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  • Policies
    1. Policy LU-5.5 Transportation and infrastructure

      We consider military needs for operations and training when planning and improving local and regional transportation and infrastructure systems.

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  • Policies
    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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  • Policies
    1. Policy IU-5.6 Dig once approach

      We encourage infrastructure, telecommunication, and utility planning and projects to coordinate so that improvements are made concurrently or in such a manner that minimizes disruption to rights-of-way and reduces costs.

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  • Goals
    1. Goal TM-2 Road Design Standards

      Roads designed and built to standards in the unincorporated areas that reflect the rural, suburban, and urban context as well as the regional (valley, mountain, and desert) context

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    Policies
    1. Policy TM-1.1 Roadway level of service (LOS)

      We require our roadways to be built to achieve the following minimum level of service standards during peak commute periods (typically 7:00-9:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM on a weekday):
      • LOS D in the Valley Region
      • LOS D in the Mountain Region
      • LOS C in the North and East Desert Regions

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    2. Policy TM-1.2 Interjurisdictional roadway consistency

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

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    3. Policy TM-1.4 Unpaved roadways

      The County does not accept new unpaved roads into the County Maintained Road System, and we require all-weather treatment for all new unpaved roads.

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    4. Policy TM-1.5 Upgrading unpaved roads

      We support the paving of unpaved roads when funding is contributed through a local area funding and financing mechanism.

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    5. Policy TM-2.1 Context sensitive approach

      We maintain and periodically update required roadway cross sections that prioritize multi-modal systems inside mobility focus areas (based on community context), and vehicular capacity on roadways outside of mobility focus areas (based on regional context).

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    6. Policy TM-2.2 Roadway improvements

      We require roadway improvements that reinforce the character of the area, such as curbs and gutters, sidewalks, landscaping, street lighting, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. We require fewer improvements in rural areas and more improvements in urbanized areas, consistent with the Development Code. Additional standards may be required in municipal spheres of influence.

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    7. Policy TM-2.3 Concurrent improvements

      We require new development to mitigate project transportation impacts no later than prior to occupancy of the development to ensure transportation improvements are delivered concurrent with future development.

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    8. Policy TM-2.4 Atypical intersection controls

      We allow the use of atypical intersection concepts such as roundabouts when they improve traffic flow and safety compared to conventional intersection controls.

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    9. Policy TM-2.5 Context-based features

      When making road improvements, we provide feasible, context-based transportation features such as:
      • Chain installation and inspection areas in the Mountain Region
      • Slow-vehicle turnouts on roadways with steep grades
      • Limited on-street parking areas to serve snow-plow or emergency services
      • Passing lanes in rural areas
      • Vista areas along scenic routes

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    10. Policy TM-2.6 Access control

      We promote shared/central access points for direct access to roads in unincorporated areas to minimize vehicle conflict points and improve safety, especially access points for commercial uses on adjacent properties.

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    11. Policy TM-4.1 Complete streets network

      We maintain a network of complete streets within mobility focus areas that provide for the mobility of all users of all ages and all abilities, while reflecting the local context.

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    12. Policy TM-4.2 Complete streets improvements

      We evaluate the feasibility of installing elements of complete street improvements when planning roadway improvements in mobility focus areas, and we require new development to contribute to complete street improvements in mobility focus areas. In evaluating complete street improvements, we prioritize those in mobility focus areas that are within unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

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    13. Policy TM-4.9 Bike and pedestrian safety

      We promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety by providing separated pedestrian and bike crossings when we construct or improve bridges over highways, freeways, rail facilities, and flood control areas. We monitor pedestrian and bicycle traffic accidents and promote safety improvements in unincorporated high-accident areas.

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    14. Policy TM-5.4 Grade separations

      We support grade separations to reduce conflicts between rail facilities and roadways, subject to available funding.

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    15. Policy TM-5.7 Trucking-intensive businesses

      We require trucking-intensive businesses to pay their fair share of costs to build and maintain adequate roads.

