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Eight Regional Meetings | October 2017

Download PDF version of the event flyer here .

Open House Events


The County is hosting eight open houses in October:

1. Yucaipa
October 4th | 10 AM to 1 PM

Yucaipa Community Center
34900 Oak Glen Road
Yucaipa, CA 92399

2. Crestline
October 4th | 5 to 8 PM

San Moritz Lodge
24640 San Moritz Drive
Crestline, CA 92325

3. Barstow
October 5th | 4:30 to 7:30 PM

Barstow Senior Citizen Center
555 Melissa Avenue
Barstow, CA 92311

4. Rialto
October 6th | 11 AM to 3 PM

County Behavioral Health Department
850 E. Foothill Blvd
Rialto, CA 92376

5. Ontario
October 10th | 3 to 7 PM

Ontario Senior Center
225 E. B Street
Ontario, CA 91764

6. Joshua Tree
October 11th | 5 to 8 PM

Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Street
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

7. Hesperia
October 12th | 10 AM to 1 PM

Lime Street Community Center
16292 Lime Street
Hesperia, CA 92345

8. Big Bear Lake
October 12th | 5 to 8 PM

Big Bear Valley Senior Center
42651 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92314

 
 
Can’t attend one of these dates? Take the online survey here .

Open House Highlights


At each open house, the County will present progress on the Countywide Plan and discuss your thoughts on a variety of topics including:

  • Land use (current & proposed)
  • Draft Community Plans
  • Public safety & security
  • Economic & social resources
  • Health & wellness
  • Circulation & mobility
  • Natural resources & hazards
  • Public & social services
  • Environmental justice
  • Web-based maps
 

Open House Activities


Each regional open house will feature many ways to participate, including:

  • Complete surveys
  • Fill out comment cards
  • Review the proposed Land Use Plan
  • Review draft Community Plans
  • Explore web-based maps
  • Draw at the kids coloring station
  • Take pictures at the selfie station
 
 
 


These events are part of an ongoing outreach process that has included over 66 community meetings. Thank you for getting involved in improving your community and county!

Draft Detailed Community Plans now available for review!

See the results of your hard work.  Come take a look at this new resource for your community to steer its own course toward a better future.

In 2016 and 2017, over 1,700 people from over 50 communities embarked on a planning process to develop new system of Community Plans.

During 66 workshops, the public identified values, aspirations, ideas for action, and priorities unique to each community area.  The Community Plans include a set of actions that can be initiated by residents, businesses, property owners, local groups, etc. to improve their community.

Click here to download a PDF flyer about the Draft Detailed Community Plans and the public review process.

Draft Community Plans can now be viewed online for the communities listed below. Draft Framework and Foundation Plans will be available by October.

Public Feedback

Thank you for participating in the Community Plan update process!  After viewing your draft community plan, the County welcomes your feedback and comments submitted via:

  • Online through the submittal area on each draft community plan’s webpage
  • Email
  • Attendance at one of the Regional Open Houses scheduled for October 2017 (notice and flyer coming soon)
  • U.S. mail:
    County of San Bernardino
    Land Use Services
    Attn: Suzanne Peterson
    385 North Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
    San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187

Draft Lake Arrowhead Communities Plans

  • Introduction
  • Our Community
  • Our Aspirations
  • Our Action Plans
  • Maps & Links

  • Introduction

    Lake Arrowhead

    In 2016, the communities embarked on a planning process to develop a new Community Plan. Three public workshops were held over the course of the year. These workshops, open to any Lake Arrowhead resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the communities, the communities’ values, and what Lake Arrowhead aspires to be in the future. Plan participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the communities move forward to achieve their aspirations.

    The results are presented as the Public Review Draft Lake Arrowhead Communities Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
    Click here for a PDF version of the entire Public Review Draft Lake Arrowhead Communities Plan.

    • The Draft Communities Plan for Public Review

      The County is looking for public comments about this Public Review Draft Communities Plan. You may use the feedback form on this page to submit your comments online — look to the left or scroll down to the bottom depending on your device.

      In addition, you may e-mail comments to LakeArrowheadCP@lus.sbcounty.gov or submit written comments by mail to:

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

      This Draft Communities Plan was created by the community members who attended workshops, provided comments online or sent in written comments. It is written in the words of those participating in the public engagement process. Therefore, the communities’ plan retains the voice and future image of the communities presented by the community members participating in the public engagement process.

    • How to Use This Plan

      Purpose and Approach

      Overall, the Community Plans are a guide for communities to create the future character and independent identity, as identified in the workshops with community values and aspirations, through completion of a community action plan. As stated at the community workshops, the new Community Plans replace any existing 2007/2014 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan.

      The Community Plan is strategic in nature and provides clear Focus Statements and Action Statements identified by the community that led to creation of an action plan that can be implemented at the grass-roots level within each community. Some actions may require assistance by a County department, but the community will take the lead in moving the action forward, identifying funding or scheduling meetings or requesting information from specific County departments.

      Plan Organization

      The Community Plan is organized into three main sections, the community’s Values, community’s Aspirations, and Action Plans.

      VALUES – Those shared assets, principles, standards, mores and in the judgement of the community, what is important to the lives of its residents and businesses. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

      Community Values are listed under the Our Community tab.

      ASPIRATIONS– A written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Plan is fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. It is written as if the community’s desired changes have already occurred. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

      Community Aspirations are listed under the Our Aspirations tab.

      ACTION PLANS– The action plans consist of:

          • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
          • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
          • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

        The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

        Action Plans are listed under the Our Action Plans tab.

        The Plan as a Living Document

        The Community Plan and the Countywide Plan are designed to be web-based plans and therefore will be easily updated. The Community Plan is intended to be championed and implemented by the community. The Focus Statements and Action Statement within the plan were created through public engagement workshops by community participants.

        The plan is meant as a way to organize activities and provide overall direction to move the community forward. The plan should never be considered to be written in stone, but should be malleable as the needs of the community continue to change. Focus Statements and Action Statements should be changed and amended as Action Statements are completed or new priorities take their place.

        The Community should consider reviewing its plan annually to celebrate what was accomplished and make changes to the plan, as necessary, to ensure it is a relevant work plan. Communities should report back to the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department, Planning Division as they complete actions to ensure their plan is updated online with success stories included on their website and at least annually to ensure their action plans are updated reflecting completed actions. As communities complete their Action Plans, the County will determine when to revisit the community to expand or modify their action plans.

    • Relationship to the Countywide Vision and Countywide Plan

      Relationship to Countywide Vision

      The Community Plan’s values and goals are specific to. However, they are consistent with, build on, and contribute to the Countywide Vision.

      Relationship to Countywide Plan

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

      In 2015, the County of San Bernardino launched an effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general plan by creating a web-based comprehensive “complete county” plan. General plans are almost always strictly rule books for guiding development and growth. The County’s General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community.

      The Countywide Plan serves as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications. Its web-based format provides a wealth of easily accessible data on how the County operates, and allow independent research using County data and information.

      The Countywide Plan includes:

          • A County Policy Plan, which serves in part as the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas and also provides guidance for regional county services. The Policy Plan establishes goals and policies for the entire county as well as specific sub regions and communities.
          • A County Business Plan, which contains governance policies and operational metrics that outline the County’s approach to providing municipal and regional services.
          • A Regional Issues Forum, which is an online resource for sharing information and resources related to issues confronting the entire county.
          • A Community Plans Continuum, which articulates what is important to each Community, and for the most part, would be implemented by the Community. Links will also be provided for maps, goals, and policies in the Policy Plan.

    • Where Did the Goals, Policies, and Land Use Map for My Community’s Plan Go?

      The existing Community Plan content was used in the development of the new draft Community Plan and Countywide Plan. Goals and policies from the existing community plan, as well as proposed land use changes discussed during the community workshops, will be considered for inclusion in the County Policy Plan, a component of the Countywide Plan. The Land Use Map will be adopted as part of the County Policy Plan. The content of the draft Community Plan focuses on those actions identified by the community that the community is willing to take to make desired changes to their community. The County Policy Plan and the Community Plans will both be web-based, with adoption of the Countywide Plan in late 2018.

    • What is the Community Development Toolkit?

      The County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department is creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.





