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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 initial 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 a first set of revisions that resulted from public review were incorporated into the Draft Community Action Guide, released for public review in August 2018. The 2019 Draft Community Action Guide reflects changes made in response to public comments on the 2018 Draft.
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.
2007 Community Plan Policy Matrix
This community has an existing Community Plan, adopted in 2007 , and intended to guide the future use, character, and independent identity of the community. As part of Countywide Plan, the County is consolidating goals and policies from both the overall 2007 General Plan and the 2007/2013 Community Plans into a single source of policy direction called the County Policy Plan. Consolidating policy into one document alleviates consistency issues and avoids redundancy between the General Plan and Community Plans. As a result, the policy direction is easier to navigate, understand, and implement.
To enable residents to better understand how the County addressed the existing Community Plan goals and policies in the County Policy Plan and elsewhere, the County created a Policy Matrix that lists each goal and policy from the current Community Plan and where it will be addressed in the future. This matrix was originally released in August 2018, alongside the 2018 Draft Policy Plan and 2018 Revised Draft Community Action Guides. The May 2019 Policy Matrix has been updated to reflect changes released with the 2019 Draft Policy Plan and the 2019 Revised Draft Community Action Guide.
This document was revised after the September 2018 regional meetings based on community input. To see changes to the document since 2018, view the tracked changes version below, in which new text is underlined while deleted text is struck out.
The Draft 2019 Community Action Guide for Public Review
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.
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:
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.
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:
Where Did the Goals, Policies, and Land Use Map for My Community’s Plan Go?
The existing Community Plan content was used in the development of the Community Action Guide and Policy Plan of the Countywide Plan. Goals and policies from the existing community plan, as well as proposed land use changes discussed during the community workshops, were considered for inclusion in the County Policy Plan and Land Use Map, components of the Countywide Plan. The Land Use Map will be adopted as part of the County Policy Plan. The content of the Community Action Guide focuses on those actions identified by the community that the community is willing to take to make desired changes to their community. The County Policy Plan and the Community Action Guides will be web-based, with adoption of the Countywide Plan in 2019.
- Policy Plan: the location for updated goals and policies that apply to unincorporated areas
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.
Who We Are
Phelan Piñon Hills has a strong sense of community identity. Phelan Piñon Hills values the preservation of the natural equestrian environment and the safe small-town community feel, with unhindered views and the cooperation of a rural community to guide its own future. The community strives to preserve the natural environment and small-town feel, make needed infrastructure improvements, and build upon local decision-making processes.
Strengths and Opportunities
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.
Proximity to Nature
Phelan Piñon Hills residents value the community’s open space and the close proximity to nature.
Phelan Piñon Hills residents value the historic roots and continued practices of animal keeping, gardening, and agriculture within the community.
Phelan Piñon Hills residents value unhindered views of sunsets and the stars.
Health and Safety
Phelan Piñon Hills residents value community safety, health, and the peaceful nature of the area.
Phelan Piñon Hills residents value the friendliness, independence, and cooperation of a rural community that guides its own future.
The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Phelan Piñon Hills. 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 “tell the story” of the Phelan Piñon Hills Community.
The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are fully implemented. 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. Preservation of the Natural Environment
The rural natural environment is one of the unique and defining characteristics of our community, and programs are in place to ensure it is preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. Local community organizations organize cleanup and educational programs focused on teaching homeowners and visitors how to properly respect the surrounding environment.
2. Small-Town Community Feel
Our community enjoys a variety of annual community events organized by local businesses and organizations that bring the community together and help us to continue to build a sense of pride in the Phelan and Piñon Hills areas. We enjoy the small-town community feel of the area and safeguard it through adoption of design guidelines to ensure that future development will continue to enhance the local community culture.
3. Community Safety
Phelan and Piñon Hills residents coordinate with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to organize training sessions on issues concerning safety in the area. Community members created educational materials in coordination with the County Code Enforcement Division on identifying and notifying potential code enforcement issues to create a cleaner and safer community.
4. Infrastructure Improvements
Phelan and Piñon Hills support minor infrastructure improvements in order to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors. A local committee provides input on all improvements, including street paving, sidewalks, and recreational trails. The committee’s primary responsibility is to ensure that all improvements are in keeping with the rural feel of the community. The infrastructure enhancements, while minimal, have improved safety and accessibility throughout the community.
5. Local Decision-Making
Our community collaborates with the County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department and develops educational materials to help residents to understand the opportunities to provide meaningful input in many of the decision-making processes within the communities. This practice results in projects that are welcomed as part of the community and fosters a better relationship between the community and the County. Additionally, Phelan and Piñon Hills residents feel a greater sense of local guidance in matters that impact their day-to-day lives.
Our Action Plans
The Action Plans consist of:
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.
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 plan.
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 the material.
Proposed Land Use Maps
- Policy Plan:the location for updated goals and policies that apply to unincorporated areas
Reports or Analysis
October 2017 Regional Meetings
Outreach Event #1 Materials
Outreach Event #2 Materials
Workshop #2 PowerPoint Presentation
Outreach Event #3 Materials
Workshop #3 PowerPoint Presentation
Draft Goals and Objectives
Initial Draft: Map of Current Land Use Districts
Initial Draft: Map of Areas of Change
Initial Draft: Map of Proposed Land Use Districts
Workshop with Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors
Planning Commission Staff Report
Planning Commission Workshop PowerPoint Presentation
Draft County Policy Plan webpage web
Draft County Land Use Plan webpage web
2007 Community Plan: Phelan / Pinon Hills is one of 14 communities in San Bernardino County that has an existing Community Plan to guide its future development, character, and independent identity. The County is updating these existing Community Plans to become more action oriented, while moving goals, policies, and figures into the Countywide Policy Plan.