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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.

How to Develop Community and Neighborhood Parks

  • Overview
  • Potential Resources
  • Examples
  • References
  • Neighborhood and community parks improve physical and psychological health, enhance social interaction, and make neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work. Numerous studies have also shown that parks increase property values, reduce crime, and improve air and water quality.

    The County of San Bernardino builds, maintains, and operates regional parks, but does not have the financial resources to build and maintain community or neighborhood parks. Community and neighborhood parks are amenities that are generally provided within incorporated cities and/or master planned communities that have a homeowners� association. However, residents of unincorporated communities can develop and maintain a network of community and neighborhood parks by establishing a special district.

    A special district is a legal entity authorized under California law to provide a special service to a neighborhood or local community. The service is funded by an additional property tax assessment levied on all properties within the district�s boundaries.

    Recommended Actions for Citizens and Community Groups

    How to Establish a Special District provides recommended steps for citizens and community groups that are interested in establishing a special district.

    County Staff and County Partners that Can Provide Assistance

    The following County Departments and County partners can provide additional assistance related to community and neighborhood parks:

    � San Bernardino County, Special Districts Department
    157 West 5th Street, 2nd Floor San Bernardino, CA 92415-0450 909-387-5940

    � Local Agency Formation Commission for San Bernardino County
    215 North D Street, Suite 204 San Bernardino, CA 92415-0490 909-383-9900

  • Local citizens and community organizations that want to develop and maintain community and neighborhood parks will need to raise money to promote and raise support for the effort, and to pay for start-up expenses related to forming a special district. Potential funding resources may include:

    � Local businesses
    � Local citizens
    � Local civic and fraternal organizations (Lions Club, Rotary Club, religious organizations, etc.)
    � Foundations and philanthropists

    In addition, grant and technical assistant programs should be pursued through the following organizations:

    � The Trust for Public Land
    101 Montgomery Street, Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94104 415-495-4014 or 1-800-714-LAND

    � National Recreation and Park District
    22377 Belmont Ridge Road Ashburn, VA 20148-4501 800-626-6772

    � California Department of Parks and Recreation
    1416 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 800-777-0369

    � Parks and Recreation Grant Opportunities
    701 Devonshire Drive, C-25 Champaign, IL 61820 217-487-2395

  • Several park and recreation districts have been established for unincorporated communities in San Bernardino County. The following links provide information about these special districts:

    � Bloomington Recreation and Parks District
    � Big Bear Parks and Recreation District
    � Joshua Tree Recreation and Parks District
    � Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation
    � Oro Grande County Service Area 42
    � Wrightwood Park and Recreation District
    � Oak Glen Schoolhouse Museum and Park
    � Wonder Valley County Service Area 70M
    � El Mirage County Service Area (CSA) 70, Improvement Zone P-6
    � Hinkley: County Service Area (CSA) 70, Improvement Zone W
    � Lake Arrowhead: Mackay Park
    � Rim of the World Recreation and Park District


    The following resources provide additional information related to parks and special districts:

    � Local Agency Formation Commission for San Bernardino County
    � San Bernardino County, Special Districts Department
    � California Special Districts Association
    � California Association of Recreation and Park Districts

    References in the Digital Library

    � What�s So Special About Special Districts, A Citizens Guide to California�s Special Districts, Senate Local Government Committee, October 2010.

    � The Benefits of Parks: Why America Needs More City Parks and Open Space, The Trust for Public Land, 2003.


Second round of Community Plan workshops coming up!

The County wants to hear from you!

Over the past eight months, the Countywide Plan team has been visiting various unincorporated communities meeting with people and learning more about what people value about where they live and work. To date, more than 1,000 people have attended Countywide Plan workshops and shared their ideas about the future of their communities. The County has received thousands of comments on community values, local issues, and ways to make improvements.

Starting this September and running through January 2017, the County will be out in the field again soliciting feedback from 15 additional unincorporated communities, with two workshops conducted in each community. The first workshop for the first seven communities have been scheduled for September with the second workshops scheduled for November (see below).  The County will update existing Community Plans or create new plans based on local input.

Visit for meeting locations, additional information, and to sign up for email updates.

(6-8:30 p.m.)