  • Our Community


      Lake Arrowhead

    • Who We Are

      The Lake Arrowhead communities consist of several mountaintop communities where residents enjoy a tranquil, small-town lifestyle and actively seek the protection and enhancement of the natural mountain environment. Although the slower pace is appreciated, outdoor recreation activities and an active lifestyle are also valued. Residents are actively involved in a variety of community service organizations, are well informed, and depend upon their neighbors. Residents and business owners take great pride in the unique tourist identity of the area, and enjoy positive relationships with tourists by understanding their importance to the local economy. Community members support the reuse of existing buildings, infill development, and revitalization to create a vibrant local economy and tourist industry that maintains the area’s economic well-being. Of primary focus is the attraction of families to the area by providing a vibrant local economy that encourages small local and home-based businesses, encouraging preservation of the natural environment, and providing park and recreational facilities and programs for all ages and abilities.

      Strengths and Opportunities

      Community workshops were conducted in each community as part of the engagement process. In addition, input was gathered through the Countywide Plan website. As part of the process, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud below was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises and served as part of the base information utilized to develop the Focus and Action Statements of the Community Plan. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the plan. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud. The full results of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats gathered as a part of the engagement process are found in the Community Profile.

      Lake Arrowhead Word Cloud

    • Community Values

      The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the community, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.

       

      Natural Mountain Environment

      Lake Arrowhead communities residents value the tranquil, small-town lifestyle and natural mountain beauty, including flora/fauna, wildlife, fresh air, clean water, and starry night skies, and proximity to the San Bernardino National Forest.
      High Quality of Life. Lake Arrowhead communities residents value a high quality of life, active lifestyle, and variety of recreation opportunities, while maintaining the slower pace and peacefulness the mountain communities offer.


      Outdoor Recreation

      Lake Arrowhead communities residents value outdoor recreation activities, including Lake Arrowhead, nearby skiing, sledding, snow play, hiking trails, and off-highway vehicles.


      Community Involvement

      Lake Arrowhead communities residents value their communities and are highly active and involved in community service organizations. Residents have a strong sense of community, are informed, and can depend on their neighbors.


      Positive Visitor Relationships

      Lake Arrowhead communities residents value visitors to the community as an important part of the local economy. They enjoy positive relationships with tourists and take great pride in the unique tourist identity of the area.

    • Community Profile

      The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Lake Arrowhead. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Lake Arrowhead Communities.

      Click here for a PDF version of the complete Communities Profile.




  • Our Aspirations

    Lake Arrowhead Workshop #2

    The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are fully implemented. This is a long term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Focus Statements and Action Statements.


    • 1. Thriving and Protected Natural Mountain Environment

      Residents support protection of the area’s natural environment and mountain character through education and activities, such as community-organized cleanups. Education programs are implemented for residents and visitors to ensure awareness of the importance of the natural environment and understanding of the ways to ensure its protection. The communities also a program to market the area as a unique tourist destination and attract businesses that capitalize on and protect the environment, such as ecotourism.


    • 2. Safe Communities

      Residents and property owners work with each other and the San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Department to improve safety within the communities. The need for additional services and equipment continues to be monitored, with services and equipment provided as appropriate. The communities also work with first responders in creating better mapping and directional street signs/markings to navigate the communities during times of emergency.


    • 3. Vibrant Local Economy

      Residents create a vibrant local economy and tourist industry that maintains the area’s economic well-being by supporting the reuse of existing buildings, infill development, and revitalization. Growth of small local businesses and home-based businesses are supported and encouraged. Of primary focus was the attraction and retention of families to the area. Parks and recreational facilities and programs are offered for all ages and abilities. The communities work with local employers, community organizations, and schools to market the area to young families.


    • 4. Improved Access and Transportation Alternatives

      Opportunities to reduce vehicular traffic in the area are reviewed, including a local shuttle/trolley system during peak visitor periods, a regional transportation system, and walking/hiking/cycling paths that connect community nodes and the larger mountain areas. Efforts to implement these alternative means of transportation are under way. The communities also work with the County of San Bernardino and neighboring communities to develop alternative and improved access to and through the mountain communities.




  • Our Action Plans

    Action Plans

    Click here for a PDF version of the compiled Public Review Draft Lake Arrowhead Action Plans.

    The Action Plans consist of:

          • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
          • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
          • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

    Focus Statements and Action Statements

    Each Focus Statement is listed below. The Action Statements display under the corresponding Focus Statement. Expanded discussions of each Action Statement are included in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

    The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

    Focus Statements


    • A. Preserve and enhance the unique environmental features of the Lake Arrowhead Communities and surrounding areas

      Action Statements

      A1. Coordinate with the local schools and other organizations to educate youth on the importance of the environment and its protection.

      A2. Identify incentives for landowners to maintain undeveloped property as open space.

      A3. Coordinate with Caltrans to identify opportunities to provide tunnels and wildlife corridors under or over roadways as well as incorporating requirements as part of the development review process.

      A4. Organize community members to participate in the development review process through public hearing meetings and reviewing and commenting on public documents.

      A5. Partner with environmental groups and associations to develop programs, activities, and educational materials that preserve and protect the natural environment.


    • B. Develop and improve parks and recreational facilities and services for all ages

      Action Statements

      B1. Identify recreation needs, including facilities and programs, by working with residents from all age groups and abilities.

      B2. Identify opportunities for joint-use of facilities with the school district to serve recreation needs.

      B3. Coordinate with the San Bernardino County Special Districts to identify improvements at MacKay Park, providing a wider range of age-appropriate facilities, including a senior exercise trail and ballfields.

      B4. Identify opportunities for a variety of recreational activities and amenities such as walking, hiking, horseback riding, biking, off-highway vehicles (OHVs), tennis courts, ballfields, and open space areas.


    • C. Provide quality educational opportunities at all levels

      Action Statements

      C1. Establish partnership for joint use of existing public school infrastructure with universities and junior colleges to provide expanded educational opportunities for residents.

      C2. Investigate the declining enrollment and quality of public schools in the mountain communities through community organizing and involvement.


    • D. Provide a thriving and vibrant local small business environment

      Action Statements

      D1. Encourage local ownership and investment of the Village.

      D2. Coordinate with Caltrans to enhance and change signage on I-215 from “Highland” to “Mountain Resort Communities” or another alternative wording that capitalizes on the mountain areas.

      D3. Establish mountain-wide regional collaborative relationships between employers and high schools and local public or local non-profit junior colleges such as San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College to offer low-cost credentialing and certification programs to increase educational opportunities for employees to gain job skills.

      D4. Coordinate with the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency (EDA) and Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce to expand strategies to improve communications with businesses and develop a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) program.

      D5. Coordinate with the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency (EDA) and Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce to establish a marketing plan with incentives to attract new businesses to the area.

      D6. Accommodate permanent residents by developing and implementing a marketing campaign to highlight the values of mountain living for young families focusing on education, family values, community, natural environment, and activities.

      D7. Establish a business appreciation program, including events, webinars, and awards.

      D8. Identify and develop entrepreneurial talent in coordination with existing programs at CSUSB through a coaching program and entrepreneur training program, known as “Economic Gardening”.

      D9. Equip the local Chamber of Commerce to be a one stop shop for help with regulatory permits, financing sources, and serve as ombudsperson with local agencies.

      D10. Partner with the County Economic Development Agency to offer incentive programs for new businesses that move into existing commercial and industrial locations.

      D11. Establish a marketing plan with incentives to encourage home-based businesses.


    • E. Provide economic development opportunities that capitalize on the natural environment, attract visitors, and provide entertainment for residents

      Action Statements

      E1. Establish a marketing strategy to promote the natural environment and associated activities to encourage of ecotourism businesses.

      E2. Investigate opportunities with the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, San Bernardino County Special District Department, US Forest Service, and other agencies as appropriate to provide amenities to support visitors to the area such as parking, restrooms, seating areas, open space, trails that connect key nodes/activity centers.

      E3. Encourage obtaining local designation status (or higher) of historic resources.


    • F. Improve resources to support seasonal visitors and tourist activities in the Lake Arrowhead communities

      Action Statements

      F1. Provide dumpsters and signage that encourages proper disposal of trash in high-traffic visitor areas.

      F2. Investigate opportunities to establish designated sledding areas with parking to avoid visitors establishing quasi-sledding and parking areas.

      F3. Provide signage, maps, and other informational materials that identify trails and amenities.

      F4. Provide programs and marketing materials that educate visitors on the natural environment and importance of its protection in order to foster responsible tourist behavior.

