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Phelan Sept. 20th meeting RESCHEDULED for Sept. 25th in Pinon Hills

Due to a conflicting emergency meeting related to the Sheep Creek Water Company, the Phelan Open House (originally scheduled for September 20th in Phelan)  has been rescheduled for September 25th at Pinon Hills Community Center.

NEW DATE: September 25th, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

NEW LOCATION: Pinon Hills Community Center | 10433 Mountain Road, Pinon Hills, CA 92372

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This event is part of an ongoing outreach process that has included over 75 public meetings. Thank you for getting involved in improving your community and county!

Web-Based Policy Plan

Welcome to the Beta Site of the Web-Based Policy Plan!

Welcome to the beta version of the web-based Policy Plan which is still undergoing refinement and testing before its release in 2019.

Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.

All content is in draft form, intended only for public review. Following public input during the September 2018 Regional Meetings and the Draft Environmental Impact Report public review period (early 2019), a draft County Policy Plan suitable for public adoption hearings will be released later in 2019.

Elements of the County Policy Plan


*The 2013-2021 Housing Element will be updated during the appropriate time-frame regulated by the State Department of Housing and Community Development, then adopted into the Countywide Plan.


*The Renewable Energy & Conservation Element effort began in advance and independently of the Countywide Plan. It was adopted in 2017 and amended in February 2019, and it is not being updated through the Countywide Plan. 

All content is in draft form, intended only for public review. Following public input during the September 2018 Regional Meetings and the Draft Environmental Impact Report public review period (early 2019), a draft County Policy Plan suitable for public adoption hearings is anticipated later in 2019.

Health & Wellness Element


The Draft Health & Wellness Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    Maintaining and improving the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities is one of society’s most fundamental goals, similar in importance to public safety and providing adequate shelter.  Creating healthier places and improving the health and education of people contribute to lower governmental costs for health care, enhances the capacity of the individual and collective workforce, and leads to a stronger economy and overall prosperity. Positive outcomes are not only the result of health-care treatment and the provision of a social safety net; they must also be achieved through preventive or upstream efforts that help avoid or reduce the occurrence of physiological, financial, and social instability.

    The County is committed to improving the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities through collaboration with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. The County is also responsible, within the bounds of annual state and federal funding, for implementing the human health and social assistance responsibilities of the state and federal governments. Establishing a more complete county and stronger communities is achieved through the County’s provision of or coordination with others to provide places, facilities, and programs for learning, arts and culture, entertainment, and social bonding.

    In the context of this Element, the terms “health” or “health and wellness” are used broadly to reference physical health, behavioral health, and social well-being.

  • Purpose

    The Health and Wellness Element:

    • Provides guidance on addressing issues that by their nature require extensive coordination and collaboration within the County and with outside agencies and organizations.
    • Establishes a holistic approach to the continuum of care.
    • Identifies the County’s policy focus regarding its use of state and federal funds to improve the physical and behavioral health of residents.
    • Describes the County’s priorities and roles in serving the health and social needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • Human health and wellness are intrinsically valuable.
    • Facets of health and wellness are often interrelated and should be addressed together, with a focus on preventative and proactive care.
    • The health, well-being, education, and enrichment of residents are key components to the prosperity and quality of life in San Bernardino County.
    • A diverse range of community and cultural resources, programs, and facilities help make the entire county and individual communities more complete and prosperous.
    • Society has chosen to maintain a safety net that protects the most vulnerable and assists individuals and households in transitioning to self-sufficiency.
    • Human health and social assistance services are state and federal responsibilities implemented, subject to available state and federal funding, by the County in partnership with service providers and not-for-profit organizations.


  • Goal HW-1 Health and social wellness

    Supportive public facilities and services that assist and guide individuals to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency, social stability, and excellent physical and behavioral health and wellness.

    Policy HW-1.1    Coordinated holistic approach
    We invest in a holistic approach to individual health and wellness to improve the continuum of care, providing coordinated services through departments and agencies associated with human services, economic development, law and justice, and housing, as well as other agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

    Policy HW-1.2    Cultural humility and inclusion
    We guide the development and delivery of appropriate health care, health services, and social assistance by recognizing and continuously learning about the diverse values, cultures, languages, and behaviors found throughout the county, especially for those that are underserved or isolated.

    Policy HW-1.3    Monitoring health and social conditions
    We prioritize our resources to address the most pressing needs by continually engaging residents and monitoring health and social conditions, trends, and emerging needs across the county, while complying with federal and state mandates.

    Policy HW-1.4    Funding application coordination
    We coordinate the application for funding resources to maximize the long-term benefit of addressing multiple health and social issues, both within the County organization and between the County and other agencies and organizations.

    Policy HW-1.5    Partnerships and capacity building
    We leverage partnerships with other agencies and organizations to address health and wellness issues, and, as funding allows, assist in building the capacity of service providers and partner organizations to expand their service and effectiveness.

    Policy HW-1.6    Healthy behaviors
    We collaborate with other public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and private service providers to offer education and training that enable individuals to make better health and wellness choices. We work to remove environmental and social barriers to healthy habits.

    Policy HW-1.7    Upstream issues
    We collaborate with partners to address upstream issues related to the social determinants of health and social stability (e.g., income, education, housing, neighborhood conditions, and job skills), and to reduce the occurrence of and costs associated with responding to acute and chronic conditions, while complying with federal, state, and local mandates.

    Policy HW-1.8    Assistance for veterans
    We invest in services to assist veterans and their families countywide connect with service providers and apply for benefits from federal, state, and local governmental agencies.

    Policy HW-1.9    Homelessness
    We address homelessness by coordinating a comprehensive countywide network of service delivery and by focusing on transitional and permanent supportive housing for the homeless, including the chronically homeless and near-homeless families and individuals.

    Policy HW-1.10  Safety net
    We use state and federal funding to provide a safety net of services that provides temporary, transitional, and ongoing assistance to protect those most vulnerable.

    Policy HW-1.11  Insurance and medical services
    We collaborate with other public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private health and wellness service providers to facilitate residents obtaining medical insurance, vaccines and preventative care, behavioral health, and treatments, through private service providers, County health and wellness facilities, and public programs.

    Policy HW-1.12  Equity
    We monitor and seek to achieve equitable access to County health and social services, with an emphasis on environmental justice focus areas countywide.

    Policy HW-1.13  Health care professional capacity
    We collaborate with other public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private health and wellness service providers to ensure that an adequate number of medical, behavioral, and dental health professionals serve residents countywide, with an emphasis on health care professional shortage areas.

    Policy HW-1.14  Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
    We provide quality general and specialty health care services, operate medical residency programs, conduct community outreach and wellness programs, and act as a safety-net hospital for the countywide under-insured and uninsured.  We also leverage ARMC as an economic asset to stimulate the local economy and attract investment and professionals from outside the county.

  • Goal HW-2 Education

    A common culture that values education and lifelong learning and a populace with the education to participate and compete in the global economy.

    Policy HW-2.1    Lifelong learning
    We collaborate with educators, the business community, students and families, recreation departments and other public agencies, and civic and not-for-profit organizations to foster lifelong learning including early childhood literacy, cradle to career education, English as a second language, career development, and adult enrichment. We encourage approaches to learning that embrace diverse modes of learning for all.

    Policy HW-2.2    Land use compatibility
    We prioritize the safety and security of public schools in unincorporated areas by minimizing incompatible land uses near instructional facilities. We encourage school districts to place new schools where existing and planned land uses are compatible.

    Policy HW-2.3    Superintendent support
    We support the Superintendent of Schools in fulfilling the obligations for school district support, advocacy, and student services

    Policy HW-2.4    Health and enrichment programs
    We provide additional support for school districts for nutrition, physical activity, arts, and other enrichment programs, commensurate with the availability of grants and other funding resources.

  • Goal HW-3 Community development

    Assets that contribute to a complete county and healthy neighborhoods and communities.

    Policy HW-3.1    Healthy environments
    We collaborate with other public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, and private developers to improve the physical and built environment in which people live. We do so by improving such things as walkability, bicycle infrastructure, transit facilities, universal design, safe routes to school, indoor and outdoor air quality, gardens, green space and open space, and access to parks and recreation amenities.

    Policy HW-3.2    Building social capital
    In unincorporated communities, we support the provision of neighborhood and community gathering places for social activities, and the provision of meeting spaces and facilities for community organizations in order to build social capital, establish a sense of community, increase volunteerism, and expand civic engagement.

