This part of the website is setup to show P4’s active commitment to the legitimate preservation of Pioneertown, its charm, history and delicate relationship with tourism.
It is fair to say that about 8o% of the issues addressed in the County’s Pioneertown Communities Plan are concordantly addressed in P4’s plan!
Focus Statements that P4 shares in common with the Pioneertown Communities Plan begin with a * , are underlined and include a detailed response while those which P4 would not have any direct effect over are addressed simply by stating P4’s opinion of the matter.
* Pioneertown Community Focus Statement A: Preserve the Historic Western Themed Rural Lifestyle
*Action Statement A.1: Preserve and Restore Original Buildings in the Community.
It should go without saying that P4 is committed to restoring and Preserving the original buildings in the community. While P4 itself isn't very active with the preservation and restoration of original buildings in the community, I, KEN, am extremely active in doing so. I have worked with the county numerous times on Pioneertown's behalf.
*Action Statement A.2: Collaborate With the County to Maintain the Old West Theme of the Community by Creating Architectural Design Guidelines For New Construction.
I KEN, have personally worked with the Friends of Pioneertown to help establish design guidelines with the County for new construction on Mane Street. Preserving the Old West theme of the community is one of P4’s top priorities!
*Action Statement A.3: Keep Dirt Roads in the Community.
All of P4’s Roadways and Parking Lots will ideally be dirt or gravel. But we are at the mercy of the county in this case. If the county won't allow dirt or gravel roads up to and throughout the cemetery, then P4 aims to find the best suited rustic pavement possible.
*Action Statement A.4: Promote Community History Awareness.
P4’s commitment to history awareness is a top priority. The name of the project is “Pioneertown Preservation Park” and the preservation and promotion of local history is intricately intertwined into P4’s plans.
Action Statement A.5: Install Street and Wayfinding Signage Consistent With the Western Theme.
P4 won’t really have the authority to install street signage anywhere except on our own land. However, P4 will proudly comply with whatever Western Themed signage is enforced by the community.
*Action Statement A.6: Protect Residential Equestrian Uses That Are Part of the Old West Heritage.
P4 is big promoter of equestrian amenities in Pioneertown! Furthermore, P4 hopes to reintroduce equestrian amenities back into Pioneertown including "Preservation Path", a trail from P4 to Mane Street through Wildlands property as well as sanitary public drinking water for horses visiting Mane Street.
*Action Statement A.7: Protect, Maintain, and Expand Open Spaces in the Community.
While protecting and maintaining the open spaces in Pioneertown are not exactly within P4’s authority, we are all for protecting every last inch of Pioneertown! As for expanding open spaces in the community, P4 does intend to establish new services and buildings in Pioneertown. But, it is wholeheartedly committed to preserving the Western Theme of the town.
For example, even if absolutely every single amenity that P4 is proposing was approved and funded, then we are still looking at an actual footprint of new development in Pioneertown that is equivalent to the size of the General Mercantile Shop, the Jackhass Saloon/Museum a few of the plots north of (or behind) the Motel that has recently been cleaned up and decorated by the Pioneertown Motel.
P4 intends to offer plenty of amenities in a very limited amount of space and intends to glorify and preserve as much of Pioneertown as possible.
* Pioneertown Community Focus Statement B: Promote Balanced Growth and a Viable Town Center Around Mane Street.
As a shop keeper on Mane Street for the last seven years, this has been a top priority and will always remain a top priority.
*Action Statement B.1: Advocate With the County to Establish a Commercial Zoning Overlay on Mane Street That Restricts Big Box Retail, Encourages Neighborhood Commercial Scale Retail, and Establishes Flexibility For Locally-Grown Businesses.
Again, I have personally worked with the Friends of Pioneertown to help Pioneertown establish new design guidelines with the County for new construction on Mane Street. P4’s plan introduces more business to Pioneertown that intends to employ and provide health care and other benefits for residents of Pioneertown.
Action Statement B.3: Advocate For a Sustainable Water Supply System Accessible By Local Businesses.
The introduction of a sustainable water supply system to Pioneertown’s businesses has finally come. If you look at the ABOUT K.B.G. Section of this website, you can see a picture of the new system in action. I'm the one smiling as I feel the water flowing through it. ;)
* Pioneertown Community Focus Statement C: Manage Tourism in Pioneertown.
Action Statement C.1: Prepare a Traffic and Parking Plan to Better Manage Traffic and Parking Issues Due to Visitors and Tourists.
While this particular statement’s overall goal isn’t within P4’s means or authority, if P4 is able to establish the Parking Lots, the Ride Options and Preservation Path, each should have a positive effect on managing parking issues due to visitors and tourists. Furthermore, P4 would be proud to help Pioneertown establish a better means of managing traffic in town.
*Action Statement C.2: Promote Compliance With Dark Sky Regulations and Noise Regulations.
