First, let’s hearken back to the days of yesteryear, February, 1988,

when the “Lake Arrowhead Communities Plan” was adopted as San Bernardino County Planning Department Ordinance No. 3216.

The Lake Arrowhead Communities Plan Advisory Committee had thirty members representing Crestline to Green Valley Lake and included county planners and project support personnel. Included in the plan, and still hot topics today, were land use plans involving slope density and separation between homes for fire protection purposes. Community standards were developed for single residential buildings.

But times change, as did the County Board of Supervisors, who voted in 1989 to rescind all the community plans for the unincorporated areas of the entire County when the General Plan was updated.

In 2004, a required update of the San Bernardino County General Plan had to include all manner of new information, including things like the impact of green house gases. A decision was made to recreate the previous community plans (Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs Area) for inclusion into the new County General Plan.

Many of us became directly involved with the County-hired consultants, Hogle-Ireland, working to develop the new Community Plan. It took about three years, but the Board of Supervisors adopted the consensus plan in March, 2007.

So here we are again, beginning a series of public community meetings to draft updated Community Plans and to express our ideas about community standards.

What do you think our community should be like? There is no information yet on meeting dates and times, but they should get underway with public meetings in the Spring of 2015. Stay tuned and share an opinion!