High 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 High Desert Communities consist of Mountain View Acres and Spring Valley Lake within the Victor Valley. Mountain View Acres lies west of I-15 and south of Palmdale Road and is a residential community with some commercial uses to support the residents. Spring Valley Lake lies east of I-15 between Bear Valley Road and Happy Trails highway and is a planned community that consists of residential uses with supporting commercial uses focused around a manmade lake. These communities value their desert lifestyle and close knit communities. The High Desert Communities are focused on improving the quality of life for residents, keeping the community clean and crime free, and improving the infrastructure.
Strengths and Opportunities
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”. The survey information was used to create the Community Action Plans for Fundamental communities. The Community Action Guides are a framework of actions identified by the community and supports implementation of the actions by the community.
The High Desert Communities are a Fundamental community. Survey responses were received from Spring Valley Lake and Mountain View Acres. The Community Profile information is from responses provided from community members as well as general research. The word cloud was created using survey responses about the High Desert communities. The more a word or phrase was identified, the larger the word appears in the cloud.As part of the survey, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the plan. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud.
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.
In the High Desert Communities we value:
- Strong Community Ties. High Desert Communities value their neighbors, and the feeling of being a close knit community and the amenities available within their neighborhoods.
- Rural Desert Landscape. The High Desert Communities value the quiet, open desert landscape.
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 the online survey and secondary sources meant to inform and help facilitate discussion during the community meetings. The profile highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Spring Valley Lake and Mountain View Acres communities.
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 Clean and Close Knit Community
As a Community, the High Desert Communities residents worked together through regular community clean up days and created areas and events that bring the community together to foster the tight knit community.
Improve Public Safety
As a community, High Desert Communities residents created safe communities with a neighborhood watch program and street lights to decrease the vandalism and help residents feel safe. Traffic calming measures decrease accidents and improve the safety of pedestrians.
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.
A. Improve quality of life concerns
Advocate to the County to enforce parking violations in Mountain View Acres, especially those of vehicle storage.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
Advocate to the HOA to clean up the lake.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
Maintain a clean community by establishing community clean-up days several times a year.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
Advocate to the HOA to develop the RV and boat parking/storage facilities as originally planned.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
B. Improve community safety and reduce crime
Collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department to conduct “Coffee with a Cop” to improve communications and address local concerns.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
Develop a community neighborhood watch program.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
Advocate to the HOA to increase night patrolling in Spring Valley Lake.>>Download PDF Action Matrix
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