Newberry Springs

Community Action Guide

In 2016, the community embarked on a planning process to develop a community plan. Two public workshops were held on November 30, 2016 and January 25, 2017. These workshops, open to any Newberry Springs resident, business, or property owner addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Newberry Springs 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

Newberry Springs is a community that values desert living and the serenity, independence, and access to nature it affords. recreation, open sky and access to nature. The community strives to take better advantage of its location on Route 66 to grow its economy by  developing more activities and services for local tourists. Newberry Springs prides itself on its self-sufficiency and maintains, through its Community Services District, a volunteer fire department, a large community park, a resident- built community building, and dark skies-compatible street lighting. A number of organizations give residents ample opportunity to be involved in community life and projects.

  • Strengths and Opportunities

    Community workshops were conducted in Newberry Springs 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 are 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:

    • Serenity and Desert Landscape. Newberry Springs values its setting in the Mojave Desert. Residents love the wide open spaces, clear night skies and quietness that are prime benefits of the community’s location.
    • Rural Living. Newberry Springs values the independence, large-lots, agricultural neighbors and small-town atmosphere associated with being a rural community.
    • Self-Sufficient and Tight-Knit Community. Newberry Springs values a community of good people, open communications and neighbors who are helpful and caring. They value their community independence and rely on one another, as a community, to solve problems and move Newberry Springs forward.
  • 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 the Newberry Springs Community.

    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 Reinvigorated Economy & Community

    We have grown the overall wealth of the community through re-establishing our tourism-based economy. We have fully capitalized on our presence on Route 66 by encouraging the development of eco-tourism businesses such as desert tours to give travelers a reason to stop and enjoy the community. Our weekly farmers and artists market showcases local produce and arts and crafts bringing visitors into the community. The bustle along Route 66 has attracted new businesses and housing to the immediate area creating a village atmosphere. Our cleanup committee has successfully improved the overall cleanliness of Newberry Springs through code violation education and volunteer cleanup days.

  • Improved Community Services

    We knew that successful economic growth would mean more investment in community services for our residents. The fire department has recruited additional volunteers, provided additional training and developed a better communications system and water supply. Through negotiations with the Mojave Water Agency, we have partnered to solve water access issues. Internet is now available throughout the community allowing our residents better access to information, education and the ability to develop home-based businesses.

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)

FOCUS STATEMENTS

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

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