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Countywide Plan Adopted!

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

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

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

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

COUNTYWIDE PLAN DOCUMENTS

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

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

POLICY PLAN

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

Click here to access the Draft Policy Plan.

BUSINESS PLAN

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES

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

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

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

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

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

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

POLICY PLAN

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

Click here to access the revised Draft Policy Plan.

BUSINESS PLAN

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES

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

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.

Library

This page provides links to documents, maps, and other materials that will or can be used for reference throughout the Countywide Plan. The Library also contains links to County, regional, and federal plans that may inform the Countywide Plan project. The list will be updated and added to from time to time.

2020 Public Hearing Draft Documents

2019 Draft Documents

2018 Draft Documents

Other Related County Plans and Documents

Statutes and Legislation

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Countywide Plan.  The information will be updated and added to from time to time.

If you don’t see answers to your questions on this page, want more information, or want to let us know what you think, send us an email.

Click on the links below to jump to an FAQ category and individual questions.

Fact Sheets

Countywide Plan

Community Planning

FACT SHEETS

Where can I download fact sheets about the effort?

Click below to download 2-page fact sheets to learn more about the Countywide Plan and the Community Plans.

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Countywide Plan 

Community Planning

FAQS ON THE COUNTYWIDE PLAN

Click below to see answers about the Countywide Plan.

  • What is the Countywide Plan?

    In 2010, the Board of Supervisors set out to establish a vision for the future of the county as a whole, and subsequently
    adopted a Countywide Vision in 2011 after two years of input from the community and the county’s 24 cities and
    towns. Following the adoption of the Countywide Vision, which calls for the creation of a “complete county”, the Board
    adopted the County paradigm and job statements in 2012.

    In 2015, San Bernardino County launched an effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general
    plan by creating a web-based comprehensive “complete county” plan.

    General plans are almost always strictly rule books for guiding development and growth. San Bernardino County’s
    General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive
    Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just
    land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated
    community. It will serve as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications.

    With a target adoption date of 2019, the Countywide Plan’s web-based format will provide a wealth of easily accessible
    data on how the County operates, and allow independent research using County data and information.

  • What are the components of the Countywide Plan?

    Driven by the Countywide Vision, the Countywide Plan will include:

    • County Policy Plan, which provides:
      • An update of the County’s General Plan addressing physical, social, and economic issues facing the unincorporated portions of the County.
      • An expansion of the County’s General Plan to address supportive services for adults and children, healthcare services, public safety, and other regional county services provided to both incorporated and unincorporated areas.
    • Community Planning Continuum, which will be a new system of community planning that articulates what is important to each community, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan.
    • A County Business Plan, which will contain governance policies and operational metrics that outline the County’s approach to providing municipal and regional services.
    • A Regional Issues Forum, which will be an online resource for sharing information and resources related to issues confronting the County as a whole, including the work of the Countywide Vision element groups.

    Additional supporting components will include:

    • An Outreach program, which will include online and in-person efforts:
      • A project website and other online engagement tools
      • Over 80 public meetings (workshops, briefings, study sessions, and hearings) with the general public and key stakeholders held throughout the unincorporated communities
      • Coordination with local, regional, state, and federal agencies and organizations
    • An Environmental Impact Report to provide environmental clearance for the County Policy Plan and facilitate streamlined CEQA review for future planning and development projects.
    • A number of Modeling Tools and Technical Studies, which will provide an understanding of potential implications of growth scenarios on the following topics:
      • Land use
      • Traffic
      • Economics
      • Fiscal
      • Biological, cultural and paleontological resources
      • Fire hazards
      • Storm water, hydrology, and water quality
      • Utilities, including water, wastewater, and water supply
      • Air quality and greenhouse gas emissions
      • Noise
  • What are the project objectives?

