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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

EIR Scoping Meeting: live stream, video recording, and presentation materials available online!

Can’t attend the Scoping Meeting?

We’ve got you covered! The County has multiple ways to keep you informed and let your voice be heard.

Click Here for links and materials.

  • Watch the Scoping Meeting online — live on October 26th or see the recorded meeting after.
  • Download and review the Scoping Meeting presentation.
  • Submit a comment online and see other ways to submit comments.

Have comments about the scope or content of the environmental information that will be analyzed in the EIR?

The Notice of Preparation (NOP) is currently available for a 30-day public review period from October 17, 2017, to November 20, 2017. Due to the time limits mandated by state law, written comments must be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, November 20, 2017.

Still have questions?

Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Released.

NOTICE OF PREPARATION AND SCOPING MEETING
for the San Bernardino Countywide Plan Environmental Impact Report have been released!

Click here to learn more about the the Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Scoping Meeting.

Release Date: October 13, 2017

Notice of Preparation Review Period: October 17 through November 20, 2017 (30 days)

Scoping Meeting: October 26, 2017, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the County Government Centers in San Bernardino, Hesperia, and Joshua Tree (see NOP for more details)

 

Draft San Antonio Heights Community Plan

San Antonio Heights

In 2016, the community embarked on a planning process to develop a new Community Plan. Two public workshops, open to any community resident, or business, or property owner, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what the community 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 Community Plan, available in PDF format. The final format of the Community Plan will be web-based. The PDF version of the Draft Community Plan is provided as a courtesy for simplifying public review, but may not be available once the online version of the plan is finalized.

Click here to download the PDF Draft Community Plan.

Share your thoughts!

The County is looking for public comments about this Public Review Draft Community Plan. You may use the feedback form below to submit your comments online.

You may also e-mail comments to SanAntonioHeightsCP@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

Regional Meeting Materials Available Online!

The County has made all of the materials that will be presented at the eight open houses in October available online.

Click here to learn more about the open house dates and locations.

Click here to visit the online open house materials and leave your thoughts about the Countywide Plan. 

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?

Click here to take the online survey here .

Click here to visit the online open house materials and leave your thoughts about the Countywide Plan. 

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 Mentone Community Plan

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

  • Introduction

    Mentone

    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 Mentone resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Mentone 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 Mentone Community Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
    Click here for a PDF version of the entire Public Review Draft Mentone 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 MentoneCP@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 community’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 guides for communities to create their 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 of 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 toward 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 Community 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 that their plan is updated online and their success stories are included. Their website should be updated 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 the community. 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 allows 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 subregions 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


      Mentone

    • Who We Are

      Mentone is a community with deep roots in Southern California. As a waypoint/destination for many travelers heading to and from the San Bernardino Mountains, the community holds a special place in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. Mentone values its small-town feel; proximity to the Santa Ana River and San Bernardino Mountains; and agricultural uses, which are an important part of the community’s history. Mentone strives to preserve the rural, small-town feel while focusing on improving the quality of life and the desirability of the community.

      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.

      Mentone 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.

       

      Rural Culture

      Mentone residents value their community’s rural culture and quiet, honest way of life.


      Local Economy

      Mentone residents value an economic core of local businesses and good schools.


      Open Space

      Mentone residents value the preservation of local agriculture and open spaces.


      Safety

      Mentone residents value maintaining a safe community that is comfortable and enjoyable for all residents.


      Public Transportation

      Mentone residents value regional access through public transportation.

    • Community Profile

      The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historical dimensions of Mentone. 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 “tells the story” of the Mentone Community.

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




  • Our Aspirations

    Mentone residents rank actions necessary to achieve the goals and objectives at the third community workshop.

    The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating how the community desires to look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are accomplished. 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. Community Sustainability and Cleanliness

      Residents recognize the need to create a sustainable and resilient community during the community planning process and acknowledge the steps necessary to ensure that adequate infrastructure and resources are available to handle changing conditions.


    • 2. Recognition of Natural and Agricultural Resources

      For many residents, agriculture represents their livelihood and is a very important aspect of the community. Agritourism has drawn many residents, who came to Mentone because of the rich agricultural history. Those who call Mentone home treasure the preservation and expansion of the groves and agricultural uses in the community.


    • 3. Expanded Open Space

      Residents engage in a collaborative planning effort with local community organizations, schools, and other interested stakeholders to prepare and implement a study to increase open space and recreational opportunities identified by the community. Our community identified several potential locations and narrowed the search through a community vote. Fundraising efforts and sponsorships from local businesses result in new neighborhood parks, while local interest groups create signage for existing hiking and biking trails in the area.


    • 4. Enhanced Infrastructure

      Our community implements strategies for more efficient and pedestrian-friendly means of transportation, including working with Omnitrans to organize new bus routes. We also support construction of sidewalks in limited areas to make the community more accessible for everyone. These improvements create a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere while keeping up with needed infrastructure maintenance of our roads and existing sidewalks.


    • 4. Preserve the “Old Town Feel with Western Flair”

      Residents feel a connection with their unique surroundings and the character of the community. Mentone is a community of established homes and a historic “old town” feel. Our community is proud of its history and continues to work to preserve that feeling through measured growth and development.




  • Our Action Plans

    Action Plans

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

    The Action Plans consist of:

          • Focus Statements, which provide general direction toward 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. Protect the community’s treasures for years to come.

      Action Statements

      A1. Establish a façade and sign improvement program that defines the Mentone look and feel.

      A2. Preserve and expand agricultural production within Mentone through agritourism, urban agricultural practices, nurseries, and the development of community gardens.

      A3. Construct a community center that accommodates community-focused events, evening meetings, and recreational activities.

      A4. Promote expanded economic and tourism activity along Mentone Boulevard (Highway 38) that highlights the community’s history and proximity to the San Bernardino Mountains.

      A5. Advocate changes in development standards requiring new development to set aside land for open space and/or agricultural use.


    • B. Enhance pedestrian safety and mobility along Mentone Boulevard (Highway 38).

      Action Statements

      B1. Advocate and collaborate with Caltrans to develop a master plan for signage, striping, and lighting along Highway 38 that enhances public safety and pedestrian connectivity.

      B2. Identify and advocate improvements along major roadways in Mentone that are impacted by development activities outside of the community.

      B3. Coordinate with local transit agencies to increase mobility in the community through improved transit services.

      B4. Advocate the development and expansion of pedestrian pathways and trails that connect Mentone to open space areas such as the San Bernardino Mountains and Santa Ana River.

      B5. Support the County’s expansion of the Santa Ana River Multipurpose Trail.


    • C. Improve public safety, health, and welfare within the community.

      Action Statements

      C1. Promote, through a public education campaign, the effective use of private outdoor lighting that enhances resident and business safety while protecting night sky views and resources.

      C2. Establish an access and functional needs assessment for residents and businesses within Mentone.

      C3. Advocate improved water quality and sewage infrastructure throughout the community to reduce groundwater pollution and improve water quality in local waterways.


    • D. Enhance and expand connectivity to regional open space and recreational areas.

      Action Statements

      D1. Establish a non-vehicular mobility plan to advocate for additional bike paths and pedestrian paths that connect to existing and proposed regional trail networks.

      D2. Develop and incorporate historical information and signage throughout the community regarding natural resources and amenities.


    • E. Improve communication and coordination between Mentone and the County.

      Action Statements

      E1. Establish an effective communication process between Mentone, the County, and adjacent cities that increases information and understanding of planning projects and initiatives.

      E2. Coordinate with County fire and sheriff’s departments for service information that can be shared with businesses and residents.


    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 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 material.