Oak Hills

Community Action Guide

In 2016, the community embarked on a planning process to develop a new community plan. Two public workshops were held on December 1, 2016 and January 26, 2017. These workshops, open to any Oak Hills resident, business or property owner, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Oak Hills aspires to be in the future. Plan 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. The goals and policies from the previous Community Plan were used to inform the guide and the Policy Plan portion of the Countywide Plan.

Who We Are

Oak Hills is located in the high desert adjacent to Hesperia. The community values its spacious lifestyle that is characterized by large open spaces, fresh air, dark skies and unobstructed vistas of the mountains and desert. The community embraces outdoor recreation and equestrian activities. Oak Hills aspires to expand its parks and recreation opportunities, increase the number of activities and events for residents and visitors, and build strong relationships with the County and the City of Hesperia.

  • 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:

    • Spacious Lifestyle. Oak Hills residents value open spaces and large lot sizes that allow for equestrian and recreational uses.
    • Natural Environment. Oak Hills residents value unobstructed vistas, dark skies, and the natural beauty of the surrounding desert and mountain environments.
    • Fresh Air. Oak Hills residents value the availability of clean and fresh air.
  • Community Profile

    The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Oak 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 “tells the story” of the Oak Hills Community.

    2019 Community Profile (opens in a new window)

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

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  • A. Preserve and enhance the rural characteristics of Oak Hills
    Action Statements
    1. Establish a Resource Conservation District (RCD) to protect open space areas and maintain them for low-impact recreation.

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    2. Advocate to San Bernardino County Land Use Services to develop “Dark Skies” requirements for buildings and outdoor lighting to minimize light pollution.

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    3. Launch a Native Gardening and Landscaping class, and make suitable plants available to local residents.

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    4. Collaborate with San Bernardino County Land Use Services to change the Rural Residential zoning in Oak Hills to be more responsive to community values and priorities, including allowing guest houses.

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    5. Encourage the use of rural materials, design elements, colors, and other features in new buildings, infrastructure, and signage.

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    6. Coordinate with the City of Hesperia to ensure Hesperia neighborhoods near Oak Hills are compatible with the community.

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    7. Work with the Hesperia Unified School District to appoint an Oak Hills representative to a School District Board subcommittee.

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    8. Paint the Oak Hills logo on water tanks and on other prominent pieces of public infrastructure as appropriate.

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  • B. Improve communication systems in Oak Hills
    Action Statements
    1. Work with local utilities to provide higher-speed Internet access for Oak Hills residents, including broadband internet (20Mbps or higher), free public hotspots, and improved cell phone reception.

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    2. Advocate with San Bernardino County to install an emergency warning and notification system.

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    3. Prepare a welcome packet to distribute to all new community members and businesses with information about Oak Hills.

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    4. Invite real estate developers to participate in the Oak Hills Property Owners Association meetings and events.

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    5. Collaborate with the US Postal Service to explore the options to create an innovative solution to post office services and implement the approach that is most suitable for Oak Hills.

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  • C. Improve road conditions, congestion, and traffic safety in Oak Hills
    Action Statements
    1. Establish a Special District to conduct road construction and maintenance activities in Oak Hills.

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    2. Advocate to San Bernardino County Public Works to study the road surfacing needs in Oak Hills, and pave and repave key roads to improve safety.

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    3. Collaborate with San Bernardino County Public Works and the local school district to conduct a circulation study around Oak Hills High School to identify the best strategies to improving traffic flow while also increasing safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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    4. Advocate to San Bernardino County Public Works and or form a Special District to install traffic calming features along key roadways and solicit funding.

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    5. Conduct an educational campaign, install signage, and consider increased patrols to support the safe and environmentally responsible use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs)

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  • D. Improve public safety within Oak Hills
    Action Statements
    1. Develop a code enforcement education program that includes printed materials and educational programs to educate residents about code issues and how to report illegal dumping.

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    2. Host regular community cleanups of trash and illegal dumping on public land and in public rights-of-way.

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    3. Create a Safety Coalition of community members and representatives from local safety organizations to provide safety education in Oak Hills and to act as a liaison between the community and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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    4. Include safety tips, including information on securing homes and businesses, in community newsletters.

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