      F5. Establish an education campaign specific for visitors of the Deep Creek area regarding the safe and environmentally-sensitive use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) and hiking and snow play activities.

      F6. Provide centralized parking with shuttles and pedestrian paths that connect key commercial and recreational activity areas to reduce vehicle use and trips.

      F7. Partner with the US Forest Service to provide information materials and services focused on hiking trails, fire cutting permits, camping, and associated activities.


    • G. Improve public safety within the Lake Arrowhead communities

      Action Statements

      G1. Establish a neighborhood watch program that can be implemented throughout the communities.

      G2. Encourage community members to participate in the Citizens on Patrol Program coordinated through the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

      G3. Partner with the Sheriff’s Department, US Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, local safety experts, and insurance companies to educate property owners on securing homes and businesses.

      G4. Advocate with the US Forest Service to increase staffing and enforcement of forest lands.

      G5. Design and promote education materials to help residents understand what constitute potential code violations and how to report illegal dumping activities.

      G6. Advocate and coordinate with the County and emergency service providers to create better maps and directional street signs/markings to assist emergency drivers in navigating the communities.


    • H. Maintain roadway infrastructure and improve traffic flow and vehicle safety within the communities

      Action Statements

      H1. Coordinate with the County to identify needed roadway maintenance associated with tree roots.

      H2. Identify opportunities to improve safety and maintenance of private roads.

      H3. Investigate traffic safety at major intersections and turnouts/cutoffs.

      H4. Advocate with the County and Caltrans to regularly maintain public roadways and drainage infrastructure.


    Action Plan Matrices

    The Action Plan Matrix for each Action Statement listed above can be found in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

    How to Implement the Action Plans

    The Action Plans provide a general organization of the action steps necessary to implement each Action Statement. The Community may want to meet to identify the top three to five priority Action Statements to work on first. Some of these may be those actions that the community believes could be completed quickly and easily. Completion of one Action Statement will provide the community and local groups with the motivation to move forward with another Action Statement.

    Once an Action Statement is selected for implementation, the Community identifies a champion for that Action Statement to initiate activities, identify those responsible for carrying out action steps, identify and secure resources that will be required, and develop a timeline. While suggested champions and action steps are included in the plan document, each community should develop more specific assignments based upon available community resources such as volunteers, community groups and organizations. This step of planning for implementation is an important step necessary to help ensure successful implementation.

    Potential resources are identified for each Action Statement. These may be guides on implementation, case studies of how other communities have implemented similar projects, sources of potential external funding, and County agencies that can provide guidance and advice.

    The Action Plans are Not Set in Stone

    The Action Plans are to be used to guide community actions and are not “set in stone”. Champions and Action Leaders are suggestions, but your community has a better idea of the best Champion for individual actions. The Action process is a general set of tasks that can be modified by the Champion, Action Leaders and/or Action Teams to best fit your community. The community should feel free to make changes and find alternatives for completing actions.

    The Community Development Toolkit

    San Bernardino County Land Use Services is in the process of creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.



  • 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.

    Draft Crest Forest Communities Plan

    • Introduction
    • Our Community
    • Our Aspirations
    • Our Action Plans
    • Maps & Links

    • Introduction

      Crest Forest

      In 2016, the communities embarked on a planning process to develop a new Community Plan. Three public workshops were held over the course of the year. These workshops, open to any Crest Forest resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the communities, the communities’ values, and what Crest Forest aspires to be in the future. Plan participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the communities move forward to achieve their aspirations.

      The results are presented as the Public Review Draft Crest Forest Communities Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
      Click here for a PDF version of the entire Public Review Draft Crest Forest Communities Plan.

      • The Draft Communities Plan for Public Review

        The County is looking for public comments about this Public Review Draft Communities Plan. You may use the feedback form on this page to submit your comments online — look to the left or scroll down to the bottom depending on your device.

        In addition, you may e-mail comments to CrestForestCP@lus.sbcounty.gov or submit written comments by mail to:

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

        This Draft Communities Plan was created by the community members who attended workshops, provided comments online or sent in written comments. It is written in the words of those participating in the public engagement process. Therefore, the communities’ plan retains the voice and future image of the communities presented by the community members participating in the public engagement process.

      • How to Use This Plan

        Purpose and Approach

        Overall, the Community Plans are a guide for communities to create the future character and independent identity, as identified in the workshops with community values and aspirations, through completion of a community action plan. As stated at the community workshops, the new Community Plans replace any existing 2007/2014 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan.

        The Community Plan is strategic in nature and provides clear Focus Statements and Action Statements identified by the community that led to creation of an action plan that can be implemented at the grass-roots level within each community. Some actions may require assistance by a County department, but the community will take the lead in moving the action forward, identifying funding or scheduling meetings or requesting information from specific County departments.

        Plan Organization

        The Community Plan is organized into three main sections, the community’s Values, community’s Aspirations, and Action Plans.

        VALUES – Those shared assets, principles, standards, mores and in the judgement of the community, what is important to the lives of its residents and businesses. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

        Community Values are listed under the Our Community tab.

        ASPIRATIONS– A written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Plan is fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. It is written as if the community’s desired changes have already occurred. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

        Community Aspirations are listed under the Our Aspirations tab.

        ACTION PLANS– The action plans consist of:

            • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
            • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
            • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

          The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

          Action Plans are listed under the Our Action Plans tab.

          The Plan as a Living Document

          The Community Plan and the Countywide Plan are designed to be web-based plans and therefore will be easily updated. The Community Plan is intended to be championed and implemented by the community. The Focus Statements and Action Statement within the plan were created through public engagement workshops by community participants.

          The plan is meant as a way to organize activities and provide overall direction to move the community forward. The plan should never be considered to be written in stone, but should be malleable as the needs of the community continue to change. Focus Statements and Action Statements should be changed and amended as Action Statements are completed or new priorities take their place.

          The Community should consider reviewing its plan annually to celebrate what was accomplished and make changes to the plan, as necessary, to ensure it is a relevant work plan. Communities should report back to the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department, Planning Division as they complete actions to ensure their plan is updated online with success stories included on their website and at least annually to ensure their action plans are updated reflecting completed actions. As communities complete their Action Plans, the County will determine when to revisit the community to expand or modify their action plans.

      • Relationship to the Countywide Vision and Countywide Plan

        Relationship to Countywide Vision

        The Community Plan’s values and goals are specific to. However, they are consistent with, build on, and contribute to the Countywide Vision.

        Relationship to Countywide Plan

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

        In 2015, the County of San Bernardino launched an effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general plan by creating a web-based comprehensive “complete county” plan. General plans are almost always strictly rule books for guiding development and growth. The County’s General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community.

        The Countywide Plan serves as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications. Its web-based format provides a wealth of easily accessible data on how the County operates, and allow independent research using County data and information.

        The Countywide Plan includes:

            • A County Policy Plan, which serves in part as the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas and also provides guidance for regional county services. The Policy Plan establishes goals and policies for the entire county as well as specific sub regions and communities.
            • A County Business Plan, which contains governance policies and operational metrics that outline the County’s approach to providing municipal and regional services.
            • A Regional Issues Forum, which is an online resource for sharing information and resources related to issues confronting the entire county.
            • A Community Plans Continuum, which articulates what is important to each Community, and for the most part, would be implemented by the Community. Links will also be provided for maps, goals, and policies in the Policy Plan.

      • Where Did the Goals, Policies, and Land Use Map for My Community’s Plan Go?

        The existing Community Plan content was used in the development of the new draft Community Plan and Countywide Plan. Goals and policies from the existing community plan, as well as proposed land use changes discussed during the community workshops, will be considered for inclusion in the County Policy Plan, a component of the Countywide Plan. The Land Use Map will be adopted as part of the County Policy Plan. The content of the draft Community Plan focuses on those actions identified by the community that the community is willing to take to make desired changes to their community. The County Policy Plan and the Community Plans will both be web-based, with adoption of the Countywide Plan in late 2018.

      • What is the Community Development Toolkit?

        The County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department is creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.