    Policy HW-3.3    Public libraries
    We operate public libraries in unincorporated areas and contract cities/towns to provide programs and facilities that ensure equitable access to information and digital technology, provide places and activities for people to connect with other people, promote literacy and reading for pleasure for children and adults, and foster a culture of creativity, innovation, and collaboration. We invest in the modernization and expansion of public library facilities as adequate funding is available.

    Policy HW-3.4    Public museums
    We operate County museums to preserve and depict the history, culture, and natural science of San Bernardino County.  We invest in facilities and technology and collaborate with other institutions, organizations, and businesses in order to increase public exposure to museum holdings.

    Policy HW-3.5    Arts and culture
    We increase awareness of the benefits of the arts throughout the county by recognizing and promoting the arts, artists, performing arts, and cultural organizations as valuable resources for community identity, economic vitality, and tourism. We encourage private and not-for-profit support of artistic and cultural activities through mutual programs and public-private partnerships.

    Policy HW-3.6    Multi-use facilities and integrated development
    We encourage those who build and/or operate community assets to accommodate multiple functions and programs. We encourage the development of new residential, commercial, and institutional uses and public facilities that incorporate one or more community assets.

    Policy HW-3.7    Attracting local-serving businesses
    We actively work across County departments and agencies to attract businesses that provide desired goods and services in unincorporated communities, especially in environmental justice focus areas, including but not limited to food stores with fresh produce, health care, child care, pharmacies, and other retailers. We balance community desires with comprehensive assessments of market demand to guide our business attraction efforts.

    Policy HW-3.8    Attracting leisure and entertainment
    We advocate for the establishment and retention of leisure and entertainment businesses and venues, countywide, that contribute to the complete county concept.

    Policy HW-3.9    Community-driven improvements
    We provide resources and information to assist unincorporated communities with the implementation of community action guides.

Economic Development Element


The Draft Economic Development Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    The economy of San Bernardino County is an integrated part of Southern California’s regional economy. The skills and level of education of county residents, the provision of infrastructure, and the availability of sites and facilities influence which of the regional economy’s businesses operate and are successful in the county. At the same time, the types of businesses that operate in the county determine the types of jobs and wages available to county residents. By increasing the number and quality of jobs, the County’s economic development efforts are intended to attract private investment, reduce commute times, increase household wealth, and improve overall quality of life.

    The County has a regional role in fostering economic and workforce development countywide and has a local role in bringing nonresidential development to targeted unincorporated communities. While economic development issues are addressed throughout the Policy Plan, this Element focuses on the County’s major economic development responsibilities.

  • Purpose

    The Economic Development Element:

    • Provides direction for County efforts to attract private investment in nonresidential development in unincorporated areas of the county.
    • Focuses countywide investments in workforce development on growing occupations and industries.
    • Establishes the County’s intent to invest in economic development in order to improve the countywide jobs-housing ratio.
    • Identifies the means through which the County promotes countywide economic development.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • Economic security is a necessary component of public safety and quality of life.
    • Effective economic development requires collaboration among public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.
    • Comprehensive and excellent labor force training and business assistance services are assets that help existing businesses grow and help attract new businesses.
    • Tourism is important for its direct local economic impact, enhancing community identity, and improving the regional image of San Bernardino County.


  • Goal ED-1 Unincorporated land and facilities

    Increased business investment in land and facilities and job growth in key unincorporated areas.

    Policy ED-1.1      Marketing focus areas
    In unincorporated areas, we actively market sites for business park and industrial development in employment focus areas, and we actively market sites for retail and commercial businesses in commercial focus areas.

    Policy ED-1.2      Infrastructure improvements
    We support and facilitate the establishment of special funding and financing mechanisms for road, water, sewer, and drainage infrastructure improvements in order to generate private investment in employment and commercial focus areas.

    Policy ED-1.3      Site aggregation
    We may assist in aggregating smaller lots and parcels to create more marketable and developable sites in employment focus areas.

    Policy ED-1.4      Planned business park and industrial areas
    We prefer master planned approaches through specific and area plans for business park and industrial development and redevelopment.  We facilitate master planned approaches in order to discourage incremental general plan amendments that introduce or expand business park or industrial development.

    Policy ED-1.5      Mineral resources
    We support the extraction of mineral resources in unincorporated areas and the establishment and operation of supporting businesses throughout the county.

    Policy ED-1.6      Industrial redevelopment
    We facilitate and promote redevelopment in the industrial redevelopment focus areas to provide land and facilities for non-mining industrial development.

  • Goal ED-2 Labor force

    A skilled and educated labor force that helps businesses compete in the regional and global economy.

    Policy ED-2.1      Education pathways
    We collaborate with school systems and civic organizations to support countywide education pathways (P-14) to prepare students for jobs in high-skill, high-wage careers and/or to prepare for college.

    Policy ED-2.2      English proficiency
    We support local and countywide programs that improve adult proficiency in the English language.

    Policy ED-2.3      Industry-driven workforce training
    We support countywide education and workforce training programs with a demonstrated ability to expand skills and improve employment opportunities, and we also promote innovative approaches that address the diversity of education, job skills, geography, and socioeconomics of the countywide labor force.

    Policy ED-2.4      Business engagement
    We engage with businesses throughout the county to identify current and future skill and education needs. We assist businesses with recruitment, hiring, on-the-job training, and short-term training needs.

    Policy ED-2.5      Individual assistance
    We provide job search and application assistance to residents countywide, and we provide training and education assistance to eligible individuals.

  • Goal ED-3 Countywide business and employment growth

    Growth of new businesses, improved profitability of existing businesses, and an increased number and quality of jobs in the county.

    Policy ED-3.1      Countywide jobs-housing ratio
    We strive to achieve countywide job growth in excess of household growth to improve the jobs-housing ratio, reduce out-commuting, and enhance quality of life.

    Policy ED-3.2      Business assistance
    We collaborate with economic development service providers to offer training and other assistance to existing businesses and business startups countywide.

    Policy ED-3.3      Site selection assistance
    We coordinate with agencies, incorporated cities and towns, and service providers to assist existing and prospective businesses in identifying and selecting sites and facilities countywide. We also assist businesses with permitting, licensing, incentives, and other regulatory requirements.

    Policy ED-3.4      Site and facilities inventory
    We collaborate with real estate brokers, developers, municipalities, and building owners to maintain a countywide inventory of available sites and facilities for businesses.

    Policy ED-3.5      Countywide marketing
    We regularly analyze economic and market conditions and trends to identify target economic sectors and actively market sites and facilities countywide to prospective businesses.

    Policy ED-3.6      Countywide tourism
    We coordinate with a variety of partners to promote San Bernardino County as a regional, national, and international tourist destination and collaborate with tourism industry businesses to improve visitor experience.

Personal & Property Protection Element


The Draft Personal & Property Protection Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    The benefits, public goods, and investments associated with a high quality of life in San Bernardino County—strong neighborhoods, economic prosperity, cradle-to-career education, a vibrant culture, and civic engagement—can only be achieved when people experience a real and perceived sense of safety. Public safety is also directly related to the County’s resilience—its ability to adapt to changing conditions and prepare for, withstand, and rapidly recover from disruption or disasters.

    The County provides law enforcement, including crime prevention, in unincorporated areas and under contract to some incorporated jurisdictions. It also provides some countywide law enforcement services, including the coroner, and when requested, special investigation assistance to incorporated jurisdictions. The County is also responsible for: the administration of justice, both prosecutions and public defenders, for crimes committed in the county; operation of County jails, including rehabilitation of inmates in its custody; holistically rehabilitate and assist the reentry and transition of parolees, probationers, and others living in the county engaged by the criminal justice system, and assistance to victims of and witnesses to crimes committed in the county.

    The County Fire District provides fire prevention services, fire protection for wild fires and urban fires, and emergency medical response in unincorporated areas, portions of incorporated jurisdictions included in the district, and, under contract, in some incorporated jurisdictions. The County plans for and responds to emergencies and natural disasters countywide, and County Fire also provides regional urban search and rescue services.

    The Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement and is elected by voters countywide. The Board of Supervisors appropriates funds to supplement state and federal funding for law enforcement.  Achieving the Policy Plan’s goals for law enforcement is, thus, a collaborative effort between the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff. The Sheriff also provides countywide wilderness rescue services.

    The County makes a maintenance of effort payment for courts, but the state is primarily responsible for funding courts and fully responsible for any expansion. However, the County funds the elected District Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, and the Sheriff’s department’s court services. Thus, state decisions on court funding will influence the ability of the County to achieve this element’s law and justice goal.

