Study sessions planned for Montebello Hills

The city will hold two study sessions to review the Montebello Hills Specific Plan and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report.

The first session will be dedicated to the Montebello Hills Specific Plan and the Second Study Session will be dedicated to the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

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

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

The study sessions will provide the public with the opportunity to comment on the proposed project and content of the Draft EIR.

Staff will accept written comments and public testimony during both Study Sessions. All comments will be included in the appropriate administrative records.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 28. The second meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7. Both meetings will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1600 Beverly Boulevard.

For more information, call (323) 887-1477.

  • James I Flournoy

    I travelled over the hill to Montebello City last Friday afternoon April 17 to review the Draft EIR. There was no copy at the City Clerk’s office.
    I was referred to planning.
    After waiting for the planner on duty to finish with a clent he informed me that he did not have a copy either.
    NO COPY AVAILABLE IN PLANNING
    I was given the director- Mr Huntley’s card and asked to contat them on Monday.
    Monday the 20th I e-mailed director Huntley as requested to ascertain the availabilty of the document. AS of today, Wednesday April 22, I have not had a reply and therefore must find that the document is not yet available at Montebello City Hall (the lead agency) as is required.
    The comment period cannot start until the document is available. This would make the comment period end no earlier than June 8.
    How can we have community meetings when there has not been time to look at the document.

    James I Flournoy

  • Linda Strong

    The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Montebello Hills Specific Plan consists of 4 volumes containing approximately 5000 pages.Yet despite the size and complexity of this report, the City of Montebello is only allowing citizens the bare legal minimum requirement of time, 45 days, to review and comment upon this report. Recently the Montebello City Council allowed itself 42 days to review an approximately 60 page report concerning a 1.4 acre land parcel. The Montebello Hills DEIR concerns land parcels totaling 488 acres. Where is the fairness?
    The study session on the DEIR is scheduled for May 7. The deadline for comments on this important report is May 13. The Montebello City Council should extend this deadline an additional 45 days so that citizens will have adequate time to review the report & make comments.

  • Michael W. Popoff

    I spoke at Wednesday’s Mtb city council meeting about the NON-availability of the DEIR at the Montebello Library. I tutor every Tuesday at the Montebello Library, and I asked for the DEIR on 3/31. No one knew where it was. Same for 4/7, 4/14. Finally, on 4/21, it was there. A librarian told me that it got there on the 15th or 16th. That was 17 or 18 days AFTER the alleged release date. With the above observations in mind, where is the oppoutunity for the citizens of Montebello to view the document so they can make meaningful comments?

  • anonymous

    What a public record not available to the public….I am shocked, well not really.

    A pretty typical course of action when a City does not want the citizens to really have an opportunity to be involved in a decision.

    Make sure, at the public meeting, to get it on the record that these documents were not available to the public….this may prove helpful later in the process.

  • Yankee Bravo

    Bravo to you all who are trying to be involved in the future of your city.

    If the report wasn’t available when they said it was Montebello MUST extend the public comment deadline! Get on their tails and make them follow the law!

  • Michael W. Popoff

    Our complaints at the last city council meeting were met with intense interest in trifles and no response whatsoever on our demand for an extension.

    Despite the assertion of Mr. Flournoy above, when I raised his specific complaint, Mr. Huntley asserted, “Mr. Flournoy saw the documents in the city clerk’s office.” Does James’ posting above indicate that? Someone is lying.