    INSTITUTIONAL

    • Countywide Vision and Collective Impact. A Plan that continues the County’s commitment to the Countywide Vision and a framework for investing the County’s time and resources in ways that yield greater returns, enhanced efficiencies, and more collective impact.
    • Institutional Ownership and Buy-In. A partnership with County staff so that the Plan truly belongs to the entire County organization upon adoption and benefits from staff insights during its preparation. The Countywide Plan will relate to the entire County organization and will not be solely a Land Use Services Department product.
    • Expanded General Plan. An expanded role of the General Plan that goes beyond typical land use and development services to incorporate policy direction for regional services in the context of ongoing operations and maintenance requirements.
    • Long and Short Term Linkages. A strong link between long term goals and short term decisions and implementation.
    • Strategic Public Investments. A framework for making strategic public investments and a system of continuous reflection and evaluation.

    PUBLIC

    • Trust. Increased trust with the public, jurisdictions, outside agencies, and those within the County organization through improved communication, transparency, and involvement.
    • Building Partnerships. The identification, building, and refinement of public and private partnerships to create a more complete county.
    • CPC Integration. A seamlessly integrated continuum of community plans in the County Policy Plan.
    • Technology. Use of technology that makes information more accessible, scalable, and adaptable.
    • Opportunities and Expectations. Participation and involvement by various public and private entities that will identify many opportunities while managing expectations regarding the Countywide Plan and County commitments.

    TOOLS

    • Web-Based Gramework. A web-based framework that is dynamic, flexible, and based on user needs.
    • Tracking and Geedback. A tracking and feedback mechanism that can grow and expand in functionality and
      complexity alongside the County’s institutional capacity and needs.
    • Countywide GIS Platform. A coordinated GIS platform for the entire County organization that is effective, efficient, stable, flexible, and dynamic.
    • Best Practices and Continuous Improvement. The use of organizational best practices and a system of continuous improvement.
    • Streamlining CEQA. A programmatic environmental impact report that facilitates tiering and streamlining for future development projects that are consistent with the Countywide Plan.

    REGIONAL

    • Competing as a Collective Whole. A collective positioning of the entire county (unincorporated municipality, regional services, incorporated jurisdictions, and unincorporated communities) to compete in regional, state, western U.S., national, and international markets.
    • Regional Coordination and Solutions. Regional coordination that capitalizes on a shared Countywide Vision, despite a vast diversity of geography and communities, to craft regional solutions to regional issues.
    • Repository for Informed Decisions. A platform of tools and information that offer insight into the regional data and implications for use in the decisions of local jurisdictions, agencies, and organizations.

FAQS ON COMMUNITY PLANNING

Click below to see answers about Community Planning.

  • What is Community Planning?

    The purpose of Community Planning is to guide the future use, character and independent identity of our communities. The County is working with residents and stakeholders to identify how to maintain and improve the quality of life in unincorporated communities through updated goals, policies, mapping, and implementation guides. The resulting plans, guides, and maps will be implemented by County government, community residents, local stakeholders, and/or service providers.

  • Don't we already have a Community Plan? What's changing?

    2007/2013 Community Plans. In 2007, in conjunction with an overall revision to the County’s General Plan, the County adopted 13 Community Plans to guide future growth and development in select unincorporated communities while maintaining their distinct character and sense of identity.  A fourteenth Community Plan was adopted in 2013 for the Oak Hills Community.  These 14 Community Plans contain goals and policies that augment the County’s overall General Plan and attempt to address unique issues and concerns facing each community.

    Consolidation of Community Goals and Policies. The 2007 General Plan, including the 14 Community Plans, contains over 400 goals and 1,700 policies (over 250 goals and 1,000 policies in the Community Plans alone). This is an incredibly large number of goals and policies to review—for members of the public, County staff, and decision makers—when evaluating potential projects, improvements, and other changes. The large number of goals and policies also creates potential problems when trying to maintain consistency between and avoid redundancy among the General Plan and Community Plans.

    Accordingly, the County is proposing to update and consolidate goals and policies from both the overall 2007 General Plan and the 2007/2013 Community Plans into a single source of policy direction called the County Policy Plan.

