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Final environmental, policy, and implementation released!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Click here to access the revised Draft Policy Plan.


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

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

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

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


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

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Click here for event information

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

Draft documents released for public review!

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

County Policy Plan (Draft) released

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

Community Action Guides (Revised Draft)

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

Regional Open Houses (2nd Round)

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

Revised Draft Land Use Map Available!

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

Click here to view the map and more information.

Nine Regional Meetings | September 2018

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

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

We are revising the draft Community Plans to include your feedback!

Thank you to those who provided comments on their Community Plan to County Staff by the December 15th Deadline!

We will make changes to the draft Community Plans based on these comments and upload new draft Community Plans in mid-2018.

We will still accept comments.

We will continue to take your comments, but cannot guarantee they will make it into the next draft Community Plans.  If not, we will have them for the second and final round of changes (anticipated in late 2018).

The best way to provide comments is to use the feedback form on your plan’s webpage to submit your comments online (left or bottom part of the screen). Click here for links to your Community Plan webpage.  However, you can also use the general online feedback form and email addresses provided on the Contact Us page.

You can also submit written comments by mail to:

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

Reminder: Dec. 15th deadline for comments on Draft Community Plans

Make sure your voice is heard.

Thank you to those who have already provided comments on their Community Plan to County Staff!  The County is looking for all public comments on the Draft Community Plans, including areas that need to be updated or corrected. The County has already made a number of corrections based on public feedback during the Regional Open Houses, survey entries, and online comments.

We want your comments by December 15, 2017 so that the County can revise the Draft Community Plans for release in early 2018.  Remember, the Community Plans will be easily updated as communities complete their action items.

The best way to provide comments is to use the feedback form on your plan’s webpage to submit your comments online (left part of the screen or at the bottom of the page). Click here for links to your Community Plan webpage.  However, you can also use the general online feedback form and email addresses provided on the Contact Us page.

You can also submit written comments by mail to:

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

Countywide Connection Newsletter | December 2017

The second issue of the Countywide Connection has been released!

Click here to read the full newsletter.

The newsletter provides a quick update on the project, highlights public input from regional and environmental scoping meetings, illustrates where growth is planned over the next 20+ years, and explains next steps for the EIR (environmental impact report).


As you know, the past two years included 75 public meetings with communities, agencies, businesses, and organizations to better plan and improve our county. Public feedback generated numerous land use changes, adjustments in policy direction, and refinements to Community Plans.  Below are key deadlines for public input on two aspects of the Countywide Plan.  The next opportunity for formal public input will occur later in 2018 when we release the draft Policy Plan and draft EIR.

  • December 15, 2017 | Draft Community Plans. Public comments are due on Draft Community Plans (look for revised Plans in early 2018).  Visit to view draft Community Plans and provide input.
  • December 31, 2017 | Regional Open House Survey. There is still time for you to tell us what is important to you as we update County policies.  Visit to take the survey.

We encourage you to share this newsletter with friends, family and colleagues so that they can keep up with the process, too! Click the image below to read the full newsletter.

Newsletters will be prepared periodically so that we can provide you updates with project progress and highlights at key milestones in the process.  Have suggestions for articles or topics for future newsletters? Let us know!

Countywide Plan Connection Issue #2


Nov. 20th deadline for comments on the EIR scope

Let us know what you think should be included.

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

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

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

Your comments should be directed to:

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


Fax: (909) 387-3223

Click Here to go to our online comment form.

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

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

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

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

Will there be other opportunities to comment on the EIR?

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