Countywide Plan Open Houses planned for eight sites in October

By on September 14, 2017

San Bernardino County’s current Countywide Plan – launched in 2015 – is both a working plan and one in development over a three-year period of time. The plan is based on the creation of the Countywide Vision which included input from over 100 topical experts, 25 special districts and agencies, 18 community meetings, and over 3,600 resident surveys gathered in 2010 to 2011.

Now the Countywide Plan is looking to update and create new Community Plans to help guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities. The future of the County’s unincorporated areas is currently guided by the 2007 General Plan and 13 Community Plans. The Countywide Plan will include innovative and action-oriented updates of those documents and will also expand the total number of Community Plans from 13 to 27.

Toward these goals, the public is invited to one or all of a series of eight open houses in October where the progress of the Countywide Plan will be discussed along with a variety of topics including: Land Use (current & proposed); Draft Community Plans; public safety and security; economic & social resources; health & wellness; circulation & mobility; natural resources & hazards; public & social services; environmental justice; and web-based maps.

Everyone is welcome at any of the open houses. The Countywide Plan will touch on aspects that may affect anyone who lives, works or owns property in a city, town, or unincorporated community within the county. In addition to residents, the county is encouraging the attendance of service providers, nonprofits, the business community, and representatives from local, state, federal, and tribal agencies.

The meetings will include the opportunity to review the proposed Land Use Plan, review draft Community Plans, and explore new web-based maps. You will also have the chance to share your thoughts and ideas by completing a survey, filling out a comment card, or discussing issues and questions with county staff members. People are invited to share their thoughts at the selfie station; children can get involved through a coloring activity.

The first two Countywide Plan Regional Open Houses will be held on Wednesday, Oct 4 including one at the Yucaipa Community Center at 34900 Oak Glen Road. The meeting will be held between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other Countywide Plan Regional Open Houses will be held:

Crestline – October 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Barstow – October 5, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rialto – October 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ontario – October 10, 3 to 7 p.m.

Joshua Tree – October 11, 5 to 8 p.m.

Hesperia – October 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Big Bear Lake – October 12, 5 to 8 p.m.

Those wishing to attend any of the above meetings can drop in at any of posted times. For those who cannot participate in person, please visit www.countywideplan.com/surveys  to take an online survey.  Additionally, the Draft Community Plans will be available for review online in advance of the regional open houses at www.countywideplan.com/cp.