- Our Community
- Our Aspirations
- Our Action Plan
- Maps & Links
This Community Plan was created with the members and stakeholders of Bloomington through multiple workshops between 2015 and 2016. These workshops, open to any Bloomington resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Bloomington aspires to be in the future. Plan participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the community move forward to achieve its aspirations.
The results are presented as the Public Review Draft Bloomington Community Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
The Draft Community Plan for Public Review
The County is looking for public comments about this Public Review Draft Community Plan. You may use the feedback form on this page to submit your comments online — look to the left or scroll down to the bottom depending on your device.
In addition, you may e-mail comments to BloomingtonCP@lus.sbcounty.gov or submit written comments by mail to:
County of San Bernardino
Land Use Services Department
385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187
This Draft Community Plan was created by the community members who attended workshops, provided comments online or sent in written comments. It is written in the words of those participating in the public engagement process. Therefore, the community’s plan retains the voice and future image of the community presented by the community members participating in the public engagement process.
How to Use This Plan
Purpose and Approach
Overall, the Community Plans are a guide for communities to create future character and foster independent identity, as identified in the workshops with community values and aspirations, through completion of a community action plan. As stated at the community workshops, the new Community Plans replace any existing 2007/2014 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan.
The Community Plan is strategic in nature and provides clear Action Statements identified by the community that led to creation of an action plan that can be implemented at the grass-roots level within each community. Some actions may require assistance by a County department, but the community will take the lead in moving the action forward, identifying funding or scheduling meetings or requesting information from specific County departments.
The Community Plan is organized into three main sections, the community’s Values, community’s Aspirations, and The Action Plan.
VALUES – Those shared assets, principles, standards, mores and in the judgement of the community, what is important to the lives of its residents and businesses. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)
Community Values are listed under the Our Community tab.
ASPIRATIONS– A written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Plan is fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. It is written as if the community’s desired changes have already occurred. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)
Community Aspirations are listed under the Our Aspirations tab.
THE ACTION PLAN– The action plan consists of:
- Priority Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete, along with a list of resources for additional assistance (Identified in Community Plan Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Community Plan Workshop #3)
- A set of Actions, which provide specific direction to assist County staff, members of the Bloomington community, and other stakeholders in achieving the Priority Action Statements. Each Action also identifies the primary entity or lead, supporting entities, a general timeline for implementation, and estimated costs
- Other Action Statements, that were raised by the community, but were not identified as priorities during the outreach process. As the Action Plan is implemented and/or issues facing the community change, this section can be a resource for identifying future prioritized action statements.
The Action Plan highlights the community’s prioritized action statements, setting out a path to achieve the community aspirations through and a set of actions that can be implemented as resources are available over the next 5 to 10 years.
Note that while other Community Plans include Focus Statements (which help to categorize Action Statements), the Bloomington community went through an extensive prioritization effort informed by cost estimates—both for implementation of improvements and potential property tax implications. With this level of prioritization, no Focus Statements are required.
The Action Plan is listed under the Our Action Plan tab.
The Plan as a Living Document
The Community Plan and the Countywide Plan are designed to be web-based plans and therefore will be easily updated. The Community Plan is intended to be championed and implemented by the community. The Action Statements within the plan were created through public engagement workshops by community participants.
The plan is meant as a way to organize activities and provide overall direction to move the community forward. The plan should never be considered to be written in stone, but should be malleable as the needs of the community continue to change. Action Statements should be re-prioritized, changed and amended as Action Statements are completed or new priorities take their place.
The Community should consider reviewing its plan annually to celebrate what was accomplished and make changes to the plan, as necessary, to ensure it is a relevant work plan. Communities should report back to the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department, Planning Division as they complete actions to ensure their plan is updated online with success stories included on their website and at least annually to ensure their action plans are updated reflecting completed actions. As communities complete their Actions, the County will determine when to revisit the community to re-prioritize, expand or modify their action plan.