  • Purpose

    The Personal and Property Protection Element:

    • Promotes continuous improvement in the provision of public safety and administration of justice.
    • Supports coordinated and effective interagency response to emergencies and natural disasters.
    • Provides policy direction to engage communities and respond to identified needs.
    • Fosters collaboration among the Board of Supervisors-directed agencies and departments and the elected Sheriff and District Attorney.
    • Augments, rather than replaces, state- and federally-mandated goals and objectives.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • Public safety and administration of justice is a fundamental responsibility of county government, and a key determinant of quality of life.
    • Maintaining and improving a real and perceived sense of public safety is necessary to attract private investment in residences and businesses.
    • A collaborative effort among County agencies and other organizations is required to prevent crime, assist victims of and witnesses to crime, and holistically rehabilitate and aid the reentry and transition of parolees, probationers, and others engaged in the criminal justice system.
    • A regional approach to fire suppression and emergency response is effective and cost-efficient.
    • Minimizing the loss of life and property during emergencies and natural disasters requires collaborative planning, preparation, and execution.


  • Goal PP-1 Law Enforcement

    Effective crime prevention and law enforcement that leads to a real and perceived sense of public safety for residents, visitors, and businesses.

    Policy PP-1.1      Law enforcement services
    The Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement services for unincorporated areas and distributes resources geographically while balancing levels of service and financial resources with continuously changing needs for personal and property protection.

    Policy PP-1.2      Contract law enforcement
    When requested, the Sheriff’s Department provide law enforcement services to incorporated jurisdictions by contract at the full cost of services as determined by the County, without direct subsidy by the County.

    Policy PP-1.3      Holistic approach to crime prevention
    We recognize that the roots of crime are found throughout a spectrum of psychological, social, economic, and environmental issues, and we coordinate proactive planning and activities among the Sheriff’s Department and county and non-county agencies and organizations to intervene and effectively prevent crime.

    Policy PP-1.4      Crime prevention resource allocation
    The Sheriff’s Department uses crime data analysis, professional expertise, and community input to allocate patrols and other crime prevention resources.

    Policy PP-1.5      Community-based crime prevention
    The Sheriff’s Department provides a range of outreach, education, and training programs for community-based and school-based crime prevention.

    Policy PP-1.6      Agency partnerships
    The Sheriff’s Department partners with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and private security providers to enhance law enforcement service.

    Policy PP-1.7      Community partnerships
    The Sheriff’s Department establishes and maintains partnerships to help identify public safety needs, strengthen community confidence, and improve service to our communities.

    Policy PP-1.8      Public awareness
    The Sheriff’s Department engages the media and our communities to improve the public’s perception and awareness of personal and property protection and safety.

    Policy PP-1.9      Periodic needs assessment
    The Sheriff’s Department periodically assesses their facility, equipment, and staffing needs and use the assessment to allocate funding resources in the annual budget and capital improvement program.

    Policy PP-1.10    Qualified workforce
    The Sheriff’s Department attracts and retains a qualified workforce of law enforcement and support personnel, reflective of the people they serve, and invest in training and ongoing education.

  • Goal PP-2 Law & Justice

    An equitable justice system for violations of law in the county, adequate care and effective rehabilitation for inmates in the County’s custody, and the holistic rehabilitation and aided reentry and transition of parolees, probationers, and others living in the county engaged by the criminal justice system.

    Policy PP-2.1      Equity
    We, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department, monitor and improve our law and justice functions, including for those accused of violating state and local law, victims, and witnesses, to ensure that individuals and corporations are treated equitably.

    Policy PP-2.2      Capacity
    We advocate for and support sufficient capacity in the justice system, including the criminal and civil courts, District Attorney’s office, and Public Defender’s office, to effectively and efficiently adjudicate violations of law committed in the county.

    Policy PP-2.3      Information sharing
    We continually improve the sharing of non-privileged information from the time of arrest through trial, among the Sheriff’s Department and city police departments, courts, District Attorney’s office, Public Defender’s office, and Probation Department.

    Policy PP-2.4      Housing and care of inmates
    We provide adequate care and effective rehabilitation for those incarcerated in County jails or housed in County juvenile detention facilities, consistent with state and federal law, and we advocate for adequate state funding.

    Policy PP-2.5      Support for victims and witnesses
    In conjunction with the District Attorney’s office, we provide supportive services for victims of and witnesses to crime through a holistic approach considering physical, psychological, and basic needs.

    Policy PP-2.6      Recidivism
    To prevent recidivism, we provide holistic rehabilitation to those incarcerated and engaged in the reentry process, and provide coordinated services through the departments and agencies associated with law and justice, human services, economic development, and housing, as well as other agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

  • Goal PP-3 Fire and Emergency Medical

    Reduced risk of death, injury, property damage, and economic loss due to fires and other natural disasters, accidents, and medical incidents through prompt and capable emergency response.

    Policy PP-3.1      Fire and emergency medical services
    We maintain a sufficient number and distribution of fire stations, up-to-date equipment, and fully-trained staff to respond effectively to emergencies.

    Policy PP-3.2      Fire District
    We support the expansion of the Fire District to serve additional incorporated jurisdictions, and the use of special funding and financing mechanisms to augment Fire District revenues to improve service and coverage.

    Policy PP-3.3      Search and rescue
    We maintain up-to-date equipment and fully-trained staff to provide urban search and rescue and swift water rescue emergency response.

    Policy PP-3.4      Fire prevention services
    We proactively mitigate or reduce the negative effects of fire, hazardous materials release, and structural collapse by implementing the California Fire Code, adopted with County amendments.

    Policy PP-3.5      Firefighting water supply and facilities
    We coordinate with water providers to maintain adequate water supply, pressure, and facilities to protect people and property from urban fires and wildfires.

    Policy PP-3.6      Concurrent protection services
    We require that fire department facilities, equipment, and staffing required to serve new development are operating prior to, or in conjunction with new development.

    Policy PP-3.7      Fire safe design
    We require new development in the Fire Safety Overlay to comply with additional site design, building, and access standards to provide enhanced resistance to fire hazards.

    Policy PP-3.8      Fire-adapted communities
    We inform and prepare our residents and businesses to collaboratively plan and take action to more safely coexist with the risk of wildfires.

    Policy PP-3.9      Street signage
    We require adequate street signage be provided and maintained to ensure emergency services can quickly and efficiently respond.

    Policy PP-3.10    Community outreach
    We engage with local schools, community groups, and businesses to increase awareness of fire risk, prevention, and evacuation.

    Policy PP-3.11    Post-burn risks
    In areas burned by wildfire, we require new and reconstructed development to adhere to current development standards, and may require additional study to evaluate increased flooding, debris flow, and mudslide risks.

    Policy PP-3.12    Fire protection and emergency medical resource allocation
    We use fire and emergency services data analysis and professional expertise to allocate resources, reduce fire risks, and improve emergency response.

    Policy PP-3.13    Periodic needs assessment
    We periodically assess our facility, equipment, and staffing needs and use the assessment to allocate funding resources in the annual budget and capital improvement program.

    Policy PP-3.14    Qualified workforce
    We attract and retain a qualified workforce of fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and support personnel, and invest in training and ongoing education.

  • Goal PP-4 Emergency Preparedness and Recovery

    A reduced risk of and impact from injury, loss of life, property damage, and economic and social disruption resulting from emergencies, natural disasters, and potential changes in climate.

    Policy PP-4.1      Emergency management plans
    We maintain, update, and adopt the Emergency Operations Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan, and the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

    Policy PP-4.2      Critical and essential facility operation
    We ensure that critical and essential County facilities remain operational during emergencies.

    Policy PP-4.3      Automatic and mutual aid
    We participate in agreements for automatic and mutual aid with other local, state, federal, and nongovernmental emergency service providers to improve protection services and emergency response throughout the county.

    Policy PP-4.4      Emergency shelters and routes
    We identify and publicize emergency shelters and sign and control evacuation routes for use during emergencies.

    Policy PP-4.5      Vulnerable populations
    We coordinate with and encourage the use of community-based networks to aid vulnerable populations prepare for emergencies and provide assistance with evacuation and recovery.

    Policy PP-4.6      Recovery
    We reestablish and expedite County services to assist affected residents and businesses in the short- and long-term recovery from emergencies and natural disasters.

    Policy PP-4.7      Public outreach and education
    We engage with the community to increase awareness of and preparedness for emergencies and natural disasters.

