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Countywide Plan Adopted!

The Board of Supervisors formally adopted the Countywide Plan on October 27, 2020. 

After five years of analysis and public engagement, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Countywide Plan—a new set of plans and tools that go well beyond a traditional general plan for its unincorporated communities and complements and informs the Countywide Vision for all.

The Policy Plan component takes into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, while the Community Action Guides communicate the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community. The Business Plan component will serve as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications.

Additionally, the County has formalized its commitment to go further than any county or city has ever gone by creating a web-based version of the Countywide Plan with interactive and dynamic maps and content that can be searched and filtered across all of its components. Note: a new beta version of the Countywide Plan website will be posted soon that reflects even more features than before! 

COUNTYWIDE PLAN DOCUMENTS

The final documents will be posted to countywideplan.com in November that incorporate minor adjustments directed by the Supervisors during the adoption hearing. Until then, please visit the Library section of the Countywide Plan for links to download all of these documents (2020 Public Hearing Draft Documents). Read below for more information and individual links.

  • Draft Policy Plan
  • Draft Business Plan – Governance Element & Implementation Plan
  • Draft Community Action Guides
  • Final Environmental Documents

POLICY PLAN

Policy Plan. The County Policy Plan is an update and expansion of the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas. In a new approach to county planning, it will also address supportive services for adults and children, healthcare, public safety, and other regional county services provided to both incorporated and unincorporated areas.

Click here to access the Draft Policy Plan.

BUSINESS PLAN

The Business Plan directs the integration of Countywide Plan goals, policies, and actions into the way the County operates and develops its budget. The Business Plan consists of a policy-based governance element and an action-oriented implementation plan, and two new implementation tools: a tracking and feedback system and fiscal analysis model. While the implementation tools will be finalized during the first year after adoption, the County has developed its Governance Element and Implementation Plan.

Governance Element. The Governance Element attempts to capture and preserve the existing way in which the County provides consistent, transparent, effective, and accountable governance for future leaders and the public. The Governance Element lays the foundation for County leadership, decision-making, and operational processes.

Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan identifies the key next steps (immediate, short-term, and mid-term) the County needs to take to implement the various aspects of the Countywide Plan. The actions include initiatives by the County as well as decisions that involve public and private development projects, investments, and programs.

Click here to download the Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES

The County released revised drafts of the Community Action Guides (CAGs) in early 2019. For most communities, the 2019 Draft remains unchanged and is the version that was accepted by the Board of Supervisors. Minor changes were  or will be made to some CAGs based on continued input from community members. For these communities, the 2020 Draft represents the latest version.

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The County received dozens of substantive comments on the Draft EIR released in June 2019. These comments were carefully reviewed and additional analysis was conducted to ensure the County could respond appropriately. The Final EIR contains copies of the public comments, the County’s responses, and a description of the corrections/changes to the Draft EIR.

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). CEQA requires that when making findings regarding significant impacts, the County adopt a reporting or monitoring program for changes made to the project or conditions of project approval, adopted in order to mitigate or avoid significant effects on the environment.

Findings of Facts and Statement of Overriding Considerations (FOF/SOC). CEQA requires the County to adopt Findings of Facts and a Statement of Overriding Considerations when it chooses to approve a project that may result in significant and unavoidable impacts.

Click here to access the FEIR, MMRP, and FOF/SOC.

The Countywide Plan’s Adoption Hearing is set for October 27th!

Following recommendations from the Planning Commission (9/17), the Board of Supervisors is considering the Countywide Plan for adoption on October 27, 2020. The meeting’s agenda will be published on the County’s website prior to the meeting.

Visit the Library section of the Countywide Plan for links to download all of these documents (2020 Public Hearing Draft Documents). Read below for more information and individual links.

  • Final Environmental Documents
  • Draft Policy Plan
  • Draft Business Plan – Governance Element & Implementation Plan
  • Community Action Guides

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The County received dozens of substantive comments on the Draft EIR released in June 2019. These comments were carefully reviewed and additional analysis was conducted to ensure the County could respond appropriately. The Final EIR contains copies of the public comments, the County’s responses, and a description of the corrections/changes to the Draft EIR.

