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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 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.

    Draft Muscoy Community Plan

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

    • Introduction

      Muscoy

      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 Muscoy resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Muscoy 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 Muscoy Community Plan through this webpage, including the four additional tabs above.
       
      Click here for a PDF version of the entire Public Review Draft Muscoy 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 MuscoyCP@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 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 Muscoy. 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

        Muscoy

      • Who We Are

        Muscoy is a diverse community with a strong appreciation for a rural lifestyle and the natural environment. Muscoy values community involvement, community diversity, respect, local ownership, and the spacious lifestyle and tranquil environment throughout the community. Muscoy strives to improve a sense of community ownership, expand local input throughout the county, build upon local amenities existing in the community, and increase the recreational infrastructure available to residents.

        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.

        Muscoy 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.

         

        Local Services and Resources

        Muscoy residents value the available local services and urban resources that enrich the community.


        Community Involvement

        Muscoy residents value the friendly atmosphere and level of commitment of community members.


        Health and Safety

        Muscoy residents value a healthy and safe community with opportunities for recreational enjoyment.


        Community Diversity

        Muscoy residents value the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences of community members.


        Community Integrity and Respect

        Muscoy residents value respect, individual rights, and the integrity of the local people.


        Spacious Lifestyle

        Muscoy residents value large lot sizes and open spaces to enjoy their homes and property.


        Tranquil Environment

        Muscoy residents value the calm, tranquil environment while being near urban resources.

      • Community Profile

        The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Muscoy. 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 Muscoy Community.

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




    • Our Aspirations

      Muscoy 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. Expanded Local Input

        Our community enjoys a larger voice in matters impacting Muscoy through increased communication with officials from the County of San Bernardino. We have a clear and efficient path to collect and pass on local input from all residents, making sure that everyone feels heard and respected. This process allows the community to be more self-sufficient.


      • 2. Sense of Community Ownership

        In conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Muscoy residents came together to create a formal neighborhood watch program that continues to increase safety within the community and unify residents through a joint effort. This increased communication and coordination creates stronger bonds between neighbors and a heightened sense of pride in the appearance and character of the community.


      • 3. Cultural and Volunteer Opportunities

        Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and volunteer groups collaborate to increase the number of community festivals and celebrations for residents to attend. These events include workshops and informational classes that teach useful skills such as gardening or cooking, volunteer cleanup days, and holiday festivals that help residents get to know one another while also learning and benefiting the community.


      • 4. Expanded Local Amenities

        Increased access to and awareness of the educational programs and business development materials available to small business owners help them to run their businesses more efficiently and successfully, leading to a small influx of diverse stores to serve the community’s needs. Our parks also benefit from the addition of public art programs, which showcase the talents of local artists and provide safe spaces for residents to enjoy.


      • 5. Improved Recreational Infrastructure

        Local community interest-based organizations continue to increase recreational opportunities in Muscoy through fundraising and volunteer efforts. Infrastructure improvements and signage updates continue in areas designated for walking, biking, and riding horses, contributing to the spaces’ functionality and safety. Additionally, educational programs are organized regularly to teach residents the best way to properly use these areas.




    • Our Action Plans

      Action Plans

      Click here for a PDF version of the compiled Public Review Draft Muscoy 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. Increase recreational opportunities to enhance the quality of life in Muscoy

        Action Statements

        A1. Conduct a community-based asset inventory to identify physical assets like vacant lots and spaces to be used for parks, open spaces, and community activities.

        A2. Coordinate with nonprofits, local business, and institutional partners to identify resources to purchase vacant lots and convert them to parks.

        A3. Establish joint-use agreements with San Bernardino Unified School District and the PAL Center for the community to utilize existing soccer fields and green spaces.


      • B. Encourage community involvement in civic beautification and maintaining the community’s rural character

        Action Statements

        B1. Establish a community cleanup program utilizing local youth organizations to clean up trash, debris, and weeds in the Muscoy community at least four times a year.

        B2. Coordinate and implement a large item trash pickup and dump day quarterly.

        B3. Encourage safe animal keeping through educational programs and partnerships.


      • C. Improve public and equestrian safety within Muscoy

        Action Statements

        C1. Increase participation in the neighborhood watch program participation throughout the community.

        C2. Coordinate with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to establish a Citizen Patrol.

        C3. Partner with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, County Fire Department, local safety experts, and insurance companies to educate property owners on securing homes and businesses.

