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  • Goals
    1. Goal H-1 Housing Production and Supply

      A broad range of housing types in sufficient quantity, location, and affordability levels that meet the lifestyle needs of current and future residents, including those with special needs.

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    2. Goal H-2 Governmental Development Regulations

      An efficient administrative process that recognizes the need for efficient and timely review of residential projects while also ensuring and valuing the need for quality design, environmental review, and planning.

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    3. Goal H-3 Housing and Neighborhood Quality

      Neighborhoods that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community, and enhance public and private efforts in maintaining, reinvesting in, and upgrading the existing housing stock.

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    4. Goal H-5 Implementation and Monitoring

      A planning and monitoring system whereby housing, employment, environmental, and other program data are integrated in a cohesive manner to implement the County’s housing vision.

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    5. Goal V/H-1 Valley Region

      A diversity of housing and neighborhood improvement and preservation strategies that address the needs of residents living in county islands and spheres of influence

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    6. Goal M/H-1 Mountain Region

      A diversity of housing products that respects and complements the topography, character, and lifestyle of the Mountain Region

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    7. Goal D/H-1 Desert Region

      Residential land use patterns that enhance and preserve the rural character valued by the residents of the Desert Region.

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    Policies
    1. Policy H-1.1 Appropriate range of housing

      We encourage the production and location of a range of housing types, densities, and affordability levels in a manner that recognizes the unique characteristics, issues, and opportunities for each community.

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    2. Policy H-1.2 Concurrent infrastructure

      We support the integrated planning and provision of appropriate infrastructure (including water, sewer, and roadways) concurrent with and as a condition of residential development to create more livable communities.

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    3. Policy H-1.3 Quality multiple-family standards

      We enforce multiple-family residential development standards, amenity requirements, and other regulations to ensure the development of quality rental and homeownership opportunities for residents.

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    4. 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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    5. Policy H-1.5 Life-cycle costs

      We encourage energy-conservation techniques and upgrades in both the construction and rehabilitation of residential units that will reduce the life-cycle costs of housing.

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    6. Policy H-2.1 Development Code review

      We review the Development Code regularly for possible revisions that might unduly constrain the production or rehabilitation of residential development.

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    7. Policy H-2.2 Small lot sizes

      We continue to utilize Planned Development density bonus and density transfer provisions as described in the County Development Code to allow the development of lot sizes less than that normally required by residential land use districts.

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    8. Policy H-2.3 Flexible standards

      We allow flexibility in the application of residential and mixed-use development standards to gain benefits such as exceptional design quality, economic advantages, sustainability, or other benefits that would not otherwise be realized.

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    9. Policy H-2.4 Incentives

      We maintain incentives that can be offered when projects provide benefits to the community such as exceptional design quality, economic advantages, environmental sustainability, or other benefits that would not otherwise be realized.

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    10. Policy H-2.5 Certain and transparent process

      We maintain a residential development review process that provides certainty and transparency for project stakeholders and the public, yet allows for the appropriate review to facilitate quality housing development.

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    11. Policy H-2.6 Critical infrastructure

      We ensure that the efficient provision of critical infrastructure accompanies residential development and the building of complete communities, and ensure that the costs are fairly apportioned to the development community.

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    12. Policy H-3.1 Public Services, amenities, and safety

      We support the provision of adequate and fiscally sustainable public services, infrastructure, open space, non-motorized transportation routes, and public safety for neighborhoods in the unincorporated area.

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    13. Policy H-3.2 Code enforcement

      We support the timely removal of neighborhood blight through graffiti abatement, abandoned or inoperative automobile removal, trash and debris removal, housing repair, and other code enforcement efforts.

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    14. Policy H-3.3 Housing maintenance

      We enforce all applicable state and county health, safety, building, and zoning laws directed at housing and property maintenance to maintain healthful, sound, and attractive residential properties.

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    15. Policy H-3.4 Housing rehabilitation and improvement

      We encourage the rehabilitation, repair, and improvement of single-family, multiple family housing, and mobile homes and, if needed, the demolition of substandard housing through available loan and grant programs.

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    16. Policy H-3.5 Inspection of subsidized housing

      We inspect or facilitate the inspection of assisted multifamily rental housing, contract shelters, voucher hotels, and other housing projects on a regular basis to ensure that properties are regularly repaired and maintained in good condition.

