MONTEBELLO HILLS SPECIFIC PLAN
The City of Montebello is currently processing an application for the Montebello Hills Specific Plan. The area encompasses the 488-acre Montebello oil field. The Montebello Hills property is located in the northeastern portion of the City of Montebello, near the cities of Rosemead and Monterey Park to the north, and unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles and the Whittier Narrows Flood Plain to the east. The applicant (Cook-Hill Properties) is proposing to develop portions of the site for up to 1,200 residential units subject to the Planning Commission and City Council consideration and adoption of a Specific Plan. The Montebello Hills Specific Plan is intended to serve as a master zoning document governing the development of this master planned residential community.
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Note: An errata sheet has been provided indicating the sections of the Specific Plan that have been modified.
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MONTEBELLO HILLS SPECIFIC PLAN RECIRCULATED DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (RDEIR)
Notice of Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report
The City of Montebello (City) has prepared a Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR) for the Montebello Hills Specific Plan (proposed project), in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The City previously prepared and circulated a Draft Environmental Impact Report (original DEIR) (SCH # 2008011122) to describe, analyze and disclose the general environmental setting, potential project environmental impacts, and potential feasible alternatives and mitigation measures related to each potentially significant environmental effect of the project. The original DEIR for the proposed project was released for a 45-day public review period, which commenced on March 30, 2009, and ended on May 13, 2009. The City then extended the public comment period until May 28, 2009. The City received 84 written comment letters from the general public and interested groups as well as verbal comments during two Study Sessions on the original DEIR.
As a result of the comments received on the original DEIR, the City has decided to supplement and clarify a number of issues and mitigation measures in the RDEIR, and to provide an additional 45-day period for public comment consistent with Section 15088.5 of the State CEQA Guidelines. The City evaluated existing conditions at the project site and in the vicinity to determine whether they have changed in a manner that warranted any updates and to document the conclusions in RDIER. Based on this evaluation, the City has concluded that, with the confirming data contained in the RDEIR, the existing conditions remain substantially the same as previously described in the original DEIR. The additional information provided in the technical studies appended to the RDEIR (air quality, biology, greenhouse gases, hydrology and water quality, noise, and transportation) contain the technical data and support for the City’s conclusions, and this information has been added to the appropriate sections throughout the RDEIR. Lastly, the City has decided to include analysis of three additional potentially feasible project alternatives in order to augment the range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed project and to foster informed decision-making and public participation. These new alternatives reflect different unit density and/or commercial/retail uses.
Revised sections, which are contained in the RDEIR, include Executive Summary, Introduction, Project Description, Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality, Noise, Population and Housing, Recreation, Transportation and Traffic, Utilities and Services, Global Climate Change, Energy Conservation (new section), Alternatives, Cumulative Impacts, Unavoidable Adverse Impacts, Inventory of Project Design Features and Mitigation Measures, List of Preparers and Persons Consulted, and References.
Pursuant to Section 15088.5(c) of the State CEQA Guidelines, the City need only recirculate the chapters or portions that have been modified. Thus, only those sections that have been modified are being recirculated for review and comment.