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    Related Materials
    1. Policy Maps TM-1(A-E) Roadway Network (PDF | WEB)
    2. Policy Maps TM-3 Mobility Focus Areas (PDF | WEB)
    3. Policy Maps TM-4 SBCTA Bicycle Plan (PDF | WEB)
    4. Policy Maps TM-5 Goods Movement (PDF | WEB)
  • Policies
    1. Policy NR-3.12 Rights-of-way and easements

      We consider reserving portions of rights-of-way and easements found to be unnecessary for the ultimate buildout of roadways or flood control facilities for use as local pedestrian, bicycle, and/or equestrian trails.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy HW-3.1 Healthy environments

      We collaborate with other public agencies, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, and private developers to improve the physical and built environment in which people live. We do so by improving such things as walkability, bicycle infrastructure, transit facilities, universal design, safe routes to school, indoor and outdoor air quality, gardens, green space and open space, and access to parks and recreation amenities.

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    2. Policy HW-3.9 Community-driven improvements

      We provide resources and information to assist unincorporated communities with the implementation of Community Action Guides.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy HZ-2.4 Truck routes for hazardous materials

      We designate truck routes for the transportation of hazardous materials through unincorporated areas and prohibit routes that pass through residential neighborhoods to the maximum extent feasible.

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    2. Policy HZ-2.6 Coordination with transportation authorities

      We collaborate with airport owners, FAA, Caltrans, SBCTA, SCAG, neighboring jurisdictions, and other transportation providers in the preparation and maintenance of, and updates to transportation-related plans and projects to minimize noise impacts and provide appropriate mitigation measures.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Reduce traffic congestion by improving transit services, roadways and recreational networks for pedestrians and bicyclists, and transit riders.
      Action Statement B.1

      Advocate for improved transportation options and reduced automobile traffic through Big Bear City on State Route 18 and State Route 38, which become congested with tourist traffic during peak holiday weekends and seasons. Solutions should be integrated with valley-wide and regional strategies and may include transit improvements, shuttle services, streetscape improvements (including pedestrian and bicycle facilities), marketing, or transportation access guides implemented in coordination with Mountain Transit, the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, the City of Big Bear Lake, the California Department of Transportation, the Big Bear Valley Tourism Business Improvement District, and/or other relevant organizations.

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      Action Statement B.2

      IN PROCESS: Advocate for implementation of the Big Bear Valley Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Equestrian Master Plan in collaboration with partners such as the City of Big Bear Lake, County of San Bernardino Public Works, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, and the Southern California Mountains Foundation and under the leadership of the Big Bear Valley Trails Coordinator.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT D - Repave existing damaged streets and repaint street markings to improve traffic circulation
      Action Statement D.1

      Repave existing damaged streets and repaint street markings to improve traffic circulation.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Enhance pedestrian safety and mobility along Mentone Boulevard (Highway 38).
      Action Statement B.1

      Advocate and collaborate with Caltrans to develop a master plan for signage, striping, and lighting along Highway 38 that enhances public safety and pedestrian connectivity.

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

      Provide additional public amenities such as restrooms, seating areas, open space areas, and lighted pedestrian paths, walkways, and crosswalks in the Lake Drive area.

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      Action Statement A.2

      Install improved lighting in public spaces to promote activity and deter crime.

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      Action Statement A.4

      Construct sidewalks and additional or improved parking, to enhance safety and efficiency in business areas.

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT E - Improve public safety
      Action Statement E.5

      Identify infrastructure improvements that would increase and improve access within and between the communities.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Become a model gateway community to Joshua Tree National Park
      Action Statement C.6

      Construct a lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Twentynine Palms highway and Sunset Road.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Improve public and equestrian safety within Muscoy
      Action Statement C.6

      Construct traffic calming measures on State Street and major arterials.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Improve the overall safety of the community
      Action Statement A.1

      Coordinate with the County to design walkable routes to local schools, Helendale Community Park, and Silver Lakes’ parks to improve pedestrian safety.

