Hills.

  • Byron de Arakal

    We doubt the more than 300 people who have completed the Montebello Hills Community Survey would consider themselves “dumb” or “suckers.” Also, allow me to correct a few errors in your post:

    1. The Montebello Hills Specific Plan submitted to the city in November 2007 does indeed propose an extensive trail system. It is NOT a recent add-on.

    2. We will soon announce the launch of the FIRST “major overhaul” of the Montebello Hills Specific Plan website, not the fifth.