Hazards Element


The Draft Hazards Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    The massive scale of the county’s geography and the complexity of its economy and socioeconomics exposes people, buildings, and facilities to a wide range of natural (wild fires, flooding, geologic activity, and wind) and human-generated hazards (hazardous materials, airports, and noise). Reducing the risks associated with such hazards improves real and perceived senses of safety, providing the county with a higher quality of life and spurring continuous investment and improvement of the county’s communities, businesses, and natural areas.

    The County is committed to protecting life, property, and commerce from impacts associated with natural hazards, human-generated hazards, and increased risk due to climate change. The County also works to ensure that residents in unincorporated disadvantaged communities have a reduced risk of exposure to pollution and have equitable access to public facilities and services. Effectively reducing these risks requires the County and its partners to evaluate public safety threats, proactively plan and protect against potential hazards, and establish systems that will make the county and its people safer and more self-reliant.

  • Purpose

    The Hazards Element:

    • Identifies potential natural and human-generated hazards, including increased risk due to climate change.
    • Provides direction to address risks to residents, businesses, workers, and visitors.
    • Prioritizes resources and reduce pollution exposure in unincorporated disadvantaged communities.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • A safe environment is necessary to build and maintain a sustainable and prosperous county.
    • The County has a role in lessening risks from natural and human-generated hazards.
    • Reduction in the loss of life, injury, private property damage, infrastructure damage, economic losses, and social dislocation can be achieved through planning and preparedness.
    • Emergency response and recovery efforts contribute to a resilient county, given unavoidable emergencies and natural disasters.
    • Those who live in unincorporated disadvantaged communities should not be burdened with elevated exposure to pollution risks and reduced access to public facilities and services.


  • Goal HZ-1 Natural Environmental Hazards

    Minimized risk of injury, loss of life, property damage, and economic and social disruption caused by natural environmental hazards and adaptation to potential changes in climate.

    Policy HZ-1.1      New subdivisions in environmental hazard areas
    We require all lots and parcels created through new subdivisions to have sufficient buildable area outside of the following environmental hazard areas:

    • Flood: 100-year flood zone, dam/basin inundation area
    • Geologic: Alquist Priolo earthquake fault zone; County-identified fault zone; rockfall/debris-flow hazard area, existing and County-identified landslide area

    Policy HZ-1.2      New development in environmental hazard areas
    We require all new development to be located outside of the environmental hazard areas listed below. For any lot or parcel that does not have sufficient buildable area outside of such hazard areas, we require adequate mitigation, including designs that allow occupants to shelter in place and to have sufficient time to evacuate during times of extreme weather and natural disasters.

    • Flood: 100-year flood zone, dam/basin inundation area
    • Geologic: Alquist Priolo earthquake fault zone; County-identified fault zone; rockfall/debris-flow hazard area, medium or high liquefaction area (low to high and localized), existing and County-identified landslide area, moderate to high landslide susceptibility area)
    • Fire: high or very high fire hazard severity zone

    Policy HZ-1.3      Floodplain mapping
    We require any new lots or subdivisions partially in, and any new development partially or entirely in 100-year flood zones or 100-year flood awareness areas to provide detail floodplain mapping for 100- and 200-year storm events as part of the development approval process.

    Policy HZ-1.4      500-year flood zone
    We may collaborate with property owners in the Valley region to establish funding and financing mechanisms to mitigate flood hazards in identified 500-year flood zones.

    Policy HZ-1.5      Existing properties in environmental hazard areas
    We encourage owners of existing properties in hazard areas to add design features that allow occupants to shelter in place and to have sufficient time to evacuate during times of extreme weather and natural disasters.

    Policy HZ-1.6      Critical and essential facility location
    We require new critical and essential facilities to be located outside of hazard areas, whenever feasible.

    Policy HZ-1.7      Underground utilities
    We require that underground utilities be designed to withstand seismic forces, accommodate ground settlement, and hardened to fire risk.

    Policy HZ-1.8      Wind erosion hazards
    We require new development in medium-high or high wind erosion hazard areas to protect structures from wind-blown soil through building and site design features such as surface treatment or pavement, wind barriers, architectural features, building materials, and drought resistant landscaping.

    Policy HZ-1.9      Hazard areas maintained as open space
    We minimize risk associated with flood, geologic, and fire hazard zones or areas by encouraging such areas to be preserved and maintained as open space.

    Policy HZ-1.10    Energy independence
    We encourage new residential development to include rooftop solar energy systems and battery storage systems that can provide backup electrical service during temporary power outages.

    Policy HZ-1.11    Energy efficiency retrofits
    We encourage owners of existing residential and commercial properties to retrofit the walls, doors, windows, ceilings, roofs, ductwork, and other elements of their building envelopes, in order to improve energy efficiency and better protect occupants from extreme temperatures.

  • Goal HZ-2 Human-generated Hazards

    People and the natural environment protected from exposure to hazardous materials, excessive noise, and other human-generated hazards.

    Policy HZ-2.1      Hazardous waste facilities
    We regulate and buffer hazardous waste facilities to protect public health and avoid impacts on the natural environment.

    Policy HZ-2.2      Database of hazardous materials
    We maintain up-to-date databases of the storage, use, and production of hazardous materials, based on federally- and state-required disclosure and notification, to appropriately respond to potential emergencies.

    Policy HZ-2.3      Safer alternatives
    We minimize the use of hazardous materials by choosing and by encouraging others to use non-toxic alternatives that do not pose a threat to the environment.

    Policy HZ-2.4      Truck routes for hazardous materials
    We designate truck routes for the transportation of hazardous materials through unincorporated areas and prohibit routes that pass through residential neighborhoods to the maximum extent feasible.

    Policy HZ-2.5      Community education
    We engage with residents and businesses to promote safe practices related to the use, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials.

    Policy HZ-2.6      Coordination with transportation authorities
    We collaborate with airport owners, FAA, Caltrans, SBCTA, SCAG, neighboring jurisdictions, and other transportation providers in the preparation and maintenance of, and updates to transportation-related plans and projects to minimize noise impacts and provide appropriate mitigation measures.

    Policy HZ-2.7      Truck delivery areas
    We encourage truck delivery areas to be located away from residential properties and require associated noise impacts to be mitigated.

    Policy HZ-2.8      Proximity to noise generating uses
    We limit or restrict new noise sensitive land uses in proximity to existing conforming noise generating uses and planned industrial areas.

    Policy HZ-2.9      Control sound at the source
    We prioritize noise mitigation measures that control sound at the source before buffers, soundwalls, and other perimeter measures.

    Policy HZ-2.10    Agricultural operations
    We require new development adjacent to existing conforming agricultural operations to provide adequate buffers to reduce the exposure of new development to operational noise, odor, and the storage or application of pesticides or other hazardous materials.

    Policy HZ-2.11    Legacy abandoned mine lands
    We inventory legacy abandoned mines and require private property owners to eliminate hazardous conditions that could threaten human life and environmental contamination. We obtain funding to address legacy abandoned mines on County-owned property.

  • Goal HZ-3 Environmental Justice

    For unincorporated environmental justice focus areas, equitable levels of protection from environmental and health hazards; expanded opportunities for physical activity and meaningful civic engagement; and access to healthy food, public facilities, safe and sanitary housing.

    Policy HZ-3.1      Cumulative health risk assessment
    We require a cumulative health risk assessment when a project potentially effects sensitive receptors in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.  We require such assessments to evaluate impacts of truck traffic from the project to freeways.

    Policy HZ-3.2      Studying and monitoring
    We coordinate with state and regional regulatory entities to monitor pollution exposure and identify solutions in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas. We work with state and regional regulatory entities to obtain grant funding to study cumulative health risks affecting such areas.

    Policy HZ-3.3      Relocation of nonconforming residential units
    We pursue grant funding and other assistance to relocate residents living in residential units that are nonconforming uses in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas and to eliminate those nonconforming residential units.

    Policy HZ-3.4      Residential improvements
    We pursue grant funding and other assistance for rehabilitation and home improvements in conforming residential units in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.5      Hazardous waste facilities
    We do not permit new hazardous waste facilities to be developed in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.6      Contaminated water and soils
    We advocate for and coordinate with local and regional agencies in efforts to remediate or treat contaminated surface water, groundwater, or soils in or affecting unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.7      Well water testing
    In unincorporated environmental justice focus areas that are not served by public water systems, we seek funding to periodically test well water for contamination and, if warranted, recommend onsite treatment or other solutions.

