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Countywide Connection Newsletter | December 2017

The second issue of the Countywide Connection has been released!

Click here to read the full newsletter.

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


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

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

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

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

Countywide Plan Connection Issue #2


Nov. 20th deadline for comments on the EIR scope

Let us know what you think should be included.

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

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

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

Your comments should be directed to:

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


Fax: (909) 387-3223

Click Here to go to our online comment form.

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

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

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

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

Will there be other opportunities to comment on the EIR?

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

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.

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)


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

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


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.


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.