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      Action Statement A.2

      Coordinate with the County to improve safety issues caused by Route 66 tourism on National Trails Highway by advocating for speed limit reductions, potential road improvements in high crash areas, targeted traffic enforcement, and an education program in conjunction with Route 66 tourism groups to educate tourists on road safety and high-risk behaviors caused by driver inattention or distraction.

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Improve the visibility and access to Helendale from Route 66 and Interstate 15
      Action Statement B.1

      Coordinate with the County to design a corridor plan for National Trails Highway that improves aesthetics, provides wayfinding and addresses safety from Oro Grande through Helendale.

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      Action Statement B.4

      Advocate for the County to re-evaluate an access strategy from Helendale to Interstate 15.

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      Action Statement B.5

      Coordinate with the County to re-evaluate a grade separated crossing at Shadow Mountain Road.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Improve the local road system for increased safety and function
      Action Statement C.2

      Partner with the Lucerne Valley & Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council on a project to install new and more readable street name signs throughout the communities.

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      Action Statement C.3

      IN PROCESS: Continue efforts to designate California State Highway 247/Old Woman Springs Road declared a Scenic Highway.

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      Action Statement C.5

      Explore desert road development standards that downplay the need for urban street improvements such as street lighting, curb and gutter, and sidewalks except as needed for safety.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Reduce the impacts associated with seasonal visitors and tourist activities
      Action Statement B.7

      Provide centralized parking with shuttles and pedestrian paths that connect key commercial recreational activity areas to reduce vehicle use and trips.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Preserve and enhance the unique environmental features of the Lake Arrowhead Communities and surrounding areas
      Action Statement A.3

      Coordinate with Caltrans to identify opportunities to provide tunnels and wildlife corridors under or over roadways as well as incorporating requirements as part of the development review process.

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT H - Maintain roadway infrastructure and improve traffic flow and vehicle safety within the communities
      Action Statement H.2

      Identify opportunities to improve safety and maintenance of private roads.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT B - Manage and improve open space recreational resources.
      Action Statement B.4

      Construct bike lanes for entire length of Lytle Creek Road.

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    2. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Retain natural beauty of community.
      Action Statement C.5

      Research the designation of Lytle Creek Road as a State Scenic Highway.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Enhance communication and cooperation with county, state, and federal institutions; especially Los Angeles County
      Action Statement C.2

      Coordinate with San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, the Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE) to identify appropriate locations for call boxes along Mt Baldy Road and, if viable locations exist, plan for installation.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT E - Improve public infrastructure
      Action Statement E.4

      Construct grade separation for railroad crossing at Fort Cady.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Create solutions for pedestrian safety concerns
      Action Statement A.4

      Coordinate with the school district to develop a parking plan and utilize existing parking lots to help address traffic flow and safety.

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      Action Statement A.6

      Advocate to the County Public Works Department to install signage and or road markings for speed reduction at the entrance to Oro Grande on National Trails Highway at Walton Drive.

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      Action Statement A.7

      Collaborate with businesses and advocate to the (County Public Works Department) to study and install on-street parking between Antique Station and Oro Grande Market on National Trails Highway.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT G - Improve traffic flow and vehicular safety
      Action Statement G.1

      Install arterial roadway improvements with asphalt paving, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks.

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      Action Statement G.2

      Investigate traffic safety at major intersections and in areas susceptible to vehicle/pedestrian conflict in conjunction with a Safe Routes to School Program.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT D - Improve transportation options and road conditions in Homestead Valley
      Action Statement D.1

      IN PROCESS: Achieve Scenic Highway designation for State Route 247.

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      Action Statement D.2

      Partner with Caltrans and the County on a project to install new and more readable street name signs and street markings to improve navigation and restore degraded existing street signs and markings as needed.*

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Preserve the historic western themed rural lifestyle
      Action Statement A.3

      Keep dirt roads in the community.

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