    Policy HZ-3.8      Indoor air quality
    We educate and raise awareness in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas about indoor air quality, and we pursue grant funding for public health initiatives targeting asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

    Policy HZ-3.9      Public improvements
    Within unincorporated communities, we emphasize investments in public facilities, infrastructure, and services to benefit unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.10    Joint use recreation facilities
    We emphasize coordination efforts on joint use recreation facilities serving unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.11    Community-desired improvements
    We may assist unincorporated environmental justice focus areas in establishing special funding and financing mechanisms to provide community-desired public facilities and services, recreational facilities, sidewalks and bike trails, and access to fresh and healthy food.

    Policy HZ-3.12    Notification
    We notify the public through the County website when applications are accepted for conditional use permits, changes in zoning, and Policy Plan amendments in or adjacent to environmental justice focus areas. We prepare public notices in the predominant language(s) spoken in the communities containing environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.13    Community stakeholders
    We identify and coordinate with key community stakeholders through advisory committees or other methods to increase public awareness and obtain timely community input concerning potential conditional use permits, changes in zoning, and amendments to the Policy Plan in or adjacent to environmental justice focus areas.

    Policy HZ-3.14    Applicant outreach
    In order for an application for a change in zoning or the Policy Plan on property in or adjacent to an environmental justice focus area to be deemed complete, we require applicants to conduct at least one public meeting for nearby residents, businesses, and property owners to obtain public input. The County will require additional public outreach if the proposed project changes substantively in use, scale, or intensity from the proposed project presented at previous public outreach meeting(s).

Tribal & Historic Resources Element


The Draft Tribal & Historic Resources Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    Tribal and historic resources provide both tangible and intangible links with our historic and prehistoric past.  These resources are valued as symbols of our shared history and collective identity, as recognition of our county’s first inhabitants, as memorials to historical events and individuals, and for their scientific, educational, and economic importance.

    It is vital that we find ways to preserve and conserve these resources while continuing to grow and develop in the unincorporated parts of our county. This includes the preservation of paleontological resources most commonly manifested as fossils related to animals, plants, and the ecosystem of the world since life first arose.

    We must also preserve and conserve the history of our people, which began with the varied Native American tribes that settled in the county thousands of years ago, continued with the arrival of several new cultures starting in the late 1700s, and carries on through today. Examples of historic resources include sites, buildings, and structures connected to important events and people. Tribal resources include artifacts and remains set within a physical and spiritual context of places, settings, and natural features. Although part of our collective history, tribal resources are addressed through a distinct goal and set of policies out of respect for their cultures and heritage.

  • Purpose

    The Tribal & Historic Resources Element:

    • Establishes direction on notification, coordination, and partnerships to preserve and conserve tribal and historic resources.
    • Provides guidance on how new development can avoid or minimize impacts on tribal and historic resources.
    • Provides direction on increasing public awareness and education efforts about tribal and historic resources.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • Today’s generations are stewards of our collective cultural history and are responsible for conserving it for future generations.
    • Preserving and celebrating our cultural and historic resources enhances our understanding of the world in which we live.
    • Tribal and historical resources are valuable assets that attract visitors and support local businesses.


  • Goal CH-1 Tribal Resources

    Tribal resources that are preserved and celebrated out of respect for Native American beliefs and traditions.

    Policy CH-1.1      Tribal notification and coordination
    We notify and coordinate with tribal representatives in accordance with state and federal laws to strengthen our working relationship with area tribes, avoid inadvertent discoveries of Native American burials, determine the treatment and disposition of burials inadvertently discovered, and to preserve the options of avoidance of cultural resources or preservation in place early in the planning process.

    Policy CH-1.2      Tribal planning
    We will collaborate with local tribes on countywide planning efforts and, as permitted or required, planning efforts initiated by local tribes.

    Policy CH-1.3      Mitigation and avoidance
    We consult with local tribes to establish and update appropriate standard mitigation measures and treatment of potential cultural resources. We require project applicants to design projects to avoid known tribal resources, whenever possible. If avoidance is not possible, we require appropriate mitigation to minimize project impacts on tribal resources.

    Policy CH-1.4      Resource monitoring
    We encourage active participation by local tribes as monitors in surveys, testing, excavation, and grading phases of development projects with potential impacts on tribal resources.

  • Goal CH-2 Historic and Prehistoric Resources

    Historic, prehistoric, archaeological, and paleontological resources that are protected and preserved for their cultural importance to local communities as well as their research and educational potential.

    Policy CH-2.1      National and state historic resources
    We encourage the preservation of historic and prehistoric sites and structures of state or national significance in accordance with the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.

    Policy CH-2.2      Local historic resources
    We encourage property owners to maintain the historic integrity of resources on their property by (listed in order of preference): preservation, adaptive reuse, or memorialization.

    Policy CH-2.3      Paleontological and archaeological resources
    We protect paleontological and archaeological resources from loss or destruction by requiring that new development include appropriate mitigation to preserve the quality and integrity of these resources. We require new development to avoid paleontological and archeological resources whenever possible. If avoidance is not possible, we require the salvage and preservation of paleontological and archeological resources.

    Policy CH-2.4      Partnerships
    We encourage partnerships to champion and financially support the preservation and restoration of historic sites, structures, and districts.

    Policy CH-2.5      Public awareness and education
    We increase public awareness and conduct education efforts about the unique historic, natural, tribal, and cultural resources in San Bernardino County through the County Museum and in collaboration with other entities and organizations.

Renewable Energy & Conservation Element


This page is a placeholder for the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE), which was adopted in 2017 and amended in February 2019 and is not being updated through the Countywide Plan. The RECE will be incorporated in its entirety into the Countywide Plan upon its adoption.

  • Adopted Element

    A complete copy of the adopted Element can be found at the link below.  An updated version with the 2019 amendments will be posted as soon as it is available.

    Renewable Energy & Conservation Element (Adopted 2017)

  • Approved Amendments

    UPDATE: Board of Supervisors adopts amendments

    On February 28, 2019, the Board of Supervisors voted to prohibit utility-oriented renewable energy development in the Rural Living land use district, currently adopted Community Plan areas, and other areas as determined in the Development Code update.

    Additional policy amendments were adopted regarding a focus on using existing energy generation sites and greater collaboration to encourage development of utility-oriented renewable energy generation facilities on public lands, apart from unincorporated communities.

    The adopted changes (see below) will be reflected in the Countywide Plan.  This webpage will be updated with the updated element in the near future.

    The amendments became effective immediately upon adoption of the resolution.  Any application for development of a renewable energy generation project that had been accepted as complete in compliance with California Government Code Section 65943 before the effective date of the resolution is to be processed in compliance with the policies and regulations in effect at the time the application was accepted as complete. These applications may be relocated to other sites under the same policies and regulations.

    AMENDMENTS:  The text of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element is hereby amended to add RE Policy 4.10, replace RE Policy 5.2, and add RE Policy 5.9 to read as follows:

    RE Policy 4.10:  Prohibit utility-oriented RE project development on sites that would create adverse impacts on the quality of life or economic development opportunities in existing unincorporated communities. Any exceptions or revisions to the following policy direction would require approval by the Board of Supervisors.

    RE 4.10.1: Prohibit development of utility-oriented RE projects in the Rural Living land use districts throughout the County.

    RE 4.10.2: Prohibit development of utility-oriented RE projects within the boundaries of existing community plans, which at the time of adoption of this Element are the Bloomington, Muscoy, Bear Valley, Crest Forest, Hilltop, Lake Arrowhead, Lytle Creek, Oak Glen, Homestead Valley, Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Oak Hills and Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plans.

    RE 4.10.3: Establish exclusion areas in the Development Code regulations for renewable energy development, beginning with the prohibitions in Policies 4.10.1 and 4.10.2 and provide for additional exclusion areas, such as new community plan areas, to be designated by amendment to the Development Code.

    RE Policy 5.2:  Utility-oriented RE generation projects on private land in the unincorporated County will be limited to the site-types below, in addition to meeting criteria established herein and in the Development Code:

    1. Private lands adjacent to the federal Development Focus Areas supported by the Board of Supervisors that meet siting criteria and development standards
    2. Waste disposal sites
    3. Mining sites (operating and reclaimed)
    4. Fallow, degraded and unviable agricultural lands
    5. Airports (existing and abandoned or adaptively re-used)
    6. Brownfields
    7. California Department of Toxic Substance Control Cleanup Program sites
    8. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites
    9. Sites within or adjacent to electric transmission and utility distribution corridors
    10. Existing energy generation sites
    11. Industrial zones proven to not conflict with economic development needs
    12. Other sites proven by a detailed suitability analysis to reflect the significantly disturbed nature or conditions of those listed above

    RE Policy 5.9:  Collaborate with utilities, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to plan for RE generation facilities to be located on public lands, apart from existing unincorporated communities.