    • Our Community

        Lake Gregory Education Center

      • Who We Are

        The Crest Forest communities consist of several small mountaintop communities where residents enjoy a slower pace of living and neighbors work together to foster a safe environment for families. The Crest Forest communities maintain a strong connection to the natural environment and value its preservation and enhancement, as well as the tourism and recreation opportunities it provides. Community members look to build upon their neighborly communities and promote them as a desirable place to raise a family by attracting full-time families with high quality educational opportunities at all levels, a strong business environment, enhanced natural environment with recreational facilities and activities, and improved public safety.

        Strengths and Opportunities

        Community workshops were conducted in each community as part of the engagement process. In addition, input was gathered through the Countywide Plan website. As part of the process, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud below was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises and served as part of the base information utilized to develop the Focus and Action Statements of the Community Plan. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the plan. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud. The full results of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats gathered as a part of the engagement process is found in the Community Profile.

        Crest Forest Word Cloud

      • Community Values

        The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the community, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.

         

        Natural Environment

        Crest Forest communities’ residents value their strong connection to the surrounding natural environment and take great pride in all of its elements, including the beauty and tranquility of the mountains, the abundance of plant and wildlife habitats, starry night skies, and fresh air.


        Outdoor Recreational Opportunities

        Crest Forest communities’ residents value outdoor recreation activities, including Lake Gregory; skiing, sledding, and snow play; walking/hiking trails, and access to off-highway vehicle areas that draw in visitors and are a source of pride and entertainment for residents.


        Independence and Small Town Community

        Crest Forest communities’ residents value their strong independence and the friendliness and involvement of residents, where neighbors know and help each other and work together to foster a safe environment for families.


        Local Living and Tourism

        Crest Forest communities’ residents value tourism and the financial benefits it brings to the communities. They cherish the small-town mountain character of their communities and work together to protect and enhance the natural resources of the area while supporting tourism.

      • Community Profile

        The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Crest Forest. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Crest Forest Communities.

        Click here for a PDF version of the complete Community Profile.




    • Our Aspirations

      Crest Forest Workshop #3

      The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are fully implemented. This is a long term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Focus Statements and Action Statements.


      • 1. Preserved Natural Environment and Quality of Life

        The quality of mountain life and the protection of the natural environment are critical to the Crest Forest communities. Residents and businesses continue to ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced and free of unsightly trash and litter. Community members actively participate in planning and development activities within the communities through participation in public meetings and support of development standards that maintain the mountain character and protect the natural environment.


      • 2. Strong Neighborly Communities That Attract Families

        Residents build on their strong neighborly communities by attracting full-time families with high quality education opportunities at all levels, quality employment opportunities, a strong business environment, and improved safety. Community groups, businesses, and local schools work together to improve and promote the Crest Forest communities as a desirable place to raise a family.


      • 3. Enhanced Recreational Facilities and Activities

        Our community works to expand affordable and accessible recreational facilities and activities for a variety of ages and abilities. Residents coordinate with the County and the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District to provide facilities and programming that are affordable and meet the needs of current and future residents. The communities also continue to explore opportunities for the joint use of facilities and taken advantage of unused spaces when possible.


      • 4. Improved Access and Transportation Options

        The communities work with the County of San Bernardino to develop alternative and improved access to and through the Crest Forest communities. Opportunities to reduce vehicular traffic in the area are explored, including a local shuttle/trolley system during peak visitor periods, a regional transportation system, and walking/hiking/cycling paths that connect community nodes. Efforts to implement these alternative means of transportation are implemented or determined to not be possible within the communities at this time.


      • 5. High Quality Education

        Residents seek out opportunities to improve primary and secondary education in the mountain communities in a widely supported effort to enhance the local school system. The communities work directly with local schools to foster a positive and collaborative relationship that prioritizes the needs of youth.


      • 6. Strong Business Environment

        Residents continue to support home-grown businesses and desire high quality employment opportunities within the mountain communities. The local Chamber of Commerce provides marketing activities that draw businesses and tourists to the area.




    • Our Action Plans

      Action Plans

      Click here for a PDF version of the compiled Public Review Draft Crest Forest Action Plans.

      The Action Plans consist of:

            • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
            • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
            • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

      Focus Statements and Action Statements

      Each Focus Statement is listed below. The Action Statements display under the corresponding Focus Statement. Expanded discussions of each Action Statement are included in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

      The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

      Focus Statements


      • A. Provide a unified downtown area that is active and thriving

        Action Statements

        A1. Provide additional public amenities such as restrooms, seating areas, open space areas, and lighted pedestrian paths, walkways, and crosswalks in the Lake Drive area.

        A2. Install improved lighting in public spaces to promote activity and deter crime.

        A3. Encourage property owners to maintain and improve their properties (e.g. new paint, façade improvements, trash/debris clean-up).

        A4. Construct sidewalks and additional or improved parking, to enhance safety and efficiency in business areas.

        A5. Coordinate and implement a clean-up program for the downtown/business district areas. Collaborate with the County to establish a consistent/compatible design theme for the downtown/business district areas.

        A6. Collaborate with the County to establish a consistent/compatible design theme for the downtown/business district areas.


      • B. Develop and improve parks and recreational facilities and services for all ages

        Action Statements

        B1. Identify recreation needs, including facilities and programs, by working with residents from all age groups and abilities.

        B2. Identify opportunities for joint-use of underused and vacant facilities to serve recreation needs.

        B3. Identify opportunities to incorporate bike trails within the communities.

        B4. Host family-friendly activities/events such as movie nights at Lake Gregory.

        B5: Identify centralized open space/community gathering areas for programming of community events.

        B6. Encourage locally-sponsored events by advocating with the County for a simplified and streamlined permit process.


      • C. Create affordable outdoor recreation activities that capitalize on the natural environment, attract visitors, and provide entertainment for residents while also reducing the associated impacts to the communities

        Action Statements

        C1. Provide dumpsters and signage that encourages property disposal of trash in high-traffic visitor areas.

        C2. Investigate opportunities to establish designated sledding areas with parking to avoid visitors establishing undesignated sledding and parking areas.

        C3. Provide signage, maps, and other informational materials that identify trails and amenities.

        C4. Develop programs and marketing materials that educate visitors on the natural environment and importance of its protection in order to foster responsible tourist behavior.

        C5. Encourage the establishment of ecotourism businesses.

        C6. Establish an annual Arts and Music Festival while supporting arts and music programs.


      • D. Provide a thriving and vibrant local small business environment

        Action Statements

        D1. Attract and retain permanent residents by developing and implementing a marketing campaign to highlight the values of mountain living for young families focusing on education, family values, community, natural environment, and activities.

        D2. Establish a marketing plan that focuses on the natural environment and existing tourist attractions and amenities, such as Lake Gregory Regional Park.

        D3. Establish a marketing plan with incentives to attract new businesses to the area.

        D4. Establish a marketing plan with incentives to encourage home-based businesses.

        D5. Establish regional collaborative relationships mountain-wide between employers and high schools and local public or local non-profit junior colleges such as San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College to offer low-cost credentialing and certification programs to increase educational opportunities for employees to gain job skills.

        D6. Initiate strategies to improve communications with business and develop a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) program.

        D7. Establish a business appreciation program, including events, webinars, and awards.

        D8. Identify and develop entrepreneurial talent in coordination with existing programs at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) through a coaching program and entrepreneur training program, known as “Economic Gardening”.

        D9. Equip the local Chamber of Commerce to be a one stop shop for help with regulatory permits, financing sources, and serve as ombudsperson with local agencies.


      • E. Improve public safety

        Action Statements

        E1. Establish a neighborhood watch program that can be implemented throughout the communities.

        E2. Encourage community members to participate in the Citizens Patrol Program coordinated through the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

        E3. Partner with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, United States Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, local safety experts, and insurance companies to educate property owners on securing homes and businesses.

        E4. Design and promote materials to educate about identifying and reporting illegal dumping activities.

        E5. Identify infrastructure improvements that would increase and improve access within and between the communities.


      • F. Provide quality education opportunities at all levels

        Action Statements

        F1. Establish mountain-wide partnerships for joint use of existing Public School infrastructure and junior colleges to provide expanded educational opportunities for residents.

        F2. Investigate the declining enrollment and quality of public schools for the mountain communities through community organizing and involvement that fosters dialogue and collaboration with the local schools.


      Action Plan Matrices

      The Action Plan Matrix for each Action Statement listed above can be found in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

      How to Implement the Action Plans

      The Action Plans provide a general organization of the action steps necessary to implement each Action Statement. The Community may want to meet to identify the top three to five priority Action Statements to work on first. Some of these may be those actions that the community believes could be completed quickly and easily. Completion of one Action Statement will provide the community and local groups with the motivation to move forward with another Action Statement.

