East Desert Communities

Community Action Guide

In 2016, the County embarked on a planning process to update the fourteen existing Community Plans and create over 30 new plans for approximately 80 unincorporated communities. The strategic system of community planning is called the Community Planning Continuum with a continuum of plan-types to provide planning tools and resources to match local conditions and needs. The plan-types are Detailed, Framework, Foundation and Fundamental.

The East Desert Communities are located on the east side of the County. They include Nipton, Vidal, Vidal Junction and Rice.

  • Strengths and Opportunities

    East Desert Communities are a Fundamental community. An online survey was available for five months in early 2018. The survey requested information about communities including Values, Aspirations, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, local organizations and local history, see “Community Identified Issues”. Four surveys (2 Nipton, 1 Vidal and 1 Vidal Junction) were completed by residents of the East Desert Communities. The survey information was reviewed to create this Community Action Plan, but with the small number of responses, we are not including the specific responses. The Community Action Guides are a framework of actions identified by the community and supports implementation of the actions by the community. The information in this Community Action Guide is from general research and the survey responses.


  • Community Values

    The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the communities, 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.

    As a community we value:

    • Deep Historical Roots. East Desert Communities value their unique Wild West history, from gold mining to the famous outlaws that has shaped them into the communities that they are today.
  • Community Profile

    The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of the East Desert Communities. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from general sources, highlights essential facets and “tells the story” of the East Desert Communities.

    2019 Community Profile (opens in a new window)

The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating how the community desired 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.

  • Improve Public Safety

    As a community, residents improved the overall safety of the communities by working together. A neighborhood watch program has decreased the vandalism and helps residents feel safe. Regular community clean-up events are held to clean up litter from illegal dumping. The numerous abandoned structures are cleaned up or rehabilitated, and roads are maintained.

  • Improve Quality of Life and Growth of the Community

    To improve the lives of our residents in the East Desert Communities, more job opportunities have been created to allow for more residents to enter the work force.

  • Protect Historical Roots

    As a community, residents restored and preserved the important historical structures as places for future generations to learn about the unique history that led them to where they are today.

The Action Plans consists 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)


Expand each Focus Statement to see related Action Statements and download the Action Plan Matrices.

Download the Community Action Guide

Download the Community Action Guide in PDF format.