    Planning Commission:

    On May 24, 2018, the County of San Bernardino Planning Commission voted (5-0) to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to amend Policy 4.10 to read as shown below. This page will be updated upon direction from the Board of Supervisors.

    RE Policy 4.10: Prohibit utility‐oriented RE project development on sites that would create adverse impacts on the quality of life or economic development opportunities in existing unincorporated communities.

    • RE 4.10.1: Prohibit development of utility‐oriented RE projects in the Rural Living land use districts throughout the County.
    • RE 4.10.2: Prohibit development of utility‐oriented RE projects within the boundaries of existing community plans, which at the time of adoption of this Element are the Bloomington, Muscoy, Bear Valley, Crest Forest, Hilltop, Lake Arrowhead, Lytle Creek, Oak Glen, Homestead Valley, Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Oak Hills and Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plans.
    • RE 4.10.3: Establish exclusion areas in the Development Code regulations for renewable energy development, beginning with the prohibitions in Policies 4.10.1 and 4.10.2 and provide for additional exclusion areas, such as new community plan areas, to be designated by amendment to the Development Code.

Natural Resources Element


The Draft Natural Resources Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    The county’s abundant natural resources are integral to our quality of life, community identities, and economic success. Appropriately managed, they provide safe air and water for our people and the environment, improve the health of our residents and workers, attract visitors from around the world, and sustain the productivity of our local and national economies.

    The County maintains a regional system of parks and trails for the entire county. In the unincorporated areas, the County maintains some local park facilities with special district funding, and self-governing community service districts maintain other local park facilities. The County also sets standards and applies designations to preserve the varied scenic resources across the unincorporated lands.

    While air and water quality are largely regulated by regional, state, and federal agencies, the County applies standards set by and coordinates with such agencies, manages small public water systems, and provides permits for wells and septic systems.  Similarly, the protection and conservation of biological resources is primarily regulated and controlled by state and federal agencies, with the County enforcing state and federal laws and participating in local and countywide efforts to promote biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

    The County is the lead agency for mining activity on all private and public lands in unincorporated areas and facilitates the extraction of mineral resources while minimizing adverse effects on the environment and communities. Although the rich agricultural lands of the Valley region were long ago urbanized, the County promotes the preservation and continued viability of remaining agricultural resources and farming operations.

  • Purpose

    The Natural Resources Element:

    • Establishes policies that preserve and enhance the beauty and resiliency of our natural resources.
    • Promotes clean air and a supply of water for human consumption and the natural environment.
    • Supports the maintenance and enhancement of a countywide system of open space, parks, and recreation assets.
    • Provides guidance and support for mining operations and the preservation of agricultural lands.
    • Provides guidance on the location and distribution of new development to protect natural resources.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • Effective management of natural resources will ensure their environmental and economical sustainability and resiliency.
    • Access to open space and vibrant natural resources improves public health and contributes significantly to the county’s overall economic vitality.
    • Improving air quality and ensuring access to clean and affordable drinking water will enhance the quality of life for our residents and attract continuing investment in residences and businesses.
    • The County’s primary role is to govern land use and establish development standards to ensure that new development has minimal impact on the natural environment in the unincorporated areas of the county.
    • The County has a responsibility to maintain and make available information on natural resources to enable property owners to be better stewards of the land and natural resources.


  • Goal NR-1 Air Quality

    Air quality that promotes health and wellness of residents in San Bernardino County through improvements in locally-generated emissions.

    Policy NR-1.1      Land use
    We promote compact and transit-oriented development countywide and regulate the types and locations of development in unincorporated areas to minimize vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Policy NR-1.2      Indoor air quality
    We promote the improvement of indoor air quality through the California Building and Energy Codes and through the provision of public health programs and services.

    Policy NR-1.3      Coordination on air pollution
    We collaborate with air quality management districts and other local agencies to monitor and reduce major pollutants affecting the county at the emission source.

    Policy NR-1.4      Military coordination on air quality
    We collaborate with the military to avoid or minimize impacts on military training and operations from air pollution and haze.

    Policy NR-1.5      Sensitive land uses
    We consider recommendations from the California Air Resources Board on the siting of new sensitive land uses and exposure to specific source categories.

    Policy NR-1.6      Fugitive dust emissions
    We coordinate with air quality management districts on requirements for dust control plans, revegetation, and soil compaction to prevent fugitive dust emissions.

    Policy NR-1.7      Greenhouse gas reduction targets
    We strive to meet the 2040 and 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in accordance with state law.

    Policy NR-1.8      Construction and operations
    We invest in County facilities and fleet vehicles to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. We encourage County contractors and other builders and developers to use low-emission construction vehicles and equipment to improve air quality and reduce emissions.

    Policy NR-1.9      Building design and upgrades
    We use the CALGreen Code to meet energy efficiency standards for new buildings and encourage the upgrading of existing buildings to incorporate design elements, building materials, and fixtures that improve environmental sustainability and reduce emissions.

  • Goal NR-2 Water Quality

    Clean and safe water for human consumption and the natural environment.

    Policy NR-2.1      Coordination on water quality
    We collaborate with the state, regional water quality control boards, watermasters, water purveyors, and government agencies at all levels to ensure a safe supply of drinking water and a healthy environment.

    Policy NR-2.2      Water management plans
    We support the development, update, and implementation of ground and surface water quality management plans emphasizing the protection of water quality from point and non-point source pollution.

    Policy NR-2.3      Military coordination on water quality
    We collaborate with the military to avoid or minimize impacts on military training and operations from groundwater contamination and inadequate groundwater supply.

    Policy NR-2.4      Wastewater discharge
    We apply federal and state water quality standards for wastewater discharge requirements in the review of development proposals that relate to type, location, and size of the proposed project in order to safeguard public health and shared water resources.

    Policy NR-2.5      Stormwater discharge
    We ensure compliance with the County’s Municipal Stormwater NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit by requiring new development and significant redevelopment to protect the quality of water and drainage systems through site design, source controls, stormwater treatment, runoff reduction measures, best management practices, low impact development strategies, and technological advances. For existing development, we monitor businesses and coordinate with municipalities.

    Policy NR-2.6      Agricultural waste and biosolids
    We coordinate with regional water quality control boards and other responsible agencies to regulate and control animal waste and biosolids in order to protect groundwater and the natural environment.

  • Goal NR-3 Open Space, Parks, and Recreation

    A system of well-planned and maintained parks, trails, and open space that provides recreation opportunities for residents, attracts visitors from across the region and around the country, and preserves the natural environment.

    Policy NR-3.1      Open space preservation
    We regulate land use and coordinate with public and nongovernmental agencies to preserve open space areas that protect natural resources, function as a buffer against natural hazards or between land uses, serve as a recreation or tourist destination, or are central to the identity of an unincorporated community.

    Policy NR-3.2      Residential clustering
    We allow residential development to cluster housing units in order to reduce the consumption of undeveloped land, maximize the amount of open space, preserve natural resources, conform to natural topography/grade, and/or reduce exposure of structures to natural hazards.

    Policy NR-3.3      Management of designated areas
    We coordinate with public and nongovernmental agencies to sustainably manage and conserve land within or adjacent to locally-, state-, or federally-designated open space or resource conservation areas.

    Policy NR-3.4      Land exchange
    We coordinate with state and federal agencies to exchange publicly owned lands in order to provide additional areas for open space, recreation, and resource protection. We also request the right of first refusal on publicly owned lands made available for purchase to the public.

    Policy NR-3.5      Private conservation efforts
    We support nongovernmental organizations and private entities who purchase, own, maintain, and expand areas for conservation and preservation. We also support the voluntary transition of privately held lands within a larger boundary designated by the state or federal government for open space and resource conservation to public ownership.

    Policy NR-3.6      Regional park land
    We coordinate with other jurisdictions and agencies to provide regional park land. We prioritize the maintenance and improvement of existing County parks and trails over their expansion or creation of new facilities.

    Policy NR-3.7      Regional park revenue
    We generate revenues from County-owned parks and facilities to offset the costs of operation and maintenance. We may also coordinate with local jurisdictions and leverage other resources to support the maintenance and improvement of park and trail facilities.

    Policy NR-3.8      Regional trail system
    We coordinate with incorporated jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and other regional and not-for-profit entities to maintain and improve a regional trail system. We prioritize the maintenance and improvement of the Santa Ana River Trail, followed by the creation of trails in unincorporated areas that connect to existing trails in incorporated areas and to state- and federally-maintained trails.