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). CEQA requires that when making findings regarding significant impacts, the County adopt a reporting or monitoring program for changes made to the project or conditions of project approval, adopted in order to mitigate or avoid significant effects on the environment.

Findings of Facts and Statement of Overriding Considerations (FOF/SOC). CEQA requires the County to adopt Findings of Facts and a Statement of Overriding Considerations when it chooses to approve a project that may result in significant and unavoidable impacts.

Click here to access the FEIR, MMRP, and FOF/SOC.

POLICY PLAN

Draft Policy Plan. Released earlier in July, the Draft Policy Plan was updated based on public input and recommendations from community and agency stakeholders to strengthen policies on environmental justice and fire design and safety.

Click here to access the revised Draft Policy Plan.

BUSINESS PLAN

The Business Plan directs the integration of Countywide Plan goals, policies, and actions into the way the County operates and develops its budget. The Business Plan consists of a policy-based governance element and an action-oriented implementation plan, and two new implementation tools: a tracking and feedback system and fiscal analysis model. While the implementation tools will be finalized during the first year after adoption, the County has developed its Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

Draft Governance Element. The Governance Element attempts to capture and preserve the existing way in which the County provides consistent, transparent, effective, and accountable governance for future leaders and the public. The Governance Element lays the foundation for County leadership, decision-making, and operational processes.

Draft Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan identifies the key next steps (immediate, short-term, and mid-term) the County needs to take to implement the various aspects of the Countywide Plan. The actions include initiatives by the County as well as decisions that involve public and private development projects, investments, and programs.

Click here to download the Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES

The County released revised drafts of the Community Action Guides (CAGs) in early 2019. For all but four communities, the 2019 Draft remains unchanged and is the version that will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors. Minor changes were made to four CAGs based on continued input from community members: Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs, Pioneertown, and Mountain (the latter is a fundamental plan covering Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village). For these four communities, the 2020 Draft represents the latest version.

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.

Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) released for public review!

The County of San Bernardino has released the Draft EIR for the proposed Countywide Plan for public review and comment. While state law only requires a 45-day public review period, the County has opted to provide a 60-day review period so that sufficient time is available to the public for both review of the Draft EIR and submission of comments.

The public review period for the Countywide Plan Draft EIR runs from June 17 to August 15, 2019.  

Click here to download and review the Draft EIR and find out how to submit your questions and comments.

Draft Detailed Community Plans now available for review!

See the results of your hard work.  Come take a look at this new resource for your community to steer its own course toward a better future.

In 2016 and 2017, over 1,700 people from over 50 communities embarked on a planning process to develop new system of Community Plans.

During 66 workshops, the public identified values, aspirations, ideas for action, and priorities unique to each community area.  The Community Plans include a set of actions that can be initiated by residents, businesses, property owners, local groups, etc. to improve their community.

Click here to download a PDF flyer about the Draft Detailed Community Plans and the public review process.

Draft Community Plans can now be viewed online for the communities listed below. Draft Framework and Foundation Plans will be available by October.

Public Feedback

Thank you for participating in the Community Plan update process!  After viewing your draft community plan, the County welcomes your feedback and comments submitted via:

  • Online through the submittal area on each draft community plan’s webpage
  • Email
  • Attendance at one of the Regional Open Houses scheduled for October 2017 (notice and flyer coming soon)
  • U.S. mail:
    County of San Bernardino
    Land Use Services
    Attn: Suzanne Peterson
    385 North Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
    San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187

*RESCHEDULED* WRIGHTWOOD COMMUNITY WORKSHOP 2

The second community workshop in the planning process for the Hilltop Community Plan has been rescheduled to:

Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Wrightwood Community Building, 1275 State Hwy 2 Wrightwood, CA 92397

Highlights of this event will include:

  • See input generated from the first workshop
  • Discuss and rank Community goals
  • Discuss and rank objectives for priority goals
  • Discuss and rank specific actions that are necessary to achieve the goals and objectives

Click here for more information about the event and the Wrightwood Community Plan.

