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  • Goals
    1. Goal LU-3 Annexations and Sphere Development

      Annexations and development in spheres of influence that improve the provision of public services to incorporated and unincorporated residents and businesses.

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    Policies
    1. Policy LU-1.3 Fiscal sustainability

      When determining fiscal impacts, we consider initial capital investments, long-term operations and maintenance, desired levels of service for public facilities and services, capital reserves for replacement, and impacts to existing uses in incorporated and unincorporated areas.

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    2. Policy LU-1.4 Funding and financing mechanisms

      We require the establishment of community facility districts, lighting and landscaping maintenance districts, and other types of funding and financing mechanisms for new development when the County determines that it may be necessary to maintain fiscal sustainability. We prefer the expansion of existing districts to the establishment of new districts.

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    3. Policy LU-1.5 Development impact fees

      We require payment of development impact fees to ensure that all new development pays its fair share of public infrastructure.

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    4. Policy LU-1.6 Tax sharing

      We may utilize tax sharing as a tool to extend public facilities and services from adjacent municipalities into unincorporated areas as an alternative to the County’s direct provision of public facilities and services when it is fiscally sustainable for the County.

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    5. Policy LU-2.6 Coordination with adjacent entities

      We require that new and amended development projects notify and coordinate with adjacent local, state, and federal entities to maximize land use compatibility, inform future planning and implementation, and realize mutually beneficial outcomes.

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    6. Policy LU-3.1 Annexation of unincorporated areas

      We support the annexation of unincorporated areas when it will result in a more effective and efficient provision of public services and a net fiscal benefit to the County.

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    7. Policy LU-3.4 Development project annexations

      When a property owner proposes annexation to facilitate new development adjacent to an unincorporated residential area, we prefer that the annexation includes the adjacent residential area.

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    8. Policy LU-6.1 Residential amendments that increase density in the Desert and Mountain regions

      We discourage policy plan amendments that would permit new development on lots smaller than 2.5 acres in the Desert regions and lots smaller than one-half acre in the Mountain region. We approve general plan amendments that would increase residential density only if:
      • The proposed change is determined to be compatible in accordance with policies
      LU-2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and 4.5.
      • Adequate infrastructure and services are available concurrently.
      • The increase in density would not degrade existing

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    9. Policy LU-6.2 Large residential development in the Desert and Mountain regions

      We require a specific plan or Planned Development process for proposed residential development in the:
      • North or East Desert regions: when the proposed development would include one or more lots that is 2.5 acres or smaller and the overall development would cover 40 or more acres.
      • Mountain region: when the proposed development would include one or more lots that is 1 acre or smaller and the overall development would cover 40 or more acres.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy H-1.4 RHNA transfers with annexation

      We work with the Southern California Association of Governments, Local Agency Formation Commission, and cities to develop agreements for the transfer of the regional housing need allocation as a precondition for annexations.

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    2. Policy H-5.2 Local and regional infrastructure

      We support the integrated planning and provision of appropriate infrastructure (including water, sewer, stormwater, and roadways) to create more livable residential environments. This effort will contain:
      • Cooperation with the San Bernardino Local Agency Formation Commission and service providers in service planning
      • Coordination of capital improvement planning efforts with cities and through the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
      • Review minimum improvement standards for rural areas in the update of the County development code
      • Coordination with the Southern California Association of Governments to include transportation improvements into the regional transportation plan

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    3. Policy V/H-1.4 Pre-annexation coordination

      For unincorporated islands that are planned for eventual annexation, we work with cities to encourage and approve residential projects that are consistent with the general plans and design guidelines for annexing cities.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy TM-1.2 Interjurisdictional roadway consistency

      We promote consistent cross-sections along roads traversing incorporated and unincorporated areas.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Improve the delivery of essential services to the community
      Action Statement A.3

      Advocate to the Twentynine Palms Water District to annex Wonder Valley and provide water connection to the community in order to provide a cleaner and more reliable source of water for residents.

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