      Once an Action Statement is selected for implementation, the Community identifies a champion for that Action Statement to initiate activities, identify those responsible for carrying out action steps, identify and secure resources that will be required, and develop a timeline. While suggested champions and action steps are included in the plan document, each community should develop more specific assignments based upon available community resources such as volunteers, community groups and organizations. This step of planning for implementation is an important step necessary to help ensure successful implementation.

      Potential resources are identified for each Action Statement. These may be guides on implementation, case studies of how other communities have implemented similar projects, sources of potential external funding, and County agencies that can provide guidance and advice.

      The Action Plans are Not Set in Stone

      The Action Plans are to be used to guide community actions and are not “set in stone”. Champions and Action Leaders are suggestions, but your community has a better idea of the best Champion for individual actions. The Action process is a general set of tasks that can be modified by the Champion, Action Leaders and/or Action Teams to best fit your community. The community should feel free to make changes and find alternatives for completing actions.

      The Community Development Toolkit

      San Bernardino County Land Use Services is in the process of creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.



    • 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.

      Draft Oak Glen Community Plan

      • Introduction
      • Our Community
      • Our Aspirations
      • Our Action Plans
      • Maps & Links

      • Introduction

        Oak Glen

        In 2016, the community embarked on a planning process to develop a new Community Plan. Three public workshops were held over the course of the year. These workshops, open to any Oak Glen resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Oak Glen aspires to be in the future. Plan participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the community move forward to achieve its aspirations.

        The results are presented as the Public Review Draft Oak Glen Community Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
         
        Click here for a PDF version of the entire Public Review Draft Oak Glen Community Plan.
         

        • The Draft Community Plan for Public Review

          The County is looking for public comments about this Public Review Draft Community Plan. You may use the feedback form on this page to submit your comments online — look to the left or scroll down to the bottom depending on your device.

          In addition, you may e-mail comments to OakGlenCP@lus.sbcounty.gov or submit written comments by mail to:

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

          This Draft Community Plan was created by the community members who attended workshops, provided comments online or sent in written comments. It is written in the words of those participating in the public engagement process. Therefore, the communitiy’s plan retains the voice and future image of the community presented by the community members participating in the public engagement process.

        • How to Use This Plan

          Purpose and Approach

          Overall, the Community Plans are a guide for communities to create the future character and independent identity, as identified in the workshops with community values and aspirations, through completion of a community action plan. As stated at the community workshops, the new Community Plans replace any existing 2007/2014 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan.

          The Community Plan is strategic in nature and provides clear Focus Statements and Action Statements identified by the community that led to creation of an action plan that can be implemented at the grass-roots level within each community. Some actions may require assistance by a County department, but the community will take the lead in moving the action forward, identifying funding or scheduling meetings or requesting information from specific County departments.

          Plan Organization

          The Community Plan is organized into three main sections, the community’s Values, community’s Aspirations, and Action Plans.

          VALUES – Those shared assets, principles, standards, mores and in the judgement of the community, what is important to the lives of its residents and businesses. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

          Community Values are listed under the Our Community tab.

          ASPIRATIONS– A written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Plan is fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. It is written as if the community’s desired changes have already occurred. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

          Community Aspirations are listed under the Our Aspirations tab.

          ACTION PLANS– The action plans consist of:

              • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
              • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
              • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

            The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

            Action Plans are listed under the Our Action Plans tab.

            The Plan as a Living Document

            The Community Plan and the Countywide Plan are designed to be web-based plans and therefore will be easily updated. The Community Plan is intended to be championed and implemented by the community. The Focus Statements and Action Statement within the plan were created through public engagement workshops by community participants.

            The plan is meant as a way to organize activities and provide overall direction to move the community forward. The plan should never be considered to be written in stone, but should be malleable as the needs of the community continue to change. Focus Statements and Action Statements should be changed and amended as Action Statements are completed or new priorities take their place.

            The Community should consider reviewing its plan annually to celebrate what was accomplished and make changes to the plan, as necessary, to ensure it is a relevant work plan. Communities should report back to the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department, Planning Division as they complete actions to ensure their plan is updated online with success stories included on their website and at least annually to ensure their action plans are updated reflecting completed actions. As communities complete their Action Plans, the County will determine when to revisit the community to expand or modify their action plans.

        • Relationship to the Countywide Vision and Countywide Plan

          Relationship to Countywide Vision

          The Community Plan’s values and goals are specific to. However, they are consistent with, build on, and contribute to the Countywide Vision.

          Relationship to Countywide Plan

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

          In 2015, the County of San Bernardino launched an effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general plan by creating a web-based comprehensive “complete county” plan. General plans are almost always strictly rule books for guiding development and growth. The County’s General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community.

          The Countywide Plan serves as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications. Its web-based format provides a wealth of easily accessible data on how the County operates, and allow independent research using County data and information.

          The Countywide Plan includes:

              • A County Policy Plan, which serves in part as the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas and also provides guidance for regional county services. The Policy Plan establishes goals and policies for the entire county as well as specific sub regions and communities.
              • A County Business Plan, which contains governance policies and operational metrics that outline the County’s approach to providing municipal and regional services.
              • A Regional Issues Forum, which is an online resource for sharing information and resources related to issues confronting the entire county.
              • A Community Plans Continuum, which articulates what is important to each Community, and for the most part, would be implemented by the Community. Links will also be provided for maps, goals, and policies in the Policy Plan.

        • Where Did the Goals, Policies, and Land Use Map for My Community’s Plan Go?

          The existing Community Plan content was used in the development of the new draft Community Plan and Countywide Plan. Goals and policies from the existing community plan, as well as proposed land use changes discussed during the community workshops, will be considered for inclusion in the County Policy Plan, a component of the Countywide Plan. The Land Use Map will be adopted as part of the County Policy Plan. The content of the draft Community Plan focuses on those actions identified by the community that the community is willing to take to make desired changes to their community. The County Policy Plan and the Community Plans will both be web-based, with adoption of the Countywide Plan in late 2018.

        • What is the Community Development Toolkit?

          The County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department is creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.





      • Our Community


          Oak Glen

        • Who We Are

          Oak Glen is a historic agricultural community nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains. With families who have lived in Oak Glen for generations, the community is very family oriented and focused on preserving their unique way of life. Oak Glen values the natural resources, agricultural traditions, and close-knit family values that make the community a special place. Oak Glen strives to promote responsible use and development of the land in the community by sharing their agricultural practices and traditions with visitors throughout the region. Concerned with keeping the community rural, residents and businesses seek to balance their way of life with the pressures of agritourism and the preservation of a rural mountain lifestyle.

          Strengths and Opportunities

          Community workshops were conducted in each community as part of the engagement process. In addition, input was gathered through the Countywide Plan website. As part of the process, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud below was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises and served as part of the base information utilized to develop the Focus and Action Statements of the Community Plan. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the plan. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud. The full results of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats gathered as a part of the engagement process are found in the Community Profile.

          Oak Glen Word Cloud

        • Community Values

          The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the community, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.

           

          Agricultural Roots

          Oak Glen residents value the agricultural history, culture, and traditions that help define the community.


          Rural Lifestyle

          Oak Glen residents value the community’s rural lifestyle and agricultural roots.


          Agritourism

          Oak Glen residents value the apple growing history and culture, and the benefits of the local agritourism industry.


          Community Spirit

          Oak Glen residents value a strong complementary sense of community, family, and neighborly attitude to help one another.


          Recreational Opportunities

          Oak Glen residents value the natural beauty, clean air, and recreational opportunities of the community’s mountain setting.


          Resiliency

          Oak Glen residents value community safety and resilience against natural hazards.


          Local Businesses

          Oak Glen residents value the locally owned business culture and the local businesses that help define the community.

        • Community Profile

          The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Oak Glen. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Oak Glen Community.

          Click here for a PDF version of the complete Community Profile.




      • Our Aspirations

        Oak Glen Workshop #1

        The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are fully implemented. This is a long term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Focus Statements and Action Statements.