        C4. Establish a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.

        C5. Identify existing and potential horse and pedestrian trails with a community-sponsored wayfinding program.

        C6. Construct traffic calming measures on State Street and major arterials.

        C7. Install additional lighting on streets and in other public spaces.


      • D. Encourage home-grown businesses and small enterprises that provide jobs and economic development opportunities to Muscoy residents

        Action Statements

        D1. Establish a community-based economic development initiative that promotes the development of small businesses through mentorship programs and other outside resources.

        D2. Encourage the establishment of micro-enterprise loan programs to improve access to capital providing small affordable loans to entrepreneurs and new businesses that may not be eligible for traditional business financing.

        D3. Encourage means and champions to develop a food-based small business support system with links to capacity building and training on issues such as compliance, health and safety, business planning, financial management, and marketing.


      • E. Create opportunities for community connectedness where residents of Muscoy know their neighbors, are connected to their community, and have diverse opportunities for social interaction

        Action Statements

        E1. Engage local churches and faith-based operations in Muscoy to sponsor local events, activities, and community cleanups.

        E2. Promote events and activities that celebrate Muscoy’s cultural heritage and connect diverse resident groups within the community.


      • F. Increase educational opportunities for youth and adults in Muscoy

        Action Statements

        F1. Coordinate with local and regional nonprofits and community development groups to offer English language classes for youth and adults at the Baker Family Learning Center and local elementary schools.

        F2. Enhance after-school programs for youth in elementary school, middle school, and high school after-school activities through partnerships with local nonprofits and youth development agencies.

        F3. Coordinate with the San Bernardino City Unified School District and the Baker Family Learning Center in further developing existing parent engagement classes.


      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.

      Bloomington CP | Outreach Event #5: Bloomington MAC meeting 05/02/17

      The County is coming to the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting to provide an update on the Community Plan.

      When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM

      Where: Ayala Park, 18313 Valley Blvd., Bloomington, CA 92316

      Highlights

      Further discussion of options for:

      • Community revenue
      • Assessment districts
      • Land use changes

      Purpose of the Workshop

      In follow up to community input received to date, the County will discuss options for generating revenue for the community, including assessment districts and land use changes.

      Feedback from the community will be summarized for review.

      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.  The Bloomington Community Plan is part of the this effort. The County held three previous public outreach events for the Bloomington Community Plan and added a fourth based on community input.

      Bloomington CP | Outreach Event #4: Bloomington MAC meeting 03/07/17

      The County is coming to the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting to provide an update on the Community Plan.

      When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM

      Where: Ayala Park, 18313 Valley Blvd., Bloomington, CA 92316

      Highlights

      • Summary of input received on community goals and objectives
      • Overview of draft land use plan
      • Discussion of community revenues, expenditures, and fiscal impacts

      Purpose of the Workshop

      The County will present an overview of the community input received to date, including a summary of the community goals and objectives, as well as the draft land use plan.  The County will then discuss projected revenues and expenditures along with a focus on the fiscal impacts of additional services requested by the community including: law enforcement, code enforcement, and parks and recreation.

      Feedback from the community will be summarized for review.  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.  The Bloomington Community Plan is part of the this effort. The County held three previous public outreach events for the Bloomington Community Plan and added a fourth based on community input.

       

      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.

      Existing Community Plans Get a New Look!

      The Countywide Plan process touches upon many facets of the County’s operations, including governance tools such as Community Plans.  Historically, Community Plans have guided the future use, character and distinctive identity of a community and outlined how the County should manage future growth.

      As part of the Countywide Plan preparation, we have taken a fresh look at the purpose and functionality of these documents and have enhanced them by adding new content that also makes them more action-oriented.

      In doing so, the new content will refine the way the current community plans are organized.  Although the plans will have a somewhat new look, communities with existing plans can be assured that pertinent information from the existing plans will be carried forward into the new plan, shaped by the input received during community workshops over the past several months.

      The new organization of the Community Plan documents is intended provide the County and community with more effective tools for future decision making.  We have created a graphic to illustrate how the new community plans will look in comparison to the existing plans.

      To see if your community has an existing plan that will be updated, or to see if a new community plan will be created for your area, click here.

      Take Survey #3 from the Detailed Community Plan Workshops

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

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

      The survey will remain open until September 16, 2016.

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