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The Countywide Plan’s Adoption Hearing is set for October 27th!

Following recommendations from the Planning Commission (9/17), the Board of Supervisors is considering the Countywide Plan for adoption on October 27, 2020. The meeting’s agenda will be published on the County’s website prior to the meeting.

Visit the Library section of the Countywide Plan for links to download all of these documents (2020 Public Hearing Draft Documents). Read below for more information and individual links.

  • Final Environmental Documents
  • Draft Policy Plan
  • Draft Business Plan – Governance Element & Implementation Plan
  • Community Action Guides

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The County received dozens of substantive comments on the Draft EIR released in June 2019. These comments were carefully reviewed and additional analysis was conducted to ensure the County could respond appropriately. The Final EIR contains copies of the public comments, the County’s responses, and a description of the corrections/changes to the Draft EIR.

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). CEQA requires that when making findings regarding significant impacts, the County adopt a reporting or monitoring program for changes made to the project or conditions of project approval, adopted in order to mitigate or avoid significant effects on the environment.

Findings of Facts and Statement of Overriding Considerations (FOF/SOC). CEQA requires the County to adopt Findings of Facts and a Statement of Overriding Considerations when it chooses to approve a project that may result in significant and unavoidable impacts.

Click here to access the FEIR, MMRP, and FOF/SOC.

POLICY PLAN

Draft Policy Plan. Released earlier in July, the Draft Policy Plan was updated based on public input and recommendations from community and agency stakeholders to strengthen policies on environmental justice and fire design and safety.

Click here to access the revised Draft Policy Plan.

BUSINESS PLAN

The Business Plan directs the integration of Countywide Plan goals, policies, and actions into the way the County operates and develops its budget. The Business Plan consists of a policy-based governance element and an action-oriented implementation plan, and two new implementation tools: a tracking and feedback system and fiscal analysis model. While the implementation tools will be finalized during the first year after adoption, the County has developed its Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

Draft Governance Element. The Governance Element attempts to capture and preserve the existing way in which the County provides consistent, transparent, effective, and accountable governance for future leaders and the public. The Governance Element lays the foundation for County leadership, decision-making, and operational processes.

Draft Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan identifies the key next steps (immediate, short-term, and mid-term) the County needs to take to implement the various aspects of the Countywide Plan. The actions include initiatives by the County as well as decisions that involve public and private development projects, investments, and programs.

Click here to download the Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES

The County released revised drafts of the Community Action Guides (CAGs) in early 2019. For all but four communities, the 2019 Draft remains unchanged and is the version that will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors. Minor changes were made to four CAGs based on continued input from community members: Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs, Pioneertown, and Mountain (the latter is a fundamental plan covering Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village). For these four communities, the 2020 Draft represents the latest version.

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.

Final environmental, policy, and implementation released!

After years of analysis and public engagement, the Countywide Plan has reached an important milestone. The final documents suitable for use and consideration in public hearings have been released. These documents will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on September 17, 2020. Click here to see the Planning Commission meeting agenda.

Visit the Library section of the Countywide Plan for links to download all of these documents (2020 Public Hearing Draft Documents). Read below for more information and individual links.

  • Final Environmental Documents
  • Draft Policy Plan
  • Draft Business Plan – Governance Element & Implementation Plan
  • Community Action Guides

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The County received dozens of substantive comments on the Draft EIR released in June 2019. These comments were carefully reviewed additional analysis was conducted to ensure the County could respond appropriately. The Final EIR contains copies of the public comments, the County’s responses, and a description of the corrections/changes to the Draft EIR.

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP). CEQA requires that when making findings regarding significant impacts, the County adopt a reporting or monitoring program for changes made to the project or conditions of project approval, adopted in order to mitigate or avoid significant effects on the environment.

Findings of Facts and Statement of Overriding Considerations (FOF/SOC). CEQA requires the County to adopt Findings of Facts and a Statement of Overriding Considerations when it chooses to approve a project that may result in significant and unavoidable impacts.

Click here to access the FEIR, MMRP, and FOF/SOC.

POLICY PLAN

Draft Policy Plan. Released earlier in July, the Draft Policy Plan was updated based on public input and recommendations from community and agency stakeholders to strengthen policies on environmental justice and fire design and safety.

Click here to access the revised Draft Policy Plan.

BUSINESS PLAN

The Business Plan directs the integration of Countywide Plan goals, policies, and actions into the way the County operates and develops its budget. The Business Plan consists of a policy-based governance element and an action-oriented implementation plan, and two new implementation tools: a tracking and feedback system and fiscal analysis model. While the implementation tools will be finalized during the first year after adoption, the County has developed its Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

Draft Governance Element. The Governance Element attempts to capture and preserve the existing way in which the County provides consistent, transparent, effective, and accountable governance for future leaders and the public. The Governance Element lays the foundation for County leadership, decision-making, and operational processes.

Draft Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan identifies the key next steps (immediate, short-term, and mid-term) the County needs to take to implement the various aspects of the Countywide Plan. The actions include initiatives by the County as well as decisions that involve public and private development projects, investments, and programs.

Click here to download the Draft Governance Element and Draft Implementation Plan.

COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDES

The County released revised drafts of the Community Action Guides (CAGs) in early 2019. For all but four communities, the 2019 Draft remains unchanged and is the version that will be submitted to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Minor changes were made to four CAGs based on continued input from community members: Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs, Pioneertown, and Mountain (the latter is a fundamental plan covering Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village). For these four communities, the 2020 Draft represents the latest version.

