Pioneertown Communities

Community Action Guide

In 2016, the community embarked on a planning process to develop a community plan. Two public workshops were held on September 13, 2016 and November 15, 2016. These workshops, open to any Pioneertown resident, business, or property owner addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Pioneertown aspires to be in the future. Workshop participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the community move forward to achieve its aspirations. This Community Action Guide is a framework of actions identified by the community and supports implementation of the actions by the community.

Who We Are

Pioneertown Communities value the fresh, clean air, wide open spaces, peace and quiet, and natural physical buffer from more urban areas that their rural setting provides. Residents promote sustainable growth and development within the community that creates a balance between creating economic opportunities and maintaining the small-town feel. This small-town feel is further enhanced by friendly neighbors who look out for each other and form the core of the Pioneertown Communities.

  • 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.

  • Community Values

    The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgment 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.

    As a community we value:

    • Western History and Culture. The Pioneertown Communities residents value the storied history and Old West culture that embodies the community.
    • Quality of Life. The Pioneertown Communities residents value the high quality of life provided by the rural setting and established community – a safe environment with fresh, clean air, wide open spaces, peace and quiet, and a natural physical buffer between Pioneertown Communities and the more urban areas nearby.
    • Natural Environment. The Pioneertown Communities residents value the natural beauty of the desert, including scenic vistas, wildlife, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and dark starry nights.
    • Managed Growth. The Pioneertown Communities residents value limited, sustainable growth and development that increase business opportunities for independent operators while striking a balance between the rights of property owners and the community’s desire to maintain the small town character of Pioneertown Communities.
    • Community. The Pioneertown Communities residents value community feel and unique place that is Pioneertown and surrounding communities. Friendly neighbors with shared interests look out for each other and form the core of the Pioneertown Communities.
  • Community Profile

    The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of the community. It is a gathering of objective data collected through secondary sources meant to inform and help facilitate discussion during the community meetings. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents during the community meetings, will highlight essential facets and “tell the story” of Pioneertown.

    2020 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.

  • A Preserved Old West Setting

    Pioneertown’s storied Old West-Hollywood past has left an indelible mark on the community, particularly characterized by the building facades along Mane Street and the ingrained western riding culture found within the community. These traditions remain unchanged even as Pioneertown communities continues to grow and evolve. Although the community is forward thinking, the Old West culture that has historically embodied Pioneertown remains uncompromised.

  • An Improved Water Supply

    Water availability is a critical element to life in Pioneertown communities with the prosperity of the community dependent upon access to adequate clean water supplies. A water management committee consisting of engaged community members is set up to advocate for the sustainability of community water supplies and to provide input to the County of San Bernardino on solutions to water accessibility, with the proposed water pipeline, hauled water, and other solutions remaining options.

  • Balanced Growth and a Viable Town Center around Mane Street

    There is a delicate balance between expanding business opportunities in Pioneertown communities and maintaining the rural desert lifestyle that residents of the community value. The community’s approach to responsible development that is primarily focused in the town center along Mane Street has achieved that equilibrium. Independent businesses that conveniently provide goods and services for the local community, while supporting sustainable tourism, have established themselves. These businesses have given the town center vibrancy and provide local jobs and additional tax revenue. The new investment in the area has also led to a restoration of the original buildings on Mane Street.

  • A Connected Community

    Although the broad spaces between people in the Pioneertown Communities is often what attracts individuals to live in the area, the stretches of open space can also hinder neighbors from getting to know one another. The residents of Pioneertown communities proactively counter this by organizing local events and activities that continue to grow each year, in an effort to build a cohesive community. A social committee was formed to plan quarterly events, from barbeques to trail riding, where residents have the chance to come together to meet their neighbors and exchange ideas. The expanded use of social media keeps the Pioneertown Communities residents in the know and provides an easy way for neighbors to connect.

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.