Based on its past success, BVSC members voted in March 2020 to revise the Council’s mission and the array of issues it might consider. This revision was spurred by the County of San Diego’s announcement that a fresh look at the Borrego Springs Community Plan would be scheduled for 2021/22. Council members unanimously agreed that its past success as a community forum could be replicated to insure more inclusive and relevant community input to the upcoming plan. Furthermore, moving beyond geo-tourism would allow the community to better develop recommendations related to the integration of key issues into planning and policy discussions.
By a membership vote, on March 6, 2020, the Geo-tourism Charter was replaced by the BVSC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which included the following Mission Statement:
To celebrate, promote, and protect the unique character, irreplaceable resources, and economic vitality of the Borrego Springs Community and Anza Borrego Desert State Park for residents, businesses, visitors, and future generations.
To accomplish this mission, the Council agreed on the following general objectives:
- Advocate long-term economic vitality, social equity, and well-managed growth for the community and park by facilitating and supporting the integration of planning, natural and cultural resource management, land use, and economic development.
- Identify and facilitate a shared vision for community and region with an emphasis on sustainable tourism and destination management.
- Promote inclusiveness through a commitment to citizen involvement, diverse membership, outreach, partnerships, and collaboration.
- Serve as a forum for discussion, input, and community action on topical issues, opportunities, and challenges related to the mission.