    Policy NR-3.9      Local parks, trails, and recreation
    We support the provision of local and community parks, trails, and recreational programs and facilities in unincorporated areas when a locally-approved funding and financing mechanism is established to pay for acquisition, construction, maintenance, and operations.

    Policy NR-3.10    Joint use facilities
    We promote the creation of joint use facilities for local parks and recreation programs through coordination with the County Flood Control District, local school districts, utilities, and other public agencies.

    Policy NR-3.11    Off-highway vehicle areas
    In areas under the County’s land use authority, we require new commercial off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas to be situated and buffered to minimize effects on nearby residential uses and environmentally sensitive areas.

  • Goal NR-4 Scenic Resources

    Scenic resources that highlight the natural environment and reinforce the identity of local communities and the county.

    Policy NR-4.1      Preservation of scenic resources
    We consider the location and scale of development to preserve regionally significant scenic vistas and natural features, including prominent hillsides, ridgelines, dominant landforms, and reservoirs.

    Policy NR-4.2      Coordination with agencies
    We coordinate with adjacent federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to protect scenic resources that extend beyond the County’s land use authority and are important to countywide residents, businesses, and tourists.

    Policy NR-4.3      Off-site signage
    We prohibit new off-site signage and encourage the removal of existing off-site signage along or within view of County Scenic Routes and State Scenic Highways.

  • Goal NR-5 Biological Resources

    An interconnected landscape of open spaces and habitat areas that promotes biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, both for their intrinsic value and for the value placed on them by residents and visitors.

    Policy NR-5.1      Coordinated habitat planning
    We participate in landscape-scale habitat conservation planning and coordinate with existing or proposed habitat conservation and natural resource management plans for private and public lands to increase certainty for both the conservation of species, habitats, wildlife corridors, and other important biological resources and functions and for land development and infrastructure permitting.

    Policy NR-5.2      Capacity for resource protection and management
    We coordinate with public and nongovernmental agencies to seek funding and other resources to protect, restore, and maintain open space, habitat, and wildlife corridors for threatened, endangered, and other sensitive species.

    Policy NR-5.3      Multiple-resource benefits
    We prioritize conservation actions that demonstrate multiple resource preservation benefits, such as biology, climate change adaptation and resiliency, hydrology, cultural, scenic, and community character.

    Policy NR-5.4      Off-base recovery efforts
    We coordinate with military installations to facilitate off-base recovery of threatened and endangered species and landscape-scale conservation.

    Policy NR-5.5      Mitigation and future responsibilities
    We require that new development satisfy habitat conservation responsibilities without shifting conservation responsibilities onto military property.

    Policy NR-5.6      Mitigation banking
    We support the proactive assemblage of lands to protect biological resources and facilitate development through private or public mitigation banking. We require public and private conservation lands or mitigation banks to ensure that easement and fee title agreements provide funding methods sufficient to manage the land in perpetuity.

    Policy NR-5.7      Development review, entitlement, and mitigation
    We comply with state and federal regulations regarding protected species of animals and vegetation through the development review, entitlement, and environmental clearance processes.

    Policy NR-5.8      Invasive species
    We require the use of non-invasive plant species with new development and encourage the management of existing invasive plant species that degrade ecological function.

  • Goal NR-6 Mineral Resources

    Mineral resource zones that allow extraction industries to continue supporting the regional and national economy while minimizing negative impacts on the public and natural environment.

    Policy NR-6.1      Mineral resource areas
    We prioritize the conservation of land area with mineral resources by prohibiting or discouraging development of land that would substantially preclude the future development of mining facilities in areas classified as Mineral Resource Zone (MRZ) 2a, 2b, or 3a.

    Policy NR-6.2      Mining operations and reclamation
    We require and monitor mineral extraction activities to ensure that the operation and reclamation of mined lands is consistent with the State Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA).

    Policy NR-6.3      Conservation of construction aggregate
    We encourage the continued operation of existing mining facilities and streamline the permitting of new mining facilities (consistent with the Policy Plan and other local, state, and federal regulations) to establish aggregate resources that are sufficient to satisfy 50 years of County demand.

  • Goal NR-7 Agriculture and Soils

    An ability of property and farm owners to conduct sustainable and economically viable farm operations.

    Policy NR-7.1      Protection of agricultural land
    We protect economically viable and productive agricultural lands from the adverse effects of urban encroachment, particularly increased erosion and sedimentation, trespass, and non-agricultural land development.

    Policy NR-7.2      Preservation of important agricultural lands
    We require project applicants seeking to develop 20 or more acres of agricultural land (classified as prime, of statewide importance, or unique) to non-agricultural uses to prepare an agricultural resource evaluation prior to project approval. The evaluation shall use generally accepted methodologies to identify the potentially significant impact of the loss of agricultural land as well as the economic viability of future agricultural use of the property. If the conversion is deemed significant, the County shall require mitigation at a 1:1 ratio of converted to preserved acreage through conservation easements, payment of its valuation equivalent if a fee mitigation program is established, or inclusion in a regional agricultural preservation program.

    Policy NR-7.3      Conservation and preservation incentives
    We support programs and policies that provide tax and economic incentives to conserve existing productive agricultural lands or preserve agricultural land classified as prime, of statewide importance, unique, or of local importance. We support landowners in establishing new and maintaining existing California Land Conservation (Williamson Act) contracts.

    Policy NR-7.4      Economic diversity of farm operations
    We encourage farm operations to strengthen their economic viability through diversifying potential sources of farm income and activity, including value added products, agricultural tourism, roadside stands, organic farming, and farmers markets.

Transportation & Mobility Element


The Draft Transportation & Mobility Element of the Countywide Plan (CWP) is presented for public review as a beta version of the web-based Policy Plan. Graphics, photos, and search functionality are in development and will be included in subsequent releases of the web-based Policy Plan.


  • Introduction

    A large and diverse multimodal transportation network serves residents, businesses, and visitors throughout San Bernardino County. The efficiency of this transportation network is a key asset to businesses operating in the county and influences the quality of life experienced by residents.

    While cars and trucks are expected to be the dominant mode of transportation throughout the lifetime of this plan, we recognize the need to invest in robust alternatives for residents, including complete streets, public transit systems, and off-street networks that promote walking and bicycling. With dozens of communities spread across 20,000 square miles and four subregions, we must also design transportation and mobility systems to be sensitive to the local and environmental context.

  • Purpose

    The Transportation & Mobility Element:

    • Establishes the location and operational conditions of the roadway network.
    • Coordinates the transportation and mobility system with future land use patterns and projected growth.
    • Provides guidance for the County’s responsibility to satisfy the local and subregional mobility needs of residents, visitors and businesses in unincorporated areas.
    • Addresses access and connectivity among the various communities, cities, towns, and regions, as well as the range and suitability of mobility options: vehicular, trucking, freight and passenger rail, air, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit.
  • Principles

    We believe:

    • An effective transportation and mobility network involves a fair share, collaborative effort between multiple local and regional agencies.
    • The ongoing operations, maintenance of, and reinvestment in the transportation network must be matched with new and on-going funding.
    • The pattern of land use and transportation systems should be designed to reduce the length and duration of trips traveled by vehicles.
    • Pedestrian, cyclist, and other active transportation infrastructure in mobility focus areas should safely connect neighborhoods and communities to key destinations.
    • Local roadways should be designed to serve projected travel demand and reflect the surrounding environmental and community context.
    • Road, freight, and airport design and maintenance are essential for efficient movement of goods and people.
    • The expansion of passenger, freight, and general aviation services at airports throughout the county is vital to the regional economy.


  • Goal TM-1 Roadway Capacity

    Unincorporated areas served by roads with capacity that is adequate for residents, businesses, tourists, and emergency services.

    Policy TM-1.1     Roadway level of service (LOS)
    We require our roadways to be built to achieve the following minimum level of service standards during peak commute periods (typically 7:00-9:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM on a weekday):

    • LOS D in the Valley Region
    • LOS C in the Mountain Region
    • LOS C in the North and East Desert Regions

    Policy TM-1.2     LOS exemptions
    We may accept reduced levels of service (compared to Policy TM-1.1) when one or more of the following conditions exist:

    • Insufficient right of way exists to implement the improvement and right of way acquisition is infeasible.
    • Substantial impacts of improvement on the environment are considered unacceptable.
    • The improvement would conflict with the aesthetic quality and heritage of a designated scenic highway, scenic route, or local community character.
    • The improvement degrades safety for cyclists and pedestrians on bicycle and pedestrian prioritized routes.