    Transition from Community Plans to Community Action Guides. As part of the Countywide Plan preparation, the County took a fresh look at the purpose, functionality, and cost implications of Community Plans. The County was able to eliminate a substantial amount of redundancy and resolve consistency issues by consolidating all goals and policies into one Policy Plan. The County was also able to expand the application of key goals and policies beyond singular communities to help guide multiple communities and regions.

    However, the County determined that it does not have the financial resources to implement many of the policies in the current Community Plans without potentially compromising existing local and regional levels of service. The updated goals and policies guide and improve the county while remaining fiscally sustainable.

    In addition to updated goals and policies, the County prepared draft Community Plans containing hundreds of grass-roots tools, actions, and strategies—shaped by over two years of public outreach. Public feedback led to the renaming of the documents from “Community Plans” to “Community Action Guides”, which more accurately reflects their purpose and content. The Community Action Guides also include updated information on each community’s background, character, issues, values, and aspirations provided by the community.

  • How did the County update existing Community Plan goals and policies? Where did they go?

    2007/2013 Policy Matrix. To enable residents to better understand how the County addressed the existing Community Plan goals and policies in the County Policy Plan and elsewhere, the County created a Policy Matrix for each current Community Plan that lists each goal and policy from the current Community Plan and where it will be addressed in the future:

    • Policy Plan: the location for updated goals and policies that apply to unincorporated areas
    • Implementation Plan: the location for actions to be undertaken by the County to implement the Countywide Plan (to be released in 2019)
    • Community Action Guide: the location for actions to be undertaken by community members, in coordination with the County
    • Development Code: detailed standards or regulations that are already addressed in the Development Code or can be considered in the upcoming Development Code update
    • Other: those issues, goals, policies, or actions that have already been accomplished, are outdated, or are no longer a community priority

    Where to find the 2007/2013 Community Plan Policy Matrix. If you have a 2007 or 2013 Community Plan, you will find the Policy Matrix on the same web page as your community’s draft Community Action Guide.

    The County also created a graphic to illustrate where the existing Community Plan content will be found in the updated Community Action Guides and updated and expanded County Policy Plan.

    To see if your community has an existing plan that will be updated, or to see if a new Community Action Guide will be created for your area, click here to visit the main Community Planning portion of the website.

  • What are Community Action Guides?

    The Community Action Guides provide action-oriented direction for each community to remain and become the type of community that current and future residents desire. The Guides include Action Plans that place a focus on self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation, allowing the community to take the lead in moving actions forward. Furthermore, the Guides frame these potential actions in a set of community-driven values and aspirations generated through three years of outreach involving thousands of residents in over 70 communities.

    The Guides will also link to a Community Development Toolkit to help residents engage in self-help and/or partnership activities that will facilitate the changes they would like to see in their community.

    As stated elsewhere, the Community Action Guides and the County Policy Plan combined will replace the 2007/13 Community Plans. The Community Action Guides focus on community-led implementation, while goals and policies are now located in the broader Policy Plan.

  • How will I be able to find what goals and policies are unique to my community?

    All goals and policies will be tagged and searchable on the Countywide Plan website to make it easier to find content applicable to your topic or area of interest.

  • What is the Community Planning Continuum?

    The Community Planning Continuum (CPC) is an all-new system of community planning that will guide local expectations for County services and set a clear direction for the future of our unincorporated communities. The CPC will consist of updates to existing plans, goals, policies, and maps as well as the creation of new action-oriented guides and tools. The CPC will be implemented by both County government (Policy Plan and Implementation Plan) and community residents and stakeholders (Community Action Guide and Community Development Toolkit). The resulting plans, guides, maps, and tools will be web-based, living documents that will be updated regularly to reflect progress and change. The CPC will include a hierarchy of community planning areas (CPAs – see below) that will ensure that planning details, tools, and resources match the conditions and needs of each community:

    • Detailed CPAs. Includes communities that contain, or have the potential for, a variety of housing opportunities and supporting uses, such as commercial and industrial businesses, schools, a library, parks and recreation facilities, and religious and civic organizations.
    • Framework CPAs. Includes communities that are primarily characterized by single-family residential properties and a limited number of supporting uses, such as a school, post office, and commercial businesses.
    • Foundation CPAs. Includes communities that are primarily characterized by single-family residential properties. Residents of these communities typically drive to nearby towns or cities for employment, shopping, entertainment, education, and recreation opportunities.
    • Fundamental CPAs.  Includes communities that are primarily characterized by open space or farmland with a scattering of residential homes and/or highway commercial uses, or an area where growth is constrained by adjacent land ownership, such as federal lands and state lands.
  • How does Community Planning relate to the Countywide Plan?

