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  • Introduction

    Mentone

    In 2016, the community embarked on a new community planning process. Three public workshops, open to any community resident, or business, or property owner, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what the community aspires to be in the future. Participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the community move forward to achieve its aspirations.

    In October 2017, the results were released for public review as a draft community plan. In response to public comments, the plans were renamed Community Action Guides. This name change along with other revisions that resulted from the public review are incorporated in the 2018 Draft Community Action Guide.

    The results are presented as the Draft Community Action Guide through this webpage, including the additional tabs above.

    The final format of the Community Action Guide will be web-based. The PDF version of the Draft Community Action Guide (linked below) is provided as a courtesy for simplifying public review, but may not be available once the online version of the plan is finalized.

    2018 Revised Draft Community Action Guide

    2017 Public Review Draft


    • The Draft 2018 Community Action Guide for Public Review

      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 CommunityPlans@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 Action Guide 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 action guide retains the voice and future image of the community presented by the community members participating in the public engagement process.

      The final format of the Community Action Guide will be web-based. The PDF version of the Draft Community Action Guide is provided as a courtesy for simplifying public review, but may not be available once the online version of the plan is finalized.

    • How to Use This Community Action Guide

      Purpose and Approach

      Overall, the Community Action Guides are a framework 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 Action Guides replace any existing 2007/2013 Community Plans, with a greater focus on community self-reliance, grass-roots action, and implementation. Goals, policies, land use, and infrastructure decisions are addressed in the Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan. The County Development Code will still regulate zoning and land development.

      The Community Action Guide 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.

      A detailed implementation plan and training module will be set up by the County to guide communities in identifying Champions, setting up Action Teams, contacting County departments and answering questions. In addition, the County’s role will be clarified. This information will be included on the website for easy reference by communities.

      Plan Organization

      The Community Action Guide 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 Action Guide 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 guide are not prioritized. It is up to the community to select the three to five 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. The Champions and Action Teams should review the Action Statement, Benchmark, and Action Steps. They may even hold a public meeting to get additional input before starting implementation of a specific Action Statement. Changes may be made as new input is received.

      Action Plans are listed under the Our Action Plans tab.

      The Action Guide as a Living Document

      The Community Action Guides and the Countywide Plan are designed to be web-based and therefore will be easily updated. The Community Action Guide is intended to be championed and implemented by the Community. The Focus Statements and Action Statement within the guide were created through public engagement workshops by community participants.

      The guide 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 guide annually to celebrate what was accomplished and make changes to the guide, as necessary, to ensure it is a relevant work plan. Communities should report back to the County as they complete actions to ensure their online guide is updated with success stories included on their website and 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 Action Guide’s values and goals are specific to each 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 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 Planning Continuum of 35 Community Action Guides, which articulates what is important to each Community; sets out an Action Plan based on community input, and for the most part, would be implemented by the community; and provides a Community Profile. Links will also be provided for maps, goals, and policies in the Countywide Plan.

    • 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 Action Guide.





  • 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 Action Guide. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the guide. 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.

      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.

      2018 Revised Draft Community Profile

      2017 Public Review Draft 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. Preserved 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

    2018 Revised Draft Action Plans

    2017 Public Review Draft 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. The champion is not responsible for completing the action, but serves to facilitate and guide the Action Team. While suggested action steps are included in the guide, each community should develop more specific assignments based upon available community resources such as volunteers (e.g., individuals, businesses, property owners, etc.), community groups (e.g., chamber of commerce, non-profits, etc.) and organizations (e.g., scouts, community service districts, churches, schools, etc.). This step of planning for implementation is an important first 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 organizations and agencies that can provide guidance and advice.

    A more detailed Implementation Plan will also be developed. The Implementation Plan will include information about how to inform the County about changes to your Community Action Guide. In addition, the County will want to know when work starts on an Action Statement and when each Action Statement is completed. It is important for the community to celebrate as actions are fulfilled.

    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 Action Guide.



  • 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.