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    17. Policy Policy H-3.6 Neighborhood improvements

      We support comprehensive neighborhood efforts to address housing conditions, property maintenance, infrastructure repair, public safety, landscaping, and other issues affecting the livability of neighborhoods

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    18. Policy H-4.1 At-Risk units

      We preserve publicly assisted and multiple-family housing units that are at risk of converting from lower income affordability to market rents due to the completion of affordability covenants or funding contracts.

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    19. Policy H-4.2 Rental assistance

      We support the provision of rental assistance to qualified extremely low, very low, and low income households and special needs households served by the County Housing Authority, Department of Behavioral Health, and other County entities.

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    20. Policy Policy H-4.3 Homeowner assistance

      We support the expansion of homeownership opportunities and preservation by offering financial assistance when available, working in collaboration with partners to increase funding, and supporting foreclosure prevention programs.

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    21. Policy Policy H-4.4 Modernize and replace multiple-family projects

      We support the Housing Authority’s efforts to modernize and replace, where needed, existing multiple-family projects to provide safe, sound, and affordable housing options for qualified low income individuals and families.

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    22. Policy Policy H-4.5 Nonprofit partnerships

      We continue to form and strengthen partnerships with nonprofit organizations, public agencies, community-based organizations, and housing developers in order to increase housing opportunities for very low and low income and special needs households.

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    23. Policy Policy H-4.6 Housing discrimination

      We further fair housing opportunities by prohibiting discrimination in the housing market; providing education, support, and enforcement services to address discriminatory practices; and removing potential impediments to equal housing opportunity.

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    24. Policy H-5.1 Reporting activities

      We support the planning and reporting of housing activities throughout the County in a manner that can be readily integrated into the housing element and useful for the development and refinement of policy and programs. This effort will contain:

      • Annual housing element production totals
      • Grantee performance reports for the consolidated plan
      • Projects funded by the Department of Behavioral Health
      • Progress in the Homeless Service Continuum of Care efforts

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    25. Policy V/H-1.1 Housing compatibility

      We encourage housing types and designs that are compatible with established land use patterns and the environment of the region, including single-family dwellings, mobile home parks/manufactured home land-leased communities, and apartments.

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    26. Policy V/H-1.2 Rehabilitation target areas

      We identify areas targeted for rehabilitation to enhance the housing inventory of the Valley Region. These areas may include but are not limited to: North Chino, West and South Fontana, South Montclair, Bloomington, Muscoy, and other, similar areas

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    27. 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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    28. Policy M/H-1.1 Site design

      We regulate the density, mass, and height of residential development in hillside areas in order to reduce fire hazards, prevent erosion, preserve natural viewsheds, and maintain the forest character of the Mountain Region.

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    29. Policy Policy M/H-1.2 Building design

      We require architecture and outside facades of residential development that are in keeping with the mountain character; use natural woods, wood composite materials, and masonry as much as practicable.

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    30. Policy M/H-1.3 Single family building size

      We ensure that development standards for single family homes result in building sizes that are limited to size and scale that are compatible with existing development and the character of the Mountain Region.

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    31. Policy M/H-1.4 Protection of scenic qualities

      We use the planned development permit or other discretionary reviews to regulate the density and configuration of residential development along the shores of all mountain lakes or on slopes to protect their scenic qualities.

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    32. Policy M/H-1.5 Grouping or clustering

      We encourage the grouping or clustering of residential buildings where this will maximize the opportunity to preserve significant natural resources, natural beauty, or open space within the density limits of the underlying zone.

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    33. Policy D/H-1.1 Rural living pattern

      We encourage lower density residential development in the Desert Region by retaining Rural Living (RL) zoning in Community Planning Areas that are outside of city spheres of influence and removed from more urbanized community core areas.

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    34. Policy D/H-1.2 Rural-scale infrastructure

      We discourage urban-scale infrastructure improvements (e.g., such as curbs, gutters, and street lighting) for different communities in the Desert Region in cases where public health, safety, and welfare are not endangered.

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    35. Policy D/H-1.3 Waterwise landscaping

      Where multiple-family apartment projects are required to have landscaping, we encourage water-conserving, drought-tolerant, or native landscaping that is capable of surviving a desert climate.