    Driven by the Countywide Vision, the Countywide Plan is a comprehensive strategic plan that will guide the County’s future. One component of the Countywide Plan is the creation of a Policy Plan that updates the County’s existing General Plan for unincorporated areas and expands policy direction to address regional issues and services for the entire county.

    The Community Action Guides will update and replace the existing Community Plans, with a greater focus on action and implementation. The policy direction found in the existing Community Plans will be placed into the overall County Policy Plan. Both the Policy Plan and Community Action Guides will be web-based, allowing for policy direction and implementation to be applied at multiple scales (e.g., Valley Region and Bloomington), and topics (e.g., land use compatibility, health and wellness, and trails).

  • How long will the Community Planning process take?

    The process for Community Planing will occur over the span of approximately three years, with targeted public engagement taking place in specific community planning areas over the span of approximately 6 to 10 months, along with two rounds of regional outreach (round 1 in 2017 and round 2 in 2018).

  • Will the land use designation (zoning) of my property change?

    Overall, the majority of changes to privately-owned land will be considered in Detailed Community Planning Areas (CPAs) based on community and property owner input.  The County will also be considering minor changes to properties throughout the unincorporated county to more accurately reflect existing land use and ownership.

    Map of Draft Proposed Changes. To see if your property is identified for a potential change in land use, click on the following link to view the Proposed Land Use Web Map. This link will take you to an interactive map where you can search for a property by street address or Assessor’s Parcel Number, change the background (e.g., aerial vs street map), turn information on and off, and click on an area or parcel to see the current land use district and proposed land use category.

    Proposed Land Use Categories. The County’s current Land Use District (LUD) system serves as its Zoning and Policy map (aka, a one-map system). The County is proposing to transition to a two-map system that retains the current LUD system as Zoning Districts and introduces a second land use mapping system that groups the current LUDs into simplified Land Use Categories (LUCs).

    While the Draft Land Use Plan may look different because of the introduction of simplified LUCs, the vast majority of areas retain the same intent, nature, and development potential as under the currently adopted Land Use Plan.

    Click on the following link to view an interactive Proposed Land Use Categories story map and learn more about the Proposed Draft Land Use Categories, including density/intensity, primary purpose, typical uses, implementing Land Use/Zoning District, and locations throughout the unincorporated county.

  • How can I help my community obtain improvements, such as paved roads and parks?

    The primary way is to become and stay engaged with the community planning process and join others in implementing the Community Action Guides.

    Additionally (coming in 2019), the County will prepare a Community Development Toolkit to supplement the Community Action Guides and help residents engage in self-help and/or partnership activities that will facilitate the changes they would like to see in their community.  Toolkits will include guidance and information links on a wide range of community improvement and development issues, such as:

    • How to create a nonprofit community development corporation
    • Guidelines for organizing a farmers market
    • Methods, tools and process for establishing and maintaining a community park
    • Process for creating a special district for landscaping, street lights, roads, etc.

Project Schedule

The Countywide Plan is scheduled to be developed over a period of approximately four years, followed by a fifth year of focused implementation and refinement.  See below for a status of activities both past, current, and planned, and for graphic timelines of the outreach and the overall schedules.

SCHEDULE STATUS


  • 2015-2016 | Launching the Countywide Plan & Community Plans

    During the first year of the project, the County focused on launching the project, building awareness, and gathering information from the public, County staff, and outside organizations.  Additionally, the County initiated the first Community Plan update (Bloomington) to serve as a pilot process for the other Community Plans.