Click here to access the latest Community Action Guides.

 

Draft Revisions on Environmental Justice

Since the County’s release of the Draft EIR in 2019, many agencies, residents, and other stakeholders submitted their comments and questions. The County has processed this input and conducted additional analysis and updated the draft Policy Plan. In particular, the County made substantial revisions to the policies related to the topic of environmental justice. Click on the link below to download the updated policies and tables in the draft Policy Plan related to environmental justice.

Click here to download the draft Policy Plan revisions related to environmental justice

As a reminder, minor (non‐substantive) updates were also made to the background report in September 2019, which can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.

Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) released for public review!

The County of San Bernardino has released the Draft EIR for the proposed Countywide Plan for public review and comment. While state law only requires a 45-day public review period, the County has opted to provide a 60-day review period so that sufficient time is available to the public for both review of the Draft EIR and submission of comments.

The public review period for the Countywide Plan Draft EIR runs from June 17 to August 15, 2019.  

Click here to download and review the Draft EIR and find out how to submit your questions and comments.

Revised Policy Plan, Land Use Plan, and Community Action Guides released for public review!

Between the 2018 regional meetings and April 2019, the County received hundreds of public comments on the draft policy and community planning documents. This public input led to additional research, discussions with key stakeholders, and direct revisions to the planning documents.

While many substantive changes were made, the County was not able to accommodate everyone’s requests — generally due to a conflict with state law, local policy, other community input, infrastructure capacity, and/or County direction.  Thank you to everyone who gave their thoughts and opinions, submitted written comments and requests, and/or provided new sources of information.

The latest version of the Policy Plan, including the policy maps and reference maps, and the Community Action Guides are the final draft plans that will be presented to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Although the County will continue to accept and respond to public comments regarding these documents, the most recent draft Policy Plan forms the basis for the analysis contained in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR); we are therefore restricted from making any significant changes to those planning documents. If County staff believe that, based on public comments, additional changes to the Policy Plan are warranted, then those changes will be brought forward in the staff report to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, along with an analysis of their impact on the DEIR.

Draft Policy Plan. Click here to access the revised Policy Plan, including updated policy language and maps (PDF and web-based).

Draft Land Use Plan. Click here to access the revised Land Use Plan, including land use categories and the land use map (PDF and web-based). On the web-based map, you can view areas of proposed change as a separate hatched layer.

Draft Community Action Guides. Click here to select your community and access the revised Community Action Guide, including updated language, status indicators, and additional potential actions.

Draft Community Plan Goals and Policies Matrix. Click here to select your community and access the revised Goals and Policies Matrix for those communities that currently have a 2007/2013 Community Plan.

Draft EIR coming soon! Another notice will be sent out when the Draft EIR is published for a 60-day public review period.

 

Phelan Sept. 20th meeting RESCHEDULED for Sept. 25th in Pinon Hills

Due to a conflicting emergency meeting related to the Sheep Creek Water Company, the Phelan Open House (originally scheduled for September 20th in Phelan)  has been rescheduled for September 25th at Pinon Hills Community Center.

NEW DATE: September 25th, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

NEW LOCATION: Pinon Hills Community Center | 10433 Mountain Road, Pinon Hills, CA 92372

Click here for event information


This event is part of an ongoing outreach process that has included over 75 public meetings. Thank you for getting involved in improving your community and county!

Draft documents released for public review!

Click on the links below to find draft documents released for public review.  These draft documents and more will be made available at an upcoming second round of Regional Open Houses in September.

County Policy Plan (Draft) released

Click here to learn more about the Draft County Policy Plan. After three years of outreach and analysis, the County is ready to release a draft County Policy Plan encompassing a broad set of goals, policies, and maps to guide the future of San Bernardino County.

Community Action Guides (Revised Draft)

Click here to visit your community’s web page and view the Revised Draft Community Action Guide. In October 2017, the County released public review draft community plans. In response to public comments, the plans were renamed Community Action Guides. This name change along with other revisions based on public input are incorporated in the 2018 Draft Community Action Guide.

Regional Open Houses (2nd Round)

Click here to learn more about the Open Houses. The County is hosting a second round of regional open houses in September. Open house materials are being added to the website throughout August so that the public can review material in advance of the meetings.  The meetings will also include a formal presentation and opportunities to provide feedback on draft goals and policies, community actions, the land use map, and more.

Revised Draft Land Use Map Available!

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

Click here to view the map and more information.

Nine Regional Meetings | September 2018

Click here to download a PDF version of the event flyer.

The County is hosting a second round of regional open houses in September. Open house materials are being added to the website throughout August so that the public can review material in advance of the meetings. Please visit the Open House page for updates.

Fundamental Communities Survey – Closed

The County needs your input!

Take our survey

As part of the Countywide Plan and Community Plan / Action Guide efforts, the County of San Bernardino is creating Fundamental Plans / Action Guides for communities throughout the county. (Click here for a list of communities that will benefit from Fundamental Plans).

The County is not proposing land use or other changes that would encourage growth in these areas; the Fundamental Plans / Action Guides are intended to help guide Community-driven initiatives that will help each Community to embody their own values and aspirations.

No one knows your Community better than you do, so please click the link above to take our survey.

The County will use your input to develop Community Profiles, document Community information, and craft a road map for Community-driven actions that will help your Community maintain values and enact desired changes.

This survey will remain open until March 30th, 2018.