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    36. Policy D/H-1.4 Funding priorities

      As funding becomes available, we prioritize the use and application of grants and loans for housing rehabilitation, energy conservation retrofits, and water conservation retrofits for housing in the Desert Region.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy HW-1.1 Coordinated holistic approach

      We invest in a holistic approach to individual health and wellness to improve the continuum of care, providing coordinated services through departments and agencies associated with human services, economic development, law and justice, and housing, as well as other agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

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    2. Policy HW-1.7 Upstream issues

      We collaborate with partners to address upstream issues related to the social determinants of health and social stability (e.g., income, education, housing, neighborhood conditions, and job skills), and to reduce the occurrence of and costs associated with responding to acute and chronic conditions, while complying with federal, state, and local mandates.

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    3. Policy HW-1.9 Homelessness

      We address homelessness by coordinating a comprehensive countywide network of service delivery and by focusing on transitional and permanent supportive housing for the homeless, including the chronically homeless and near-homeless families and individuals.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy HZ-3.4 Residential Improvements

      In directing discretionary housing improvements investments in unincorporated communities, we encourage and prioritize investments that also address environmental conditions identified in the Hazard Element tables. We utilize code enforcement activities to enhance structural safety and property maintenance in environmental justice focus areas.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT 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 Statement C.1

      3.1 Evaluate potential sewer infrastructure needs

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      Action Statement C.2

      3.2 Develop sewer improvement community consensus and strategy

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT 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 Statement E.1

      5.1 Present a summary of development impact fee and financing districts

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      Action Statement E.2

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

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      Action Statement E.3

      5.3 Prepare and adopt a development impact fee ordinance

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Improve the quality of our built environment to enhance community health, safety, neighborhood character, and the image of our business corridors.
      Action Statement A.7

      Promote cleanup and repurposing of underutilized properties along Big Bear Boulevard, in Fawnskin, and in other key locations as identified by program partners.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Improve housing options for Baker residents
      Action Statement A.1

      Coordinate with San Bernardino County Land Use Services on a community proposal to study subdivision and zoning requirements in Baker to better allow for a diverse and affordable housing stock.

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      Action Statement A.2

      Advertise and promote U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Residential Development Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants program to eligible residents as a source of financing for home repair.

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      Action Statement A.3

      Promote housing assistance programs available through San Bernardino County including the California Homebuyer Fund and the California Homebuyer’s Down-payment Assistance Program.

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      Action Statement A.4

      Work with San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency, San Bernardino County Department of Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Rural Development to better understand grant and loan programs available to provide for and improve housing in Baker.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Provide a unified downtown area that is active and thriving
      Action Statement A.3

      Encourage property owners to maintain and improve their properties (e.g. new paint, façade improvements, trash/debris clean-up).

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Promote responsible and sustainable development consistent with Lucerne Valley’s rural character
      Action Statement B.4

      Partner with a housing advocacy group or nonprofit to identify and rehabilitate existing housing stock, recognizing a number of existing homes are in need of repair or have been abandoned.

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      Action Statement B.5

      Investigate methods of financing a revolving fund to assist with the rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes, which would improve the community’s aesthetics while creating local jobs for contractors and handy-men.

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT D - Improve Lucerne Valley’s water and sewer infrastructure with a focus on the community’s sustainability
      Action Statement D.1

      Encourage community members to lobby the California State Legislature to change state law to allow hauled water for certain types and locations of homes.

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    3. FOCUS STATEMENT E - Improve the delivery of essential services such as police and fire to the community
      Action Statement E.5

      Treat our local homeless and disadvantaged population with respect and assist them with finding adequate housing.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Improve community safety and reduce crime
      Action Statement B.3

      Collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership to provide services to those experiencing homelessness in Oro Grande.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Celebrate and maintain the rural character of Phelan Piñon Hills.
      Action Statement A.1

      Establish an educational program to educate community members on private-property lighting that is dark skies compliant.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Improve the quality of the community to enhance the quality of life for citizens
      Action Statement A.1

      Collaborate with County Code Enforcement to address illegal dumping and sub-standard housing.

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Enhance Public Safety
      Action Statement C.4

      Meet with County Code Enforcement to rehabilitate substandard housing.

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