Differences from other Community Plans
The Bloomington Community Plan is different from others. Outreach on the future of the entire community began in 2013 during the preparation of the Valley Corridor Specific Plan. The Community Plan effort officially launched in 2015 and continued with multiple workshops and related events through early 2017.
During this time, the community was evaluating how to react to strong development interests from the logistics industry while also expressing a desire for more suburban levels of housing, commercial centers, and amenities. Additionally, the Countywide Plan analyzed multiple growth scenarios for the county and determined that Bloomington is a desirable and logical area for substantial housing and commercial growth.
Based on the extensive outreach effort and increased immediate and long-term development pressures, the Bloomington community went through an extensive prioritization effort informed by cost estimates—both for implementation of improvements and potential property tax implications.
The resulting Action Plan includes the community’s prioritized action statements and a set of actions for the next 5 to 10 years, as resources are available, to make progress toward realizing the aspirations. Note that with this level of prioritization, no focus statements are required.
Relationship to the Countywide Vision and Countywide Plan
Relationship to Countywide Vision
The Community Plan’s values and goals are specific to Bloomington. However, they are consistent with, build on, and contribute to the Countywide Vision.
Relationship to Countywide Plan
In 2010, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors set out to establish a vision for the future of the county as a whole, and subsequently adopted a Countywide Vision in 2011 after two years of input from the community and the county’s 24 cities and towns. Following the adoption of the Countywide Vision, which calls for the creation of a “complete county”, the Board adopted the County paradigm and job statements in 2012.
In 2015, the County of San Bernardino launched an effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general plan by creating a web-based comprehensive “complete county” plan. General plans are almost always strictly rule books for guiding development and growth. The County’s General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community.
The Countywide Plan serves as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications. Its web-based format provides a wealth of easily accessible data on how the County operates, and allow independent research using County data and information.
The Countywide Plan includes:
- A County Policy Plan, which serves in part as the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas and also provides guidance for regional county services. The Policy Plan establishes goals and policies for the entire county as well as specific sub regions and communities.
- A County Business Plan, which contains governance policies and operational metrics that outline the County’s approach to providing municipal and regional services.
- A Regional Issues Forum, which is an online resource for sharing information and resources related to issues confronting the entire county.
- A Community Plans Continuum, which articulates what is important to each Community, and for the most part, would be implemented by the Community. Links will also be provided for maps, goals, and policies in the Policy Plan.
Where Did the Goals, Policies, and Land Use Map for My Community’s Plan Go?
The existing Community Plan content was used in the development of the new draft Community Plan and Countywide Plan. Goals and policies from the existing community plan, as well as proposed land use changes discussed during the community workshops, will be considered for inclusion in the County Policy Plan, a component of the Countywide Plan. The Land Use Map will be adopted as part of the County Policy Plan. The content of the draft Community Plan focuses on those actions identified by the community that the community is willing to take to make desired changes to their community. The County Policy Plan and the Community Plans will both be web-based, with adoption of the Countywide Plan in late 2018.
What is the Community Development Toolkit?
The County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department is creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.
Who We Are
Bloomington is the largest and most developed unincorporated community in San Bernardino County. The original Bloomington town was first laid out in 1887. Some of the original town remains in the area around Cedar Avenue and Valley Boulevard, but most has been replaced by Interstate 10 (I-10) and the Colton Rail Yard.
Today Bloomington is a residential mix of large-lot rural estate homes, contemporary single-family detached housing subdivisions, a small amount of rental apartments, and several mobile home parks. The areas along I-10 have a variety of industrial businesses, and there is a mix of small retail business and restaurants along Valley Boulevard and Cedar Avenue. With 700 acres of vacant land and a number of underutilized properties, Bloomington still has considerable development potential.
Strengths and Opportunities
As part of the outreach process, participants listed strengths of and opportunities for their community. Using this input, a word cloud (see below) was created to identify and illustrate the most prominent statements—the more frequently a word or phrase was written or said, the larger the word appears in the cloud. This word cloud reflects some of the community’s key issues and helped develop the Community Plan’s Action Statements.