    Key tasks:

    • Project kick-off
    • Establish project protocols and structure
    • Understand existing conditions
    • Build public awareness
    • Coordinate with local, regional, state, and federal agencies
    • Gather data and user needs
    • Pilot Community Plan


  • 2016-2017 | Community and Land Use Planning

    In 2016, the County conducted outreach for more than two dozen communities. From this input and additional outreach and analysis, the County began to draft a land use plan for the entire unincorporated county.  During this time, the County also developed growth, traffic, and fiscal models to help understand the options and trade-offs related to potential decisions and policies about land use, infrastructure, and other resources.

    Key tasks:

    • Initiate public workshops
    • Conduct growth scenario modeling
    • Design web-based platform


  • 2017-2018 | Policy Plan, Tech Studies, Business Plan & Web Development

    Efforts in 2017 focused on finalizing the draft land use plan based on the results of the scenario modeling and drafting Community Plans.  The County also led regional open houses to obtain public feedback and input from throughout the entire county (communities, agencies, businesses, and organizations).  In early 2018, efforts began to transition to preparing municipal and regional policies and analyzing the potential environmental impacts of the Countywide Plan.  An additional round of regional meetings was conducted to engage with the public on the Draft Policy Plan.  Later in the year, the County initiated a Business Plan to make internal County operations more effective and align decisions with the budget.

    Key tasks:

    • Evaluate and draft municipal and regional policies
    • Finalize scenario model and land use plan
    • Community and regional outreach
    • Initiate environmental assessment and technical studies
    • Draft Community Plans
    • Initiate Business Plan
    • Initiate fiscal model
    • Align future investments with implementation
    • Design web-based user interface and database architecture


  • 2019-2020 | Adoption & Implementation

    Adoption is targeted for the second half of 2019 after a final series of public review meetings and hearings.  Additionally, a primary objective is to make information more accessible to both County staff and communities. To this end, the County is developing a website dedicated to the review and ongoing implementation of the Countywide Plan. The County will begin to implement the Plan, create partnerships, track progress, and make adjustments based on initial feedback.

    Key tasks:

    • Finalize Policy Plan, EIR, Community Planning, and Business Plan
    • Refine and test web-based framework
    • Adopt and launch Countywide Plan
    • Activate partners and refine implementation
    • Complete and evaluate tracking and feedback system
    • Establish work plan for fiscal year 2019/20
    • Maintain and update web-based framework


OUTREACH SCHEDULE

The outreach opportunities scheduled over the next two years for the Countywide Plan are intended to continue the conversation with the community and stakeholders as we create the tools and resources to shape and guide the County’s future.

Click here for a one-page (11″x 17″) timeline of the County’s planned outreach with the community during the preparation of the Countywide Plan and Community Plans.  Please note that this timeline is intended for general guidance and is subject to change.  For the latest dates, times, and locations of meetings, please visit the Meetings and Events page.


OVERALL SCHEDULE

Click here for a simplified, one-page project schedule (PDF), including a list of primary objectives and major tasks. This schedule is subject to change and the information presented below and in the PDF schedule is intended for general guidance. For updated information, please email the County at: CountywidePlan@lus.sbcounty.gov.


About the Countywide Plan

A BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE

The Countywide Plan will be a comprehensive guide for future decision-making on a wide range of local and regional issues and services.  The image below depicts a snapshot of potential topics that may be addressed in the Countywide Plan.  (* The Housing and Renewable Energy & Conservation Elements began in advance and independently of the Countywide Plan. These elements will be incorporated at adoption.)

Fact Sheets & Photo Gallery

Click below to download 2-page fact sheets to learn more about the Countywide Plan and the Community Plans.  You can also view a photo gallery of the county’s dynamic and beautiful unincorporated communities.

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Countywide Plan 

Community Plans

Photo Gallery

Schedule

The Countywide Plan is scheduled to be developed over a period of approximately 3 years, followed by a 4th year of focused implementation and refinement.

Click here to see more information about the project schedule, including a list of primary objectives and major tasks.

FAQs

Have questions?  Click here to find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Countywide Plan.  The information will be updated and added to from time to time.

