County General Plan and Community Plans

Updating or developing Community Plans in unincorporated Morongo Basin communities has been part of the County's General Plan review and revision process. San Bernardino County has been undergoing review and revision of its 2007 General Plan since 2014, following the development of a Countywide Vision. MBCA has participated in meetings, hosted meetings, and sent comments to the County about our concerns.  This page provides resources to help you understand and effectively comment to the County about your responses to what they have developed.

Links to all Community Action Guides by District (added 10/2020)
   (or just the Development Code PDF)
Also, here are two support documents created by MBCA Director Pat Flanagan:
An analysis of the Joshua Tree Detailed Community Plan aka Suggested Action Plan that illustrates the unrealistic list of the draft Plan’s suggested projects and actions.

A sample result for utilizing keyword searches of County documents to find references to specific issues and concerns (for example “scenic”). 

The December 2, 2017 Eblast is devoted to explaining the meaning and status of the Community Plans and why it is so important for you to express concern by submitting a comment by the deadline.

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    San Bernardino County Provides a Short Term Rental Map

    Posted by · September 23, 2021 9:17 PM
    San Bernardino County now provides an online Short Term Rental Map for viewing permitted short-term rentals (STRs) in unincorporated areas of the County. While permitted and well-managed STRs provide income for local residents and businesses, the effects on quality of life due to the escalating number of such properties that are unpermitted and/or not well-managed have been increasing. 
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    SB County Takes Steps on Vacation Rentals

    Posted by · June 24, 2021 8:58 AM
    The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved an urgency ordinance at their June 22 meeting that significantly increases fines for illegally-operating short term rentals in unincorporated areas. The rural residential lifestyle in a healthy desert environment that MBCA works to preserve has been negatively affected by the proliferation of short-term rentals in the Morongo Basin. One problem is poorly managed or illegal properties with problematic guests and another is the greatly reduced availability of reasonable long-term rental housing for local residents. Articles in the Hi Desert Star and Desert Sun and KCDZ 107.7's report interview local hosts and residents and explore the problems and status of this issue.
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    EBlast December 1, 2020

    Posted by · December 01, 2020 10:36 AM
    • Joshua Tree Candidacy for Threatened Status
    • Desert Tortoise Candidacy for Endangered Status
    • Countywide Plan / Repeal of Community Plans
    • Stagecoach Solar
    • XPressWest Wildlife Crossings
    • Stinknet Invasive Plant!
    • Virtually Attend MBCA Board Meetings
    • Check the MBCA Calendar for Online Events
    • Support MBCA through Amazon Smile
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    Countywide Plan Adopted and Community Plans Repealed

    Posted by · October 27, 2020 9:51 PM

    At their October 27 meeting, the San Bernardino County Supervisors adopted all recommendations from Land Use Services concerning the new Countywide Plan, including repealing the 2007 Community Plans. During Public Comments preceding the vote, five MBCA Directors made public comments from the Joshua Tree and Hesperia video-connection sites, requesting the Supervisors adopt and update the 2007 Community Plans rather than repeal them. Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe asked County staff a number of thoughtful questions, including several related to MBCA’s concerns, then asked that the recommendation regarding the repeal of Community Plans be a separate vote. When that occurred, she voted against the repeal though it passed 4-1.

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    MBCA Requests County Retain Community Plans

    Posted by · October 24, 2020 1:07 PM · 2 reactions
    Since the process began over 5 years ago, MBCA has closely followed San Bernardino County's efforts to develop a Countywide Plan. The resulting plan is scheduled for adoption at the Supervisors' October 27th meeting and includes the repeal of the 2007 Community Plans. MBCA maintains that the existing Community Plans are necessary for unincorporated communities to have a say in future development. MBCA's comprehensive letter sent to the County's Land Use Services staff and Supervisors on October 23rd addresses the background and rationale of this argument.  The letter concludes:
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    Comments on Environmental Justice in Countywide Plan

    Posted by · September 15, 2020 1:27 PM
    MBCA has sent a letter to San Bernardino County Land Use Services and the Countywide Plan Coordinator with concerns about the Environmental Justice Policy proposed as part of the Countywide Plan. The Plan is due for consideration at a September 17 Planning Commission meeting. Of special concern is why Lucerne Valley has not been designated an "Environmental Justice Focus Area" (EJFA), and why other communities that should qualify by state descriptions do not qualify for the same protections.
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    Countywide Plan Public Comment Controversy

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 4:36 PM
    MBCA emailed San Bernardino County's Countywide Plan Coordinator Jerry Blum on September 4, 2020, expressing concern and dismay about the short timeline for public comment preparation before the Countywide Plan's appearance on the agenda of the Planning Commission on September 17. 
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    EBlast July 22, 2019

    Posted by · July 22, 2019 7:07 PM
    • Control the spread of Sahara Mustard
    • Paradise Valley Development Threatens Joshua Tree National Park
    • Stop Eagle Crest Energy
    • Stop Cadiz! SB-307 on Governors desk
    • Countywide Plan comments due August 15
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    Eblast April 11, 2019

    Posted by · April 12, 2019 12:04 PM
    • Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour: April 27 & 28, 2019
    • San Bernardino County RECE Policy 4.10: Update
    • Paradise Valley Development: Threatens Joshua Tree National Park
    • San Bernardino Countywide Plan: Update
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    EBlast August 19, 2018

    Posted by · August 20, 2018 8:24 AM
    • San Bernardino Countywide Plan
    • LUS regional meetings
    • San Bernardino County Fire Service Zone parcel fees and special meeting
    • San Bernardino County RECE 4.10
    • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Project
    • Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project
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