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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

[Update: the final adopted documents were posted to countywideplan.com in December and incorporated minor adjustments directed by the Supervisors during the adoption hearing.] You can visit the Library section of the Countywide Plan for links to download all of these documents (including past draft documents), or read below for more information and individual links.

  • Policy Plan
  • Business Plan – Governance Element & Implementation Plan
  • Community Action Guides
  • 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 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 Governance Element and 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.

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.

 

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.

New Surveys for Framework & Foundation Community Plan Workshops!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Take Survey #3 from the Detailed Community Plan Workshops

The County of San Bernardino recently hosted a series of public workshops as part of the Countywide Plan and Community Plan Update efforts. In order to allow additional input, we are providing this survey of the same questions posed in person to attendees during Workshop #3.

Click here to take a survey if you were unable to attend the workshop in your community, or attended the workshop and had additional thoughts you wanted to share with us. Responses to this survey will be considered alongside the input we received for each community during Workshop 3.

The survey will remain open until September 16, 2016.

Para la traducción en español de esta encuesta, por favor, llame al 909-387-8311.