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.
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.