  • Angelus Oaks
    September 14 & November 9
  • Homestead Valley (Landers, Flamingo Heights, Johnson Valley, and Yucca Mesa)
    September 12 & November 17
  • Lytle Creek
    September 12 & November 7
  • Morongo Valley
    September 14 & November 16
  • Mt Baldy
    September 13 & November 14
  • Pioneertown
    September 13 & November 15
  • San Antonio Heights
    September 15 & November 10
(November through January)
  • Baker
  • Daggett
  • El Mirage
  • Newberry Springs
  • Oak Hills
  • Oro Grande
  • Wrightwood
  • Yermo

Both workshops will provide the opportunity for those who live or conduct business in each community to talk one-on-one with County representatives and in groups with their community neighbors. At the first workshop, the County will facilitate discussions and obtain input about the local area’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges, and identify goals and objectives to improve each community. The second workshop will focus on specific implementation strategies and tools to achieve each community’s goals and objectives.

Visit the Community Plans website at for more information, including a comparison between the content of the existing Community Plans and the new Community Plans.  You can also find out more information about the overall Countywide Plan (an update of the current General Plan).

If your community is not identified on the website for a community plan and you would like the County to consider creating one in your area, please email the County at


In 2011, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Countywide Vision and in 2015, the County launched the preparation of the first Countywide Plan, which is being developed over the course of three years to enhance coordination with the public, with outside agencies and organizations, and within the County organization itself.  It will serve as a resource for efficient and effective decision-making regarding countywide services and resources.

The Countywide Plan includes a Community Plan program to guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities.


New Community Plan Workshops Scheduled

The County wants to know how YOU envision the future of your community:

  • What priorities do you have for your community?
  • What would you like your community to look like 20 years from now?
  • What unique qualities does your community have that you would like to preserve?

New Community Plan Workshops Scheduled!
Two workshop dates have been scheduled for your community! Click the “workshop” links below to see the workshop details (dates and locations) for each community. For all other communities not listed, please check back soon!

Overall Countywide Plan Outreach Schedule.
See how the Community Plan workshops fit into the Countywide Plan process by visiting the Project Schedule and About pages. Additional public meetings that address the communities and the overall County will take place during the next two years.

Get Involved Stay Informed!
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for email updates. Make sure to regularly check the What’s New? section for the latest Countywide Plan news and happenings. To see when the next workshop will be held for your community, visit the Meetings and Events page.

The County looks forward to seeing you in person at one of the upcoming workshops!


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.


Countywide Connection Newsletter

The very first issue of the Countywide Connection has been released! Newsletters will be prepared periodically over the next few years so that we can provide you updates with project progress and highlights at key milestones in the process.

The focus of this newsletter is community outreach. As you know, over the past year we have been out in the community gathering ideas, input, and recommendations to be considered as we prepare the Countywide Plan. The newsletter explains the process, provides excerpts of input we’ve received so far, identifies upcoming outreach efforts, and provides an overview of the schedule of next steps in the Countywide Plan process.

Future newsletters may include topics such as: how we grow, how we get around, how to improve County services, and how to create a more effective County government.

We encourage you to take a look at what we’ve done so far, and 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.

Have suggestions for articles or topics for future newsletters? Let us know!

Newsletter 1 Cover Page



Date: July 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Burnt Mill Beach Clubhouse, 27910 Lakes Edge Road, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

This is the third community workshop in the planning process for the Lake Arrowhead Communities Plan.

Highlights of this event include:

  • See the draft Goals and Objectives report generated from the second workshop
  • See the draft Land Use Plan generated from the second event
  • Discuss and rank specific actions that are necessary to achieve the goals and objectives

Click here for more information about the event and the Lake Arrowhead Communities Plan.

Take Survey #2 from the Detailed Community Plan Workshops

The County recently conducted the second series of public workshops in 11 areas of the County as part of an effort to update its Detailed Community Plans.  During these workshops, we asked attendees to tell us about and rank their community goals and objectives, potential land use changes, and infrastructure improvements. Click here to see if your community is addressed by a Detailed Plan.

Click here to take the 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, please click on the above link to take the survey.  Responses to this survey will be considered alongside the input we received for each community during Workshop 2.

The survey will remain open until May 20th, 2016.

Take Survey from Workshop #2

**Since Hilltop Communities’ Workshop #2 was rescheduled to Tuesday, May 3, 2016, we encourage you to still attend the workshop in person.

However, if you are unable to attend the workshop or have additional thoughts you want to share with us, click here to take a survey. Responses to this survey will be considered alongside the input we received for each community during Workshop 2.

The survey will remain open until May 20th, 2016.