    Policy TM-1.3     Interjurisdictional roadway consistency
    We promote consistent cross-sections along roads traversing incorporated and unincorporated areas.

    Policy TM-1.4     Freeways and highways
    We coordinate with Caltrans and regional transportation agencies and support the use of state, federal, and other agency funds to improve freeways and highways.

    Policy TM-1.5     Unpaved roadways
    The County does not accept new unpaved roads into the County Maintained Road System, and we require all-weather treatment for all unpaved roads.

    Policy TM-1.6     Upgrading unpaved roads
    We support the paving of unpaved roads when funding is contributed through a local area funding and financing mechanism.

    Policy TM-1.7     Paved roads
    For any new development for which paved roads are required, we require the developer to construct the roads and we require the establishment of a special funding and financing mechanism to pay for roadway operation, maintenance, and set-aside reserves.

    Policy TM-1.8     Fair share contributions
    We require new development to pay its fair share contribution toward off-site transportation improvements.

    Policy TM-1.9     Emergency access
    When considering new roadway improvement proposals for the CIP or RTP, we consider the provision of adequate emergency access routes along with capacity expansion in unincorporated areas. Among access route improvements, we prioritize those that contribute some funding through a local area funding and financing mechanism.

    Policy TM-1.10   New transportation options
    We support the use of transportation network companies, autonomous vehicles, micro transit, and other emerging transportation options that reduce congestion, minimize land area needed for roadways, create more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly streets, reduce VMT, or reduce dependence on privately-owned vehicles.

  • Goal TM-2 Road Design Standards

    Roads designed and built to standards in the unincorporated areas that reflect the rural, suburban, and urban context as well as the regional (valley, mountain, and desert) context.

    Policy TM-2.1     Context sensitive approach
    We maintain and periodically update required roadway cross sections that prioritize multi-modal systems inside mobility focus areas (based on community context), and vehicular capacity on roadways outside of mobility focus areas (based on regional context).

    Policy TM-2.2     Roadway improvements
    We require roadway improvements that reinforce the character of the area, such as curbs and gutters, sidewalks, landscaping, street lighting, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.  We require fewer improvements in rural areas and more improvements in urbanized areas, consistent with the Development Code. Additional standards may be required in municipal spheres of influence.

    Policy TM-2.3     Concurrent improvements
    We require new development to mitigate project transportation impacts no later than prior to occupancy of the development to ensure transportation improvements are delivered concurrent with future development.

    Policy TM-2.4     Atypical intersection controls
    We allow the use of atypical intersection concepts such as roundabouts when they improve traffic flow and safety compared to conventional intersection controls.

    Policy TM-2.5     Context-based features
    When making road improvements, we provide feasible, context-based transportation features such as:

    • Chain installation and inspection areas in the Mountain Region
    • Limited on-street parking areas to serve snow-plow or emergency services
    • Passing lanes in rural areas
    • Vista areas along scenic routes

    Policy TM-2.6     Access control
    We promote shared/central access points for direct access to roads in unincorporated areas to minimize vehicle conflict points and improve safety, especially access points for commercial uses on adjacent properties.

  • Goal TM-3 Vehicle Miles Traveled

    A pattern of development and transportation system that minimizes vehicle miles traveled.

    Policy TM-3.1     VMT Reduction
    We promote new development that will reduce VMT per capita by at least 15 percent relative to existing VMT per capita in each of the county regions (Valley, Mountain, and Desert).

    Policy TM-3.2     Trip reduction strategies
    We support the implementation of transportation demand management techniques, mixed use strategies, and the placement of development in proximity to job and activity centers to reduce the number and length of vehicular trips.

    Policy TM-3.3     First mile/last mile connectivity
    We support strategies that strengthen first/last mile connectivity to enhance the viability and expand the utility of public transit in unincorporated areas and countywide.

  • Goal TM-4 Complete Streets, Transit, and Active Transportation

    On- and off-street improvements that provide functional alternatives to private car usage and promote active transportation in mobility focus areas.

    Policy TM-4.1     Complete streets network
    We maintain a network of complete streets that provide for the mobility of all users of all ages and all abilities, reflecting the context of the mobility focus areas.

    Policy TM-4.2     Complete streets improvements
    We evaluate the feasibility of installing elements of complete street improvements when planning roadway improvements in mobility focus areas, and we require new development to contribute to complete street improvements in mobility focus areas.

    Policy TM-4.3     Funding
    We partner with SBCTA, Caltrans, and local agencies to fund active transportation systems in the county.

    Policy TM-4.4     Transit access for residents in unincorporated areas
    We support and work with local transit agencies to generate a public transportation system, with fixed routes and on-demand service, that provide residents of unincorporated areas with access to jobs, public services, shopping, and entertainment throughout the county.

    Policy TM-4.5     Transit access to job centers and tourist destinations
    We support and work with local transit agencies to generate public transportation systems that provide access to job centers and reduce congestion in tourist destinations in unincorporated areas.

    Policy TM-4.6     Transit access to public service, health, and wellness
    In unincorporated areas where public transit is available, we prefer new public and behavioral health facilities, other public facilities and services, education facilities, grocery stores, and pharmacies to be located within one-half mile of a public transit stop. We prefer to locate new County health and wellness facilities within one-half mile of a public transit stop in incorporated jurisdictions. We encourage public K-12 education and court facilities to be located within one-half mile of public transit.

    Policy TM-4.7     Regional bicycle network
    We work with SBCTA and other local agencies to develop and maintain a regional backbone bicycle network.

    Policy TM-4.8     Local bicycle and pedestrian networks
    We support local bike and pedestrian facilities that serve unincorporated areas, connect to facilities in adjacent incorporated areas, and connect to regional trails. We prioritize bicycle and pedestrian network improvements that provide safe and continuous pedestrian and bicycle access to mobility focus areas, schools, parks, and major transit stops.

    Policy TM-4.9     Bike and pedestrian safety
    We promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety by providing separated pedestrian and bike crossings when we construct or improve bridges over highways, freeways, rail facilities, and flood control areas. We monitor pedestrian and bicycle traffic accidents and promote safety improvements in unincorporated high-accident areas.

    Policy TM-4.10   Shared parking
    We support the use of shared parking facilities that provide safe and convenient pedestrian connectivity between adjacent uses.

    Policy TM-4.11   Parking areas
    We require publicly accessible parking areas to ensure that pedestrians and bicyclists can safely access the site and onsite businesses from the public right-of-way.

  • Goal TM-5 Goods Movement

    A road, rail, and air transportation system that supports the logistics industry and minimizes congestion in unincorporated areas.

    Policy TM-5.1     Efficient goods movement network
    We advocate for the maintenance of an efficient goods movement network in southern California.

    Policy TM-5.2     Intermodal facility
    We support the development of an intermodal facility in connection with the Southern California Logistics Airport.

    Policy TM-5.3     High Desert Corridor
    We support the development of the High Desert Corridor to improve the regional goods movement network and foster economic development in the North Desert region.

    Policy TM-5.4     Grade separations
    We support grade separations to reduce conflicts between rail facilities and roadways, subject to available funding.

    Policy TM-5.5     Countywide truck routes
    We support SBCTA’s establishment of regional truck routes that efficiently distribute regional truck traffic while minimizing impacts on residents. We support funding through the RTP to build adequate truck route infrastructure.

    Policy TM-5.6     Unincorporated truck routes
    We may establish local truck routes in unincorporated areas to efficiently funnel truck traffic to freeways while minimizing impacts on residents.

    Policy TM-5.7     Trucking-intensive businesses
    We require trucking-intensive businesses to pay their fair share of costs to build and maintain adequate roads.

  • Goal TM-6 Airports

    A network of local and regional airports that meet regional and local aviation needs.

    Policy TM-6.1     Local airports
    We maintain County airports and coordinate with other local airports to provide general aviation services to residents and businesses throughout the county.

    Policy TM-6.2     Economic value
    We seek to maximize the economic development potential of County airports.

    Policy TM-6.3     Regional airports
    We advocate for expanded passenger and cargo service at regional airports.

    Policy TM-6.4     Airport land use compatibility
    We require proposed development in unincorporated areas to be consistent with applicable airport master plans, airport safety review areas, and military air installation compatible use zones. We may support proposed development in the influence area of County airports only when they are consistent with applicable airport master plans.

    Policy TM-6.5     Coordination on airport planning
    We collaborate with FAA, military installations, Caltrans Division of Aeronautics, airport owners, neighboring jurisdictions, and other stakeholders in the preparation, update, and maintenance of airport-related plans.