        • 1. Tourism-Focused Growth

          Because of Oak Glen’s beautiful natural setting and unique position as one of the most well-known apple producing areas in the region, agriculture-based tourism continues to expand with enhanced marketing. Local producers create educational programs to share their knowledge with visitors and schools in the area. The agricultural heritage and success of the local apple orchards fuel economic growth around the industry, with restaurants and small locally owned shops focused on tourism.


        • 2. Knowledge of Historic Roots

          Through fundraising and volunteer efforts by local community groups, residents expand the Historic Oak Glen Schoolhouse Museum to include exhibits on the heritage of farming and rural living. The exhibits ensure that each new generation learns about the history of Oak Glen and why the community looks and functions the way it does. A new program of community events, sponsored primarily by local businesses, is successful in creating a sense of pride in the community’s historical roots.




      • Our Action Plans

        Action Plans

        Click here for a PDF version of the compiled Public Review Draft Oak Glen Action Plans.

        The Action Plans consist of:

              • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
              • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
              • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

        Focus Statements and Action Statements

        Each Focus Statement is listed below. The Action Statements display under the corresponding Focus Statement. Expanded discussions of each Action Statement are included in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

        The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

        Focus Statements


        • A. Preserve and enhance the rural agricultural character and setting of Oak Glen

          Action Statements

          A1. Encourage County identification and designation of important agricultural resources and collaborate to preserve these resources as historic landmarks.

          A2. Encourage traditional merit standards to fit the community’s agricultural and Americana-style identity to fit in with existing historic buildings and incorporate into County building standards.

          A3. Encourage existing and future agricultural production to support and expand the concept of a living historic museum that educates visitors about historic agricultural practices used within the community.


        • B. Ensure safe and effective mobility options that accommodate the community’s needs throughout the year

          Action Statements

          B1. Advocate and collaborate with the County to enhance public safety improvements along Oak Glen Road that reduce vehicular accidents/issues for pedestrians, local residents, and visitors.

          B2. Advocate for and seek funding to expand right-of-way improvements along Oak Glen Road that include additional travel/turn lanes, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and adequate parking spaces to meet peak demand.

          B3. Advocate for and seek funding to construct traffic calming improvements that increase safety for pedestrians and visitors along the busiest sections of Oak Glen Road.


        • C. Preserve and enhance the unique environmental features of Oak Glen including native wildlife, vegetation, and scenic vistas, while enhancing open space and recreational opportunities and amenities

          Action Statements

          C1. Establish a community-based education program for landscaping and vegetation maintenance and management.

          C2. Identify scenic vistas in the community that should be protected and enhanced, and develop educational kiosks to share key information about these resources with tourists to the area.

          C3. Enhance existing recreational facilities such as tent camp sites by bringing them up to code within Oak Glen to support continual use year round.


        • D. Promote economic development that compliments the rural agricultural character and natural setting of the Oak Glen community

          Action Statements

          D1. Enhance hospitality uses that allow overnight accommodations by promoting short-term rental opportunities and educating B&B and short-term rental owners on county regulations.

          D2. Advocate and collaborate with the County to develop community based standards for wedding venue priority areas and requirements to alleviate nuisance issues.


        Action Plan Matrices

        The Action Plan Matrix for each Action Statement listed above can be found in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

        How to Implement the Action Plans

        The Action Plans provide a general organization of the action steps necessary to implement each Action Statement. The Community may want to meet to identify the top three to five priority Action Statements to work on first. Some of these may be those actions that the community believes could be completed quickly and easily. Completion of one Action Statement will provide the community and local groups with the motivation to move forward with another Action Statement.

        Once an Action Statement is selected for implementation, the Community identifies a champion for that Action Statement to initiate activities, identify those responsible for carrying out action steps, identify and secure resources that will be required, and develop a timeline. While suggested champions and action steps are included in the plan document, each community should develop more specific assignments based upon available community resources such as volunteers, community groups and organizations. This step of planning for implementation is an important step necessary to help ensure successful implementation.

        Potential resources are identified for each Action Statement. These may be guides on implementation, case studies of how other communities have implemented similar projects, sources of potential external funding, and County agencies that can provide guidance and advice.

        The Action Plans are Not Set in Stone

        The Action Plans are to be used to guide community actions and are not “set in stone”. Champions and Action Leaders are suggestions, but your community has a better idea of the best Champion for individual actions. The Action process is a general set of tasks that can be modified by the Champion, Action Leaders and/or Action Teams to best fit your community. The community should feel free to make changes and find alternatives for completing actions.

        The Community Development Toolkit

        San Bernardino County Land Use Services is in the process of creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.



      • 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.

        Draft Bear Valley Communities Plan

        • Introduction
        • Our Community
        • Our Aspirations
        • Our Action Plans
        • Maps & Links

        • Introduction

          Big Bear Discovery Center

          In 2016, the communities embarked on a planning process to develop a new Community Plan. Three public workshops were held over the course of the year. These workshops, open to any Bear Valley resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the communities, the communities’ values, and what Bear Valley aspires to be in the future. Plan participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the communities move forward to achieve their aspirations.

          The results are presented as the Public Review Draft Bear Valley Communities Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
          Click here for a PDF version of the entire Public Review Draft Bear Valley Communities Plan.

          • The Draft Communities Plan for Public Review

            The County is looking for public comments about this Public Review Draft Communities Plan. You may use the feedback form on this page to submit your comments online — look to the left or scroll down to the bottom depending on your device.

            In addition, you may e-mail comments to BearValleyCP@lus.sbcounty.gov or submit written comments by mail to:

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

            This Draft Communities Plan was created by the community members who attended workshops, provided comments online or sent in written comments. It is written in the words of those participating in the public engagement process. Therefore, the Communities’ plan retains the voice and future image of the communities presented by the community members participating in the public engagement process.

          • How to Use This Plan

            Purpose and Approach

            Overall, the Community Plans are a guide for communities to create the future character and independent identity, as identified in the workshops with community values and aspirations, through completion of a community action plan. As stated at the community workshops, the new Community Plans replace any existing 2007/2014 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions will be addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan.

            The Community Plan is strategic in nature and provides clear Focus Statements and Action Statements identified by the community that led to creation of an action plan that can be implemented at the grass-roots level within each community. Some actions may require assistance by a County department, but the community will take the lead in moving the action forward, identifying funding or scheduling meetings or requesting information from specific County departments.

            Plan Organization

            The Community Plan is organized into three main sections, the community’s Values, community’s Aspirations, and Action Plans.

            VALUES – Those shared assets, principles, standards, mores and in the judgement of the community, what is important to the lives of its residents and businesses. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

            Community Values are listed under the Our Community tab.

            ASPIRATIONS– A written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Plan is fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. It is written as if the community’s desired changes have already occurred. (Identified in Workshop #1 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #2)

            Community Aspirations are listed under the Our Aspirations tab.

            ACTION PLANS– The action plans consist of:

                • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
                • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
                • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

              The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

              Action Plans are listed under the Our Action Plans tab.

              The Plan as a Living Document

              The Community Plan and the Countywide Plan are designed to be web-based plans and therefore will be easily updated. The Community Plan is intended to be championed and implemented by the community. The Focus Statements and Action Statement within the plan were created through public engagement workshops by community participants.

              The plan is meant as a way to organize activities and provide overall direction to move the community forward. The plan should never be considered to be written in stone, but should be malleable as the needs of the community continue to change. Focus Statements and Action Statements should be changed and amended as Action Statements are completed or new priorities take their place.

              The Community should consider reviewing its plan annually to celebrate what was accomplished and make changes to the plan, as necessary, to ensure it is a relevant work plan. Communities should report back to the San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department, Planning Division as they complete actions to ensure their plan is updated online with success stories included on their website and at least annually to ensure their action plans are updated reflecting completed actions. As communities complete their Action Plans, the County will determine when to revisit the community to expand or modify their action plans.

          • Relationship to the Countywide Vision and Countywide Plan

            Relationship to Countywide Vision

            The Community Plan’s values and goals are specific to. However, they are consistent with, build on, and contribute to the Countywide Vision.

            Relationship to Countywide Plan

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

            In 2015, the County of San Bernardino launched an effort to go further than any county or city has ever gone with a general plan by creating a web-based comprehensive “complete county” plan. General plans are almost always strictly rule books for guiding development and growth. The County’s General Plan, last updated in 2007, will go well beyond a traditional general plan to become a comprehensive Countywide Plan that complements and informs the Countywide Vision by taking into account all services—not just land-use planning—provided by County Government, and the unique values and priorities of each unincorporated community.

