Bloomington

Community Action Guide

This Community Action Guide was created with the members and stakeholders of Bloomington through multiple workshops between 2015 and 2016. These workshops, open to any Bloomington resident or business, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Bloomington aspires to be in the future. Participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the community move forward to achieve its aspirations.

In October 2017, the results were released for public review as a draft community plan. In response to public comments, the plans were renamed Community Action Guides. This name change along with other revisions that resulted from the public review are incorporated in the 2018 Draft Community Action Guide.

Who We Are

Bloomington is the largest and most developed unincorporated community in San Bernardino County. The original Bloomington town was first laid out in 1887. Some of the original town remains in the area around Cedar Avenue and Valley Boulevard, but most has been replaced by Interstate 10 (I-10) and the Colton Rail Yard.

Today Bloomington is a residential mix of large-lot rural estate homes, contemporary single-family detached housing subdivisions, a small amount of rental apartments, and several mobile home parks. The areas along I-10 have a variety of industrial businesses, and there is a mix of small retail business and restaurants along Valley Boulevard and Cedar Avenue. With 700 acres of vacant land and a number of underutilized properties, Bloomington still has considerable development potential.

  • Strengths and Opportunities

    As part of the outreach process, participants listed strengths of and opportunities for their community.  Using this input, a word cloud (see below) was created to identify and illustrate the most prominent statements—the more frequently a word or phrase was written or said, the larger the word appears in the cloud.  This word cloud reflects some of the community’s key issues and helped develop the Community Plan’s Action Statements.

  • Community Values

    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.

    • Personal Safety. Bloomington residents value low crime rates and a common public awareness that people are safe from crime in their homes and in public
    • Clean and Attractive Neighborhoods. Bloomington residents value neighborhoods and districts with well-maintained properties and attractive landscaping, streetscapes, and buildings
    • Community Gathering Places. Bloomington residents value town centers with parks, plazas, and civic spaces that provide a location for the community to gather and socialize
    • New Development. Bloomington residents value a mix of housing types and densities, and attractive and convenient places for shopping, dining, and entertainment, while maintaining rural areas that foster a small town feel
    • Mobility. A balanced system where pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles can move efficiently and safely
    • Healthy Community. Improvement of regional air quality, programs to mitigate the health impacts of air quality, and expanded parks facilities and recreation programs
    • Economic Development. Businesses and investment that generate jobs and financial resources to support expanded public facilities and services, without degrading residential neighborhoods
  • Community Profile

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

    2019 Community Profile (opens in a new window)

The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating the community’s desired look and function once the Community Action Statements are fully implemented. This is a long-term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Action Statements.

  • Community Image

    Bloomington is a beautiful, clean community known to residents across the San Bernardino Valley as a great yet affordable place to live.

  • Local Economy

    Bloomington offers a local economy that provides jobs for residents, opportunities for entrepreneurs, and revenues for public facilities and services. Bloomington residents have the skills and education to qualify for well-paying jobs in Bloomington and in nearby cities.

  • Infrastructure and Mobility

    There is sufficient sewer service to support new businesses and new residential neighborhoods, and roadways that are maintained in good condition.

  • Quality of Life

    Bloomington contains great neighborhoods, parks and recreation centers, and local services, while maintaining a safe, small-town feel.

  • Town Centers

    The community enjoys attractive and well-maintained town centers with plazas, landscaping and street furniture, and community services. These spaces, filled with independent shops and restaurants, provide residents with options to shop, socialize, recreate, and participate in community events.

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.

  • A. Reduce the rate of crime in Bloomington relative to defined comparison communities
    Action Statements
    1. 1.1 Conduct a public safety community workshop.

    2. 1.2 Develop public safety community consensus and strategy.

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  • B. Eliminate zoning and code violations, reduce non-conformities, and ensure compliance with use permit conditions to protect the investments made by residents, property owners, and business owners.
    Action Statements
    1. 2.1 Conduct a code enforcement community workshop

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    2. 2.2 Develop code enforcement community consensus and strategy

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  • C. Facilitate the provision of sewer infrastructure and sewage treatment capacity to accommodate additional residential and business development in areas of Bloomington planned for more intense development.
    Action Statements
    1. 3.1 Evaluate potential sewer infrastructure needs

    2. 3.2 Develop sewer improvement community consensus and strategy

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  • D. Evaluate the feasibility and potential effectiveness of establishing truck routes to lessen traffic congestion and to reduce damage to roadways, and, if feasible, adopt designated truck routes, establish a program to upgrade truck route roadways, and prohibit truck traffic on non-truck route roads.
    Action Statements
    1. 4.1 Define the challenge and intended outcomes of a truck route plan

    2. 4.2 Prepare a truck route plan

    3. 4.3 Develop truck route community consensus and strategy

    4. 4.4 Establish final truck routes with collaboration and approval by Department of Public Works, County Board of Supervisors, and California Highway Patrol

    5. 4.5 Plan and Construct Improvements (Department of Public Works)

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  • E. Generate revenue to offset impacts of new development in Bloomington by establishing new development impact fees and financing districts, and also restricting the use of that revenue to improvements in Bloomington
    Action Statements
    1. 5.1 Present a summary of development impact fee and financing districts

    2. 5.2 Community Development and Housing Department conducts nexus studies and drafts ordinance

    3. 5.3 Prepare and adopt a development impact fee ordinance

    4. 5.4 Conduct a financing districts community workshop

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  • F. Reduce incidence of health issues related to air quality by providing or expanding targeted programs—such as expansion of the breath-mobile, in-home health consultations, and air filters for sensitive receptors.
    Action Statements
    1. 6.1 Municipal Advisory Council assesses health conditions in Bloomington (with support of Department of Public Health and South Coast Air Quality Management District)

    2. 6.2 Municipal Advisory Council conducts an air quality community workshop

      >>Download PDF Action Matrix

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