There is nothing quite like the nights in Pioneertown! P4 is absolutely pro dark and quite nights! The lighting that P4 intends to employ will be within the strictest of anti-light-pollution policy. P4 would also love to help reintroduce the (SAFE) use of a few gas powered flame lights on Mane Street.
P4 is a cemetery project. Cemeteries are not places that promote loud, unnecessary nighttime noise.
It should be noted that while P4 does intend to illuminate a Christmas Tree atop the mountainside just north of Pioneertown's Mane Street every holiday season, we don't intent to be obnoxious. This tasteful holiday decor will likely get little to no flak.
Action Statement C.3: Encourage the County to Prepare and Enforce Regulations For Short-Term Rentals (e.g., Airbnb).
This is a very tricky issue as a great number of residents in the Pioneertown communities own and run Airbnb and other short-term rentals. Furthermore, a good deal of the steady and off-season tourism in Pioneertown is a direct result of the success from some of these local short-term rentals.
But there are obvious issues of major concern regarding the current short-term rental system in the area. P4 is absolutely in support of the County enforcing any regulations that would benefit Pioneertown and San Bernardino County.
P4's plans don't include any short-term accommodations. Quite the opposite, in fact.
*Action Statement C.4: Coordinate and Design a Pamphlet Educating Visitors and Residents on the Rural Desert Lifestyle.
I have personally designed a four page (1 Page folded in half to make 4 pages) pamphlet which I handed out on Mane Street as well as a free website to educate visitors about Pioneertown and the desert lifestyle. www.VisitPioneertown.com
P4 is all for any other designs and promotions to help educate both residents and the general public.
Action Statement C.5: Advocate With the County to Reduce the Speed Limit on Pioneertown Road.
Again, this is a tricky issue. There are a great number of Pioneertown residents who want the speed limit to stay the same and there are a great number of Pioneertown residents who want the speed limit to be reduced.
P4 stands for both whatever the majority of Pioneertown residents deem the right decision and whatever the County deems the safest decision.
*Action Statement C.6: Promote Tourism Via a Pioneertown Website.
P4 is already doing that. You are reading this on a website that is dedicated to both promoting P4 and Pioneertown in general. I have also created a free website, Visit Pioneertown, to help promote tourism as well as historical and current information about Pioneertown.
P4 is happy to work with any other group or website that is interested in educating residents and tourists on Pioneertown's news and history.
*Action Statement D.1: Promote Communication Between Residents and Conservation Agencies Such as The Wildlands Conservancy.
P4 is completely for the promotion of any communications between residents and conservation agencies. A great example of P4's previous work on the matter would be the creation of Pioneertown Radio Station, which anyone in the community can use to help promote themselves to both the residents and visitors of Pioneertown.
*Action Statement D.2: Provide Community Educational Materials Regarding Recycling.
P4 is also pro recycling! As mentioned above, a great way to advertise or promote to residents of and visitors of the Pioneertown communities is through the use of Pioneertown Radio Station. This radio station can easily promote recycling pickup events and educational information.
*Action Statement D.3: Educate the Community About Restricting Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Usage and Increase Awareness.
P4 does not promote the usage of OHVs in any area that is not permitted for the use of off-highway vehicles. That being said, a great many residents in Pioneertown own and use OHVs and the area was once a very accepting home to OHV enthusiasts.
P4 is happy to help educated the visitors of Pioneertown with current OHV Laws and will proudly support the county enforced OHV usage laws in Pioneertown which are best suited for the residents.
*Action Statement D.4: Promote and Educate Residents and Visitors About the Sand to Snow National Monument.
An intricate aspect of P4’s overall goal is to help educate the general public as well as Pioneertown residents. The establishment of the Sand to Snow Monument has a very big and lasting effect on the area surrounding Pioneertown. As so, it would easily be one of the many subjects that P4 will happily educate the public about.
*Action Statement D.5: Educate Residents About Invasive Weed and Plant Species.
As mentioned above, a prime goal of P4 is education; local education in particular.
*Action Statement D.6: Protect Wildlife Found in the Community.
P4’s Plan calls for glorifying its land. Wildlife is a very big part of this community and all of the San Bernardino County! A great number of the community amenities P4 proposes to establish would benefit the local wildlife.
*Action Statement E.1: Establish a “Friends of Pioneertown Communities” Social Committee to Organize Local Events and Activities, Including Barbeques, Barn Dances, and Trail Rides.
P4 is absolutely for anything that helps to promote the Pioneertown Community! There are actually a handful of social committees/organizations that already do a great job of organizing local events and activities. P4 is proud to promote them in any way possible and I, KEN, have already been doing this for years.
*Action Statement E.2: Promote Expanded Use of Social Media Such As Nextdoor to Keep Residents Informed and Connected.
Again, P4 is all for anything that helps promote the community! Helping the residents keep informed and connected should be a top priority for any resident &/or business in Pioneertown.