If you don’t see answers to your questions, want more information, or want to let us know what you think, send us an email.

Library

This online library  provides links to documents, maps, and other materials that will or can be used for reference throughout the Countywide Plan update process.

Explore project reference materials here.

A HISTORY OF CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

Your Input Matters!

A project of this magnitude requires coordination and input from the people that will be affected by it most. No one knows the County better than you! As community experts, your local insights, observations, and ideas are valuable to us as we undertake various Countywide Plan tasks.

Over the past five years, the County has made it a priority to engage with the public on a variety of projects such as the ones listed below. As a result of these combined efforts, over 5,000 people have shared their ideas with the County during meetings, workshops, and via surveys.

Connecting with the Community

The outreach opportunities scheduled between 2016 and 2020 for the Countywide Plan are intended to continue the conversations started in 2010 to shape and guide the County's future.

Click here to learn more.

Library (old)

This page provides links to documents, maps, and other materials that will or can be used for reference throughout the Countywide Plan. The Library also contains links to County, regional, and federal plans that may inform the Countywide Plan project. The list will be updated and added to from time to time.

Countywide Plan Newsletters

Newsletter #1 (May 2016)

Newsletter #2 (December 2017)

Countywide Plan Background Reports

Biological Resources – Existing Conditions

Biological Resources – Key Points

Supplemental Summary Tables for the Draft Biological Constraints Layer

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Countywide Plan Preliminary Issues Matrix

Environmental Justice

Land Use Background Report

Military Background Report

Regional Services Background Report

Safety

Transportation – Existing Conditions Report

Transportation – Future Transporation Network Improvements, Opportunities, and issues in San Bernardino County

Transportation – SB 743 Implementation Thresholds – Alternative Threshold Guidance

Water, Wastewater, and Hydrology Existing Conditions Report

County Maps and Data

Zoning and Overlay Maps

Map of 2017 Boundaries: regions, supervisorial districts, cities, towns, spheres of influence, and community plans

Map of 2017 Boundaries: cities, towns, spheres of influence, and community plans

2007 General Plan and EIR (incl. updates)

2007 General Plan

2007 General Plan Environmental Impact Report and Appendices (partial, 33 MB); Appendices E through K are General Plan Background Reports (see links below)

2007 General Plan Background Reports

(Each link above is a .zip file that includes the background report, figures and appendices, unless otherwise noted)

2007/13 Community Plans (adoped as part of the 2007 General Plan)

2013-2021 Housing Element (adopted 2014)

Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (adopted Aug 2017, amended Feb 2019)

Other Related County Plans and Documents

Countywide Vision

2016-17 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (FEMA approved 2017)

2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan (adopted 2011)
GHG Emissions Reduction Plan
GPA/Final SEIR Vol. 1
GPA/Draft SEIR Vol. 2
Development Review Processes (2015)

Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans

Community Indicators Reports (website, annual report links below)
2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

2015-2020 Community Vital Signs Community Transformation Plan

2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Annual Action Plan

2017 Local Agency Management Program for Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

2013 Community Vital Signs Data Report

For additional information, visit the County’s website

County Budget Information

Recommended and Adopted Budgets

Statutes and Legislation

CEQA Statutes and Guidelines

Public Resources Code, Division 13

CEQA Statutes and Guidelines

Recent Legislation

Senate Bill 743 (Alternative Vehicle Metrics)

Assembly Bill 52 (Tribal Resources in CEQA)

Senate Bill 379 (Climate Adaptation and Resiliency)

Senate Bill 1000 (Environmental Justice)

2017 Legislative Housing Package 

Existing Regional Plans and Studies

[WORKING ADMIN DRAFT Dec 2018] San Bernardino County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (Public Review Draft expected late 2019/early 2020)

2016 Southern California Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy

2014 San Bernardino Associated Governments San Bernardino County Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Plans

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Studies

Omnitrans Transit Plans, Reports, & Guidelines

San Bernardino County Partnership for Renewable Energy & Conservation (SPARC) Forum