            The Countywide Plan serves as a guide for County decision-making, financial planning, and communications. Its web-based format provides a wealth of easily accessible data on how the County operates, and allow independent research using County data and information.

            The Countywide Plan includes:

                • A County Policy Plan, which serves in part as the County’s General Plan for the unincorporated areas and also provides guidance for regional county services. The Policy Plan establishes goals and policies for the entire county as well as specific sub regions and communities.
                • A County Business Plan, which contains governance policies and operational metrics that outline the County’s approach to providing municipal and regional services.
                • A Regional Issues Forum, which is an online resource for sharing information and resources related to issues confronting the entire county.
                • A Community Plans Continuum, which articulates what is important to each Community, and for the most part, would be implemented by the Community. Links will also be provided for maps, goals, and policies in the Policy Plan.

          • Where Did the Goals, Policies, and Land Use Map for My Community’s Plan Go?

            The existing Community Plan content was used in the development of the new draft Community Plan and Countywide Plan. Goals and policies from the existing community plan, as well as proposed land use changes discussed during the community workshops, will be considered for inclusion in the County Policy Plan, a component of the Countywide Plan. The Land Use Map will be adopted as part of the County Policy Plan. The content of the draft Community Plan focuses on those actions identified by the community that the community is willing to take to make desired changes to their community. The County Policy Plan and the Community Plans will both be web-based, with adoption of the Countywide Plan in late 2018.

          • What is the Community Development Toolkit?

            The County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department is creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.





        • Our Community

            Bear Valley Horses

          • Who We Are

            Bear Valley is made up of several small mountaintop communities where residents enjoy a slow, relaxed, unhurried pace of living in the tranquil setting of the San Bernardino National Forest. Bear Valley residents value the pristine beauty of its environment, supportive and neighborly bonds, and quiet, uncrowded neighborhoods built upon a well-established tourist economy. Stakeholders in Bear Valley strive to enhance the built environment, preserve natural resources, expand recreational opportunities, promote health, safety, and well-being, diversify and balance the economy, and expand their input on local matters.

            Strengths and Opportunities

            Community workshops were conducted in each community as part of the engagement process. In addition, input was gathered through the Countywide Plan website. As part of the process, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud below was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises and served as part of the base information utilized to develop the Focus and Action Statements of the Community Plan. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the plan. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud. The full results of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats gathered as a part of the engagement process is found in the Community Profile.

            Bear Valley Word Cloud

          • Community Values

            The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the community, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.

             

            Small-Town Mountain Lifestyle

            Bear Valley residents value the beauty and tranquility of living in a small mountaintop environment where connections to community and nature are both strong and family-oriented.


            Slower Pace of Life

            Bear Valley residents value a slow pace of life in quiet, uncrowded crime-free neighborhoods, and respect for privacy.


            Quality Environment

            Bear Valley residents value clean air, dark skies, breathtaking views, natural habitats, and well-managed recreational resources.


            Supportive, Neighborly Bonds

            Bear Valley residents value supporting those in need and investing in community well-being by donating time and financial resources to local organizations.


            Established, Evolving Economy

            Bear Valley residents value recognition as a historic tourist destination with a well-established local economy offering a reasonable cost of living and opportunities for future economic growth.

          • Community Profile

            The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Bear Valley. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Bear Valley Communities.

            Click here for a PDF version of the complete Community Profile.




        • Our Aspirations

          Bear Valley Workshop #3

          The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are fully implemented. This is a long term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Focus Statements and Action Statements.


          • 1. Improved Built Environment

            As a four-seasons resort destination, our communities attract business-supporting tourists throughout the year. Community members prioritized improvements to our built environment, including updated and well-maintained building facades, road maintenance, street improvements, and addressing accessibility concerns throughout the communities. These improvements have helped to enhance our commercial areas and decrease traffic and safety issues during peak tourism months.


          • 2. Clean, Safe, and Healthy Future

            Residents created a number of programs to address health and safety within the communities. Through regular community cleanup events, volunteers work to keep the pristine mountain area free of debris that takes away from the beauty of the environment and community. As a result of increased engagement with the San Bernardino County Human Services Department, increased services are available for people of all ages to promote mental and behavioral well-being. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department also established an annual class with community members that teaches residents how to safely and properly protect themselves and their neighbors through the implementation of a neighborhood watch program, which empowers residents to proactively address code violations, vacation home rental problems, and other potential nuisances.


          • 3. Balanced Economy

            The Bear Valley communities have a vibrant and balanced economy that includes tourism, health and wellness, environmental sciences, recreation, forestry, and activities and employment for people of all ages. Residents created community groups that work with the County of San Bernardino to market all aspects of the area, boost the local workforce in all industries, and bring investment into the area.


          • 4. Preservation of Natural Beauty

            The Bear Valley communities are unique in terms of their location in Southern California. Residents work to create educational materials for new community members and visitors, including a “welcome packet” that gives recommendations for how to live and play within a mountain environment without having a negative impact on the area.


          • 5. Recreational Opportunities

            The mountain environment offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities throughout the year. During the winter, residents and visitors enjoy alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow play, and biking. During the other three seasons, residents and visitors enjoy hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, off-road touring, golfing, fishing, and watersports. Local interest groups collaborate with the County of San Bernardino and the US Forest Service to increase signage on trails and in outdoor spaces, which help to increase safety and enjoyment when using these areas.


          • 6. Expanded Input in Local Matters

            Our communities take pride in our ability to ensure personal freedom and integrity and local strength in decision-making. Through the creation of a local committee of community leaders who are responsible for working with the County of San Bernardino and other outside agencies the voice of the communities is heard in all matters impacting the area. Opportunities for making the communities’ voice heard is available through an increased number of community meetings and the preparation of formal recommendations for consideration by the County.




        • Our Action Plans

          Action Plans

          Click here for a PDF version of the compiled Public Review Draft Bear Valley Action Plans.

          The Action Plans consist of:

                • Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
                • Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)
                • Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

          Focus Statements and Action Statements

          Each Focus Statement is listed below. The Action Statements display under the corresponding Focus Statement. Expanded discussions of each Action Statement are included in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

          The Focus Statements and Action Statements of the plan are not written with a prioritization. It is up to the community to select the priority action statements that they wish to begin implementing. The related action plans for each Action Statement provide guidance on the actions and timeline that may be necessary to implement the Action Statement.

          Focus Statements


          • A. Improve the quality of our built environment to enhance community health, safety, neighborhood character, and the image of our business corridors

            Action Statements

            A1. Work with San Bernardino County Code Enforcement to develop educational materials to inform residents and property owners about County Codes, with a particular emphasis on inoperable vehicles, unpermitted construction, property maintenance, and other community concerns as they may change from time to time, and encourage local residents to report persistent problems to Code Enforcement.

            A2. Establish a community cleanup program in collaboration with community service organizations, local schools, and Big Bear Disposal to assist with large item trash pickup at least two times per year.

            A3. Construct public restrooms in two locations accessible to people arriving to the east end of the Big Bear Valley. If permanent restrooms are infeasible due to maintenance costs, install portable restrooms during peak visitor seasons, including three-day holiday weekends.

            A4. Adopt development standards and public infrastructure in commercial areas appropriate for a rural mountain community.

            A5. Establish and implement a façade and sign improvement program for existing and future businesses.

            A6. Construct improved bus stops with permanent and accessible benches and shelters in order to improve comfort and safety for bus riders, in partnership with Mountain Transit and local organizations such as the Fire Department, the Community Services District, community service organizations, and local businesses.

            A7. Promote cleanup and repurposing of underutilized properties along Big Bear Boulevard, in Fawnskin, and in other key locations as identified by program partners.

            A8. Create and maintain a healthy forest and forest fuels management program.


          • B. Reduce traffic congestion by improving transit services, roadways and recreational networks for pedestrians and bicyclists, and transit riders

            Action Statements

            B1. Advocate for improved transportation options and reduced automobile traffic through Big Bear City on State Route 18 and State Route 38, which become congested with tourist traffic during peak holiday weekends and seasons. Solutions should be integrated with valley-wide and regional strategies and may include transit improvements, shuttle services, streetscape improvements (including pedestrian and bicycle facilities), marketing, or transportation access guides implemented in coordination with Mountain Transit, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, the City of Big Bear Lake, the California Department of Transportation, the Big Bear Valley Tourism Business Improvement District, and/or other relevant organizations.

