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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.

Final environmental, policy, and implementation released!

After years of analysis and public engagement, the Countywide Plan has reached an important milestone. The final documents suitable for use and consideration in public hearings have been released. These documents will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on September 17, 2020. Click here to see the Planning Commission meeting agenda.

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 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 Planning Commission and 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.

 

Revised Policy Plan, Land Use Plan, and Community Action Guides released for public review!

Between the 2018 regional meetings and April 2019, the County received hundreds of public comments on the draft policy and community planning documents. This public input led to additional research, discussions with key stakeholders, and direct revisions to the planning documents.

While many substantive changes were made, the County was not able to accommodate everyone’s requests — generally due to a conflict with state law, local policy, other community input, infrastructure capacity, and/or County direction.  Thank you to everyone who gave their thoughts and opinions, submitted written comments and requests, and/or provided new sources of information.

The latest version of the Policy Plan, including the policy maps and reference maps, and the Community Action Guides are the final draft plans that will be presented to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Although the County will continue to accept and respond to public comments regarding these documents, the most recent draft Policy Plan forms the basis for the analysis contained in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR); we are therefore restricted from making any significant changes to those planning documents. If County staff believe that, based on public comments, additional changes to the Policy Plan are warranted, then those changes will be brought forward in the staff report to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, along with an analysis of their impact on the DEIR.

Draft Policy Plan. Click here to access the revised Policy Plan, including updated policy language and maps (PDF and web-based).

Draft Land Use Plan. Click here to access the revised Land Use Plan, including land use categories and the land use map (PDF and web-based). On the web-based map, you can view areas of proposed change as a separate hatched layer.

Draft Community Action Guides. Click here to select your community and access the revised Community Action Guide, including updated language, status indicators, and additional potential actions.

Draft Community Plan Goals and Policies Matrix. Click here to select your community and access the revised Goals and Policies Matrix for those communities that currently have a 2007/2013 Community Plan.

Draft EIR coming soon! Another notice will be sent out when the Draft EIR is published for a 60-day public review period.

 

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

Click here for event information


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!

Draft documents released for public review!

Click on the links below to find draft documents released for public review.  These draft documents and more will be made available at an upcoming second round of Regional Open Houses in September.

County Policy Plan (Draft) released

Click here to learn more about the Draft County Policy Plan. After three years of outreach and analysis, the County is ready to release a draft County Policy Plan encompassing a broad set of goals, policies, and maps to guide the future of San Bernardino County.

Community Action Guides (Revised Draft)

Click here to visit your community’s web page and view the Revised Draft Community Action Guide. In October 2017, the County released public review draft community plans. In response to public comments, the plans were renamed Community Action Guides. This name change along with other revisions based on public input are incorporated in the 2018 Draft Community Action Guide.

Regional Open Houses (2nd Round)

Click here to learn more about the Open Houses. The County is hosting a second round of regional open houses in September. Open house materials are being added to the website throughout August so that the public can review material in advance of the meetings.  The meetings will also include a formal presentation and opportunities to provide feedback on draft goals and policies, community actions, the land use map, and more.

Revised Draft Land Use Map Available!

As part of the Countywide Plan, the County of San Bernardino is making maps simpler, streamlining minor land use changes, and protecting and informing the public on more substantial changes.  The County also made minor land use revisions based on the public’s input during the 2017 regional open houses and EIR scoping meetings.

Click here to view the map and more information.

Nine Regional Meetings | September 2018

Click here to download a PDF version of the event flyer.

The County is hosting a second round of regional open houses in September. Open house materials are being added to the website throughout August so that the public can review material in advance of the meetings. Please visit the Open House page for updates.

Nov. 20th deadline for comments on the EIR scope

Let us know what you think should be included.

The deadline is approaching for agencies and other members of the public to comment on the scope and content of the information and analysis to be included in the EIR.  See below for more information and some FAQs.

The 30-day comment period, as dictated by state law, began on October 17th and runs through November 20, 2017.  A formal scoping meeting was held on October 26, 2017.  Click here for related links and materials.

Please send your comments (via mail, e-mail, fax, or our online comment form) as soon as possible—and no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017.  

Your comments should be directed to:

Jerry L. Blum, Countywide Plan Coordinator
County of San Bernardino
Land Use Services Department
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Email: CountywidePlan@lus.sbcounty.gov

Fax: (909) 387-3223

Click Here to go to our online comment form.

Will the County extend the 30-day review and comment period?

No, the County does not plan on extending the 30-day period to receive comments on the proposed scope of the EIR.  The County is preparing a comprehensive EIR, which means that all 18 environmental topics included in the Appendix G CEQA Checklist will be addressed.  Additionally, the County and its consultants must start the technical studies as soon as possible to remain on schedule.

Will the County still accept comments beyond Nov. 20th?

Yes, the County will continue to accept comments throughout the preparation of the EIR.  However, comments on the NOP and scope of the EIR that are submitted after the 30-day review period may not be formally documented in the EIR.

Will there be other opportunities to comment on the EIR?

Yes, the County anticipates releasing the draft EIR around mid-2018.  The public review and comment period for the draft EIR will be a minimum of 45 days per state law.

North Desert Communities Plan / Action Guide

  • Introduction
  • Maps & Links
  • In 2016, the County embarked on a planning process to update the fourteen existing Community Plans and create over 30 new plans for approximately 80 unincorporated communities. The strategic system of community planning is called the Community Planning Continuum with a continuum of plan-types to provide planning tools and resources to match local conditions and needs. The plan-types are Detailed, Framework, Foundation and Fundamental.

    The North Desert Communities are Fundamental communities. An online survey was available for five months in early 2018. The survey requested information about communities including Values, Aspirations, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, local organizations and local history (see Appendix A). The survey information was reviewed to create this Community Action Plan. The Community Action Guides are a framework of actions identified by the community and supports implementation of the actions by the community.

    2019 Draft Community Action Guide

  • Material in this section will be added as it is completed with community input. Click on each item for more information and a link to download the material.


    • Maps

      Proposed Land Use Maps

      The proposed land use designations respond to both the community recommendations as well as information gathered during the countywide planning process.

          Draft County Land Use Map      PDF | Web

      Note: Use the Bookmarks feature in the upper right-hand corner of the web-based maps to quickly zoom to your community.

    • Related Links

          Draft County Policy Plan webpage      web

          Draft County Land Use Plan webpage      web


Share your thoughts!

You may use the feedback form below to submit your comments online.

You may also e-mail comments to CommunityPlans@lus.sbcounty.gov. or submit written comments by mail to:

County of San Bernardino
Land Use Services Department
385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187