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

Big Bear Valley Pedestrian, Bicycle and Equestrian Master Plan

Rim of the World Active Transportation Plan

Morongo Basin Active Transportation Plan (in process)

Morongo Basin Conservation Priorities Report

South Coast Wildlands: A Linkage Network for the California Deserts

Existing Federal Plans

2016 US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

2005 US Department of Agriculture Forest Service San Bernardino National Forest Land Management Plan

2004 US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management West Mojave Plan

2002 US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Coordinated Management Plan

2002 US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management Northern and Eastern Mojave Plan

2002 US Department of Interior National Park Service Death Valley National Park General Management Plan

2002 US Department of Interior National Park Service Mojave National Preserve General Management Plan

 

2018 Draft Documents

Policy Plan
Draft County Policy Plan (August 2018) |  PDF download

Policy Maps
Land Use Element policy maps (PDF)

Infrastructure & Utilities Element policy maps (PDF)

Transportation & Mobility Element policy maps (PDF)

Natural Resources Element policy maps (PDF)

Hazards Element policy maps (PDF)

Personal & Property Protection Element policy maps (PDF)

Economic Development Element policy maps (PDF)

Health & Wellness Element policy maps (PDF)

2018 Community Action Guides

 Bloomington 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Mentone 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Muscoy 2018  Draft Community Action Guide

San Antonio Heights 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Bear Valley 2018 Draft Communities Action Guide

Crest Forest 2018 Draft Communities Action Guide

Hilltop 2018 Draft Communities Action Guide

Lake Arrowhead 2018 Draft Communities Action Guide

Oak Glen 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Wrightwood 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Angelus Oaks 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Lytle Creek 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

 Mt. Baldy 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Helendale 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Joshua Tree 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Lucerne Valley 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Phelan/Pinon Hills 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Baker 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Homestead Valley 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Morongo Valley 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Oak Hills 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Daggett 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

El Mirage 2018  Draft Community Action Guide

Newberry Springs 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Oro Grande 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Pioneertown 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Yermo 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

East Desert 2018 Draft Communities Action Guide

Wonder Valley 2018 Draft Community Action Guide

Policy Matrices

Oak Hills Policy Matrix for your community’s 2013 Community Plan

Phelan/Pinon Hills Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Morongo Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Muscoy 2019 Revised Draft Community Action Guide

Lytle Creek Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Oak Glen Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Joshua Tree Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Lucerne ValleyPolicy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Homestead Valley Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

Bear Valley Communities Policy Matrix for your community’s 2007 Community Plan

2017 Regional Open House Materials

NOTE: A second open house was hosted in September 2018. For updated materials, please see the Open House Page.

Orientation

2017 Regional Open House Flyer

2017 Regional Open House Orientation Slide Show

Policy Issues
Countywide Policy Issues
Full Size Download
Easy to Read Download

Valley Policy Issues

Mountains Policy Issues

Desert Policy Issues

Land Use
Unincorporated County Land Use
Oct 2017 Proposed Land Use Map
Oct 2017 Growth Forecast

Valley Land Use
Bloomington
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Mentone
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes

Muscoy
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes

Mountains Land Use
Bear Valley Communities
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Crest Forest Communities
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Hilltop Communities
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Lake Arrowhead Communities
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Oak Glen
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes

Desert Land Use
Apple Valley Sphere of Influence
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes

Helendale
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Joshua Tree
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes
Oct 2017 Potential Overlay Zoning Maps

Lucerne Valley
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes

Phelan/Pinon Hills
Oct 2017 Potential Land Use Changes

2017 Community Action Guides

Bloomington 2017 Public Review Draft

Mentone 2017 Public Review Draft

Muscoy 2017 Public Review Draft

San Antonio Heights 2017 Public Review Draft

Bear Valley 2017 Public Review Draft

Crest Forest 2017 Public Review Draft

Hilltop 2017 Public Review Draft

Lake Arrowhead 2017 Public Review Draft

Oak Glen 2017 Public Review Draft

Wrightwood 2017 Public Review Draft

Angelus Oaks 2017 Public Review Draft

Lytle Creek 2017 Public Review Draft