            B2. Advocate for implementation of the Big Bear Valley Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Equestrian Master Plan in collaboration with partners such as the City of Big Bear Lake, County of San Bernardino Public Works, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, and the Southern California Mountains Foundation and under the leadership of the Big Bear Valley Trails Coordinator.


          • C. Build human capital and promote enterprise, with a focus on environmentally friendly businesses, to strengthen the local economy and provide opportunities for residents and families to be self-reliant

            Action Statements

            C1. Promote child and youth development, social and civic responsibility, and environmental stewardship by establishing a multigenerational community council with youth in leadership positions to advocate for and support activities that enrich our community and our environment.

            C2. Establish entrepreneurship, business training, and career development programs in partnership with local colleges and universities that empower locals to grow careers or businesses related to the Big Bear Valley economy such as outdoor recreation, high altitude training, health, wellness, and rehabilitation services, environmental science, and natural resource extraction and management.

            C3. Coordinate with County of San Bernardino Human Services Department to assess local needs, such as wellness checks for seniors, substance abuse counseling, and support for families with children, and deliver mobile services and/or open a new service delivery location in Big Bear City.

            C4. Collaborate with the local chambers and County EDA to establish a valley-wide economic development initiative that links emerging entrepreneurs with mentors and potential investors and fosters new business development.

            C5. Identify barriers to and implement solutions for building environmentally sensitive recreational businesses (including mountain biking, rock climbing, model plane and drone flying, and high-altitude field training) on publicly owned land.


          • D. Become a destination renowned for culture, environment, health, and well-being for people of all ages and abilities

            Action Statements

            D1. Construct road access to Big Bear Valley Historical Museum from Greenway Drive.

            D2. Establish a resource conservation program to designate open space resources, establish a dedicated funding source, and actively promote open space protection through land acquisition, conservation easements, mitigation monitoring, volunteer support, and other similar tools.

            D3. Promote family- and eco-friendly tourism that educates people about our natural surroundings, dark skies, and quiet nature.

            D4. Enhance existing and create new cultural attractions for diverse groups of people with programs like Shakespeare in the Forest, a vaquero/cowboy festival, mining tours, and similar events.


          • E. Strengthen the relationship between Big Bear Valley and the County of San Bernardino to increase the County’s understanding of the community

            Action Statements

            E1. Establish a Bear Valley Municipal Advisory Council as an avenue for accurate and transparent communications between local residents, Big Bear Valley leaders, and County officials.


          Action Plan Matrices

          The Action Plan Matrix for each Action Statement listed above can be found in the compiled Action Plans, linked at the top of this page.

          How to Implement the Action Plans

          The Action Plans provide a general organization of the action steps necessary to implement each Action Statement. The Community may want to meet to identify the top three to five priority Action Statements to work on first. Some of these may be those actions that the community believes could be completed quickly and easily. Completion of one Action Statement will provide the community and local groups with the motivation to move forward with another Action Statement.

          Once an Action Statement is selected for implementation, the Community identifies a champion for that Action Statement to initiate activities, identify those responsible for carrying out action steps, identify and secure resources that will be required, and develop a timeline. While suggested champions and action steps are included in the plan document, each community should develop more specific assignments based upon available community resources such as volunteers, community groups and organizations. This step of planning for implementation is an important step necessary to help ensure successful implementation.

          Potential resources are identified for each Action Statement. These may be guides on implementation, case studies of how other communities have implemented similar projects, sources of potential external funding, and County agencies that can provide guidance and advice.

          The Action Plans are Not Set in Stone

          The Action Plans are to be used to guide community actions and are not “set in stone”. Champions and Action Leaders are suggestions, but your community has a better idea of the best Champion for individual actions. The Action process is a general set of tasks that can be modified by the Champion, Action Leaders and/or Action Teams to best fit your community. The community should feel free to make changes and find alternatives for completing actions.

          The Community Development Toolkit

          San Bernardino County Land Use Services is in the process of creating an online Community Development Toolkit to expand the action topics and guidance on implementation as well as ideas for future amendments or additions to the Community’s plan.



        • 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.

          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.

           

          View Maps of Potential Land Use Changes

          Click on the links below to download the staff report and maps of potential land use changes being considered for Detailed Community Plan areas.  These maps illustrate the community’s input and will be presented at the upcoming November 3rd Planning Commission workshop.  Please note that no official action will be taken at this workshop — the purpose of the workshop is to present the community’s input on existing and potential land use based on public outreach conducted to date.

          You can also visit each individual community plan webpage and view the maps under the “What We Know About” section.  You can view the staff report and other materials on the County’s website.

          Staff Report 

          Background: During the second Detailed Plan workshop, each community participant was asked to review the community’s Land Use Plan and propose changes. The recommended changes ranged from specific parcel-level land use designation changes to the inclusion of overlay districts to address issues, opportunities, or problems identified by the community.  Participants were asked if they agreed with the changes identified on the land use map and to provide further recommendations.

          At the Planning Commission workshop, County staff will present each community’s proposed land use map revisions. The presentation will also include a discussion of the values and aspirations identified by attendees at the community workshops.

          Again, please note that no official action will be taken at this workshop.  The purpose of the workshop is to present the community’s input on existing and potential land use based on outreach conducted to date.  Any official map changes will still need to be evaluated through an environmental impact report (EIR).  The EIR is estimated to be completed in late 2017, with public hearings expected in 2018.

          Planning Commission Workshop – November 3, 2016

          Come see potential land use map revisions proposed for study in Detailed Community Plan areas in a study session with the Planning Commission.  Check back on the website on October 28th for materials you can review in advance of the workshop.

          When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.*

          Where: County of San Bernardino Government Center
          Covington Chambers – First Floor
          385 North Arrowhead Avenue
          San Bernardino, CA  92415

          *Note that this workshop will be held as part of the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting and other agenda items may be taken in advance of the workshop.

          Remote Video Conferencing Options:

          • Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center
            15900 Smoke Tree Street
            Hesperia, CA  92345
          • Bob Burke Joshua Tree County Government Center
            63665 Twentynine Palms Highway
            Joshua Tree, CA  92552

          Purpose of the Workshop

          The Community Plans Team will present potential land use map revisions proposed by each community.  The presentation will also include a discussion of the values and aspirations identified by attendees at the community workshops.

          The Planning Commission will not take a formal action at the workshop, but will have the chance to comment on the proposed map revisions to be evaluated in land use modeling and environmental analysis for the Countywide Plan.

          Feedback from the Planning Commission and comments from the public will be summarized for review at a similar workshop planned for the Board of Supervisors later in the year.  Final Land Use Map revisions will occur with adoption of the Countywide Plan in 2018.

          Background

          The County Of San Bernardino, in coordination with County residents, is developing a Community Plans Continuum to update existing Community Plans and create new plans throughout the County.  Over the past six months, the County has held 36 public workshops for the 12 communities with Detailed Plans.  As part of the workshop activities, community residents identified community values, problem areas and recommended revisions to the land use designations in their respective communities.

          Detailed Plan communities where land use changes were considered include: Bear Valley, Bloomington, Crest Forest, Hilltop Communities, Helendale, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Muscoy, Oak Glen, and Phelan/Pinion Hills.

          Additional Information

          Interested persons may submit comments or questions in writing prior to the workshop or appear in person and be heard at the time of workshop.

          On or before October 28th, related discussion materials may be viewed on the Land Use Services Planning website online at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/lus/Planning/PlanningCommission.aspx, or at the County Government Center Land Use Services, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., First Floor, San Bernardino, CA from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  If review is desired in person, staff requests you call the department at (909) 387-8311 to set up a time to review the materials.

          Take Survey #1 from the First Framework & Foundation Community Plan Workshops

          The County recently conducted a series of public workshops in seven communities the County 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.  Click here to see if your community is addressed by a Framework & Foundation Plan.

          Click here to take the 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, please click on the above link to take the survey.  Responses to this survey will be considered alongside the input we received for each community during Workshop 1.

          This survey will remain open until November 1st.

          *Please note: This survey is for the Framework & Foundation Plan workshops that have occurred in recent months, which includes: Angelus Oaks,  Homestead Valley, Lytle Creek, Morongo Valley, Mt Baldy, Pioneertown, and San Antonio Heights.