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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.

 

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.

Draft Land Use Plan

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Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in the Countywide Plan!

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

Please note: All documents are drafts, intended only for public review. Following public input during the Draft Environmental Impact Report public review period (mid-2019), a draft County Policy Plan suitable for public adoption hearings will be released later in 2019.



  • PROPOSED LAND USE CATEGORIES

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

    While the Draft Land Use Plan may look different because of the introduction of simplified LUCs, the vast majority of areas retain the same intent, nature, and development potential as under the currently adopted Land Use Plan.  Click on the links below to read more about the proposed LUCs and the relationship to the current system.

    Table LU-1. Land Use Categories. Summarizes the permitted density/intensity range, the primary purpose, and typical permitted uses for each category.

    Table LU-2. Land Use Category/Zoning Equivalency Matrix. Depicts the implementing Land Use Zoning Districts for each proposed Land Use Category.

    Click Here to download Tables LU-1 and LU-2.

    There are three main advantages to a two-map system:


    Simpler Maps

    The new mapping system will help users to visually understand land use patterns at a community, regional, and countywide scale

    Today, under the current system, maps must show over 200 distinct land use districts, leading to maps that rely on text that can often only be read and understood at a parcel scale.

    The Proposed colored maps will clearly visualize 11 generalized land use categories that can be read and understood at parcel, community, regional, and countywide scales.


    Streamlining

    The new mapping system will streamline minor changes in land use by eliminating the need for a general plan amendment.

    Today, under the current system, a property owner seeking to change from one-acre residential lots (RS-1) to half-acre lots (RS-20M) would need a zoning and general plan amendment.

    Under the Proposed system, the property owner would only need a zoning amendment because both districts (RS-1 and RS-20M) fall under the same Land Use Category (Very Low Density Residential or VLDR).


    Protects and Informs

    The new mapping system protects and informs the community by keeping the requirement for a general plan amendment for more substantial land use changes.

    Today, under the current system, a property owner seeking to change from a residential district (e.g., RS) to a commercial district (e.g., CG) would need a zoning and general plan amendment.

    Under the Proposed system, the property owner would still be required to process a zoning and general plan amendment as the two districts fall under different Land Use Categories (LDR and C, respectively).


  • UPDATES TO THE DRAFT LAND USE PLAN

    In response to the public’s input at regional open houses, EIR scoping meetings, and surveys, the County made minor refinements to the Draft Land Use Plan.

    These refinements fall into one of six topics:

    1. Expansion of area designated as Open Space
    2. Introduction of a Very Low Density Residential land use category
    3. Reduction of maximum density for the Low-Density Residential and Special Development categories
    4. Renaming of the Industrial categories
    5. Land use changes to specific properties based on property owner and public input
    6. Minor adjustments to Muscoy and Pioneertown community boundaries based on public input

    Note that these refinements do not change the growth pattern presented at EIR scoping meetings.

  • LAND USE MAPS

    Proposed Land Use Web Map (May 2019). An interactive map to view the revised proposed Draft Land Use Map along with areas of potential change.  The public can search for a property by street address or Assessor’s Parcel Number, change the background (e.g., aerial vs street map), turn information on and off, and click on an area or parcel for more information.

    Proposed Land Use PDF Map (May 2019). A PDF version showing the Draft Land Use Map.

    Proposed Land Use Categories (May 2019). An interactive map to learn more about the Proposed Draft Land Use Categories, including density/intensity, primary purpose, typical uses, implementing Zoning District, and locations throughout the unincorporated county.

    Growth Forecast.  An infographic showing where the County projects housing and job growth over the next 20+ years in the unincorporated areas, as well as growth projections for incorporated cities and towns.  This infographic was updated from that shown at the 2017 regional open houses to include constructed and entitled units in the East Valley Area Plan.


    MORE RESOURCES

    For those who do not have high-quality internet access, please visit the local County Library or another public facility with computers and internet access.

  • DRAFT LAND USE TABLES

    Table LU-1 summarizes the proposed Policy Plan Land Use Categories, including the permitted density/intensity range, the primary purpose of each category, and a list of typical permitted uses.  Table LU-2 depicts the implementing Land Use Zoning Districts for each proposed Land Use Category

    Click Here to download Tables LU-1 and LU-2.

    More information. The County proposes to plan and regulate land uses using a two-map system for the unincorporated land in San Bernardino County.  In the Draft Policy Plan, a set of broad Land Use Categories will provide long-term guidance and direction for the overall distribution, intensity, and compatibility of development in the unincorporated county areas.

    The Policy Plan will provide the basis for and be implemented by the County’s Development Code, which includes a set of Land Use Zoning Districts that establishes detailed land use districts, intensities, requirements, and standards. The Land Use Zoning Districts must be consistent with the Land Use Categories.

    While unincorporated areas administered and/or controlled by federal, tribal, and state governments are generally outside of the County’s land use authority, the two-map system will be applied to these areas to convey the long-term land use plans of said entities and provide complete coverage of the unincorporated lands. The Land Use Categories and Zoning Districts would also directly govern land use if the federal, tribal, or state governments relinquished control over any of these lands in the future.

  • Comments or Questions?

    Between the 2018 regional meetings and April 2019, the County received hundreds of public comments on the land use plan, draft policy and community planning documents. Thank you to everyone who gave their thoughts and opinions, submitted written comments and requests, and/or provided new sources of information.  This public input led to additional research, discussions with key stakeholders, and direct revisions to the land use plan and planning documents. New comments on the May 2019 Draft Land Use Plan will be considered at public hearings later this year.

    If you have a comment or question about the Land Use Plan you may:

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).

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INPUT! 

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 countywideplan.com/cp 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 countywideplan.com/surveys 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! CountywidePlan@lus.sbcounty.gov

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

Email: CountywidePlan@lus.sbcounty.gov

Fax: (909) 387-3223

Click Here to go to our online comment form.

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

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

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

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

Will there be other opportunities to comment on the EIR?

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

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