Click here to download a flyer for the dates, times, and locations of community workshops in the Wrightwood Community.

Survey #2 Available for 7 Framework & Foundation Community Plan Workshops!

The County recently conducted a second public workshop (see community list below) to focus on implementation strategies and tools for the community to achieve goals and objectives crafted during the previous workshop.  The survey links below are for those who were unable to attend these workshops, or for those who attended but had additional thoughts and ideas.

Click here to take Survey #2 for Workshop 2 in Baker, Daggett, El Mirage, Newberry Springs, Oak Hills, Oro Grande, and Yermo.

Responses to these surveys will be considered alongside the input we received for each community during the workshops.  Have other questions or don’t see your community listed above?  Click here to see if your community is addressed by a Community Plan.

These surveys will remain open until Friday, March 10th, 2017.

*CANCELLED* Wrightwood CP | 01/23/17 Workshop #2

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory and  hazardous driving conditions, we will be cancelling the second workshop for the Wrightwood community scheduled on Monday, January 23, 2017. The workshop will be rescheduled for a later date and more information will be provided as it becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay tuned to www.countywideplan.com/cp for updates and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

New Surveys for Framework & Foundation Community Plan Workshops!

The County recently conducted public workshops in 15 communities as part of an effort to establish and update Framework & Foundation Community Plans.  During these workshops, we asked attendees to tell us about their community — both as they see it today and how they see it in the future.  The survey links below are for those who were unable to attend these workshops, or for those who attended but had additional thoughts and ideas.

Click here to take Survey #1 for Workshop 1 in Oaks Hills, Baker, Wrightwood, El Mirage, Oro Grande, Newberry Springs, Daggett, and Yermo.

Click here to take Survey #2 for Workshop 2 in Mt Baldy, Morongo Valley, Homestead Valley, Angelus Oaks, San Antonio Heights, Pioneertown, and Lytle Creek.

Responses to these surveys will be considered alongside the input we received for each community during the workshops.  Have other questions or don’t see your community listed above?  Click here to see if your community is addressed by a Community Plan.

These surveys will remain open until Thursday, January 27th, 2017.

 

View Maps of Potential Land Use Changes

Click on the links below to download the staff report and maps of potential land use changes being considered for Detailed Community Plan areas.  These maps illustrate the community’s input and will be presented at the upcoming November 3rd Planning Commission workshop.  Please note that no official action will be taken at this workshop — the purpose of the workshop is to present the community’s input on existing and potential land use based on public outreach conducted to date.

You can also visit each individual community plan webpage and view the maps under the “What We Know About” section.  You can view the staff report and other materials on the County’s website.

Staff Report 

Background: During the second Detailed Plan workshop, each community participant was asked to review the community’s Land Use Plan and propose changes. The recommended changes ranged from specific parcel-level land use designation changes to the inclusion of overlay districts to address issues, opportunities, or problems identified by the community.  Participants were asked if they agreed with the changes identified on the land use map and to provide further recommendations.

At the Planning Commission workshop, County staff will present each community’s proposed land use map revisions. The presentation will also include a discussion of the values and aspirations identified by attendees at the community workshops.

Again, please note that no official action will be taken at this workshop.  The purpose of the workshop is to present the community’s input on existing and potential land use based on outreach conducted to date.  Any official map changes will still need to be evaluated through an environmental impact report (EIR).  The EIR is estimated to be completed in late 2017, with public hearings expected in 2018.

*NEW LOCATION* MORONGO VALLEY WORKSHOP #2

*PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2*

Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Covington Park Community Center, 11165 Vale Dr. Morongo Valley, CA 92256

This workshop will begin with a presentation on input from the first workshop and then focus on implementation strategies and tools to achieve the Community’s goals and objectives.  Champions for actions will be identified by the Community.

Highlights

  • See input generated from the first workshop
  • Discuss and rank Community goals
  • Discuss and rank objectives for priority goals
  • Discuss and rank specific actions that are necessary to achieve the goals and objectives

Click here to access the Morongo Valley Community Plan page.