The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the community, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.
Bloomington residents value low crime rates and a common public awareness that people are safe from crime in their homes and in public
Clean and Attractive Neighborhoods
Bloomington residents value neighborhoods and districts with well-maintained properties and attractive landscaping, streetscapes, and buildings
Community Gathering Places
Bloomington residents value town centers with parks, plazas, and civic spaces that provide a location for the community to gather and socialize
Bloomington residents value a mix of housing types and densities, and attractive and convenient places for shopping, dining, and entertainment, while maintaining rural areas that foster a small town feel
A balanced system where pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles can move efficiently and safely
Improvement of regional air quality, programs to mitigate the health impacts of air quality, and expanded parks facilities and recreation programs
Businesses and investment that generate jobs and financial resources to support expanded public facilities and services, without degrading residential neighborhoods
The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Bloomington. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Bloomington Community.
The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Action Statements are fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Action Statements.
1. Community Image
Bloomington is a beautiful, clean community known to residents across the San Bernardino Valley as a great yet affordable place to live.
2. Local Economy
Bloomington offers a local economy that provides jobs for residents, opportunities for entrepreneurs, and revenues for public facilities and services. Bloomington residents have the skills and education to qualify for well-paying jobs in Bloomington and in nearby cities.
3. Infrastructure and Mobility
There is sufficient sewer service to support new businesses and new residential neighborhoods, and roadways that are maintained in good condition.
4. Quality of Life
Bloomington contains great neighborhoods, parks and recreation centers, and local services, while maintaining a safe, small-town feel.
5. Town Centers
The community enjoys attractive and well-maintained town centers with plazas, landscaping and street furniture, and community services. These spaces, filled with independent shops and restaurants, provide residents with options to shop, socialize, recreate, and participate in community events.
Our Action Plan
Priority Action Statements
Other Action Statements
How to Implement the Action Plan
The Actions provide a specific outline of the steps necessary to implement each Action Statement.
Once an Action is selected for implementation, the Action Leader will coordinate with those responsible for carrying out each step, identify and secure resources that will be required, and refine a timeline. The Actions are intended as a guide, but each community should develop more specific assignments based upon available community resources such as funding, volunteers, and community groups and organizations. This step of planning is an important step necessary to help ensure successful implementation.
Potential resources are identified for each Action Statement. These may be guides on implementation, case studies of how other communities have implemented similar projects, sources of potential external funding, and County agencies that can provide guidance and advice.
The Action Plan is Not Set in Stone
The Action Plan is to be used to guide community actions and is not “set in stone”. The plan is meant as a way to organize activities and provide overall direction to move the community forward. The plan should never be considered to be written in stone, but should be malleable as the needs of the community continue to change. Action Statements should be re-prioritized, changed and amended as Action Statements are completed or new priorities take their place.
The Community Development Toolkit
San Bernardino County Land Use Services is in the process of creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.
Documents in this section will be added as they are completed with community input. Click on each item for more information and a link to download the material.
Proposed Land Use Maps
The proposed land use changes respond to both the community recommendations as well as information gathered during the countywide planning process.
Countywide Plan Land Use (Unincorporated County) – Story Map of Potential Changes
Countywide Plan Proposed General Plan Land Use (Unincorporated County) – Web Map
Bloomington PDF map of Potential Land Use Changes
Bloomington PDF map of Potential Overlay Zoning Districts (Based on Community input)
Draft Description of Potential Overlay Zoning Districts
Reports or Analysis
Outreach Event #1 Materials
Valley Corridor Specific Plan: Use this link go to the website for the Valley Corridor Specific Plan, which is tentatively expected to be adopted by San Bernardino County in the spring of 2016 (this link opens in a separate window or tab)
Affordable Bloomington: Use this link go to the website for the Affordable Bloomington project, which will create new affordable housing units in a mixed-use environment with a new library (this link opens in a separate window or tab)