COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Strategic Plan Retreat Results
Strategic Plan – Results from September 9, 2005 Retreat
Tucker, Foley, White, Davis, Allshouse
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
November 2, 2005
ACTION: INFORMATION: X
The County has an active strategic planning process that is led by the Board of Supervisors.
The Board established a FY03/04 – FY 05/06 Strategic Plan in 2002. In the fall of 2003 and 2004, the Board held strategic planning retreats to review the County’s progress and additional data, in order to make adjustments to the FY 04/06 plan as appropriate. The FY 03/04 – FY 05/06 Strategic Plan’s activities will be completed in June 2006.
At the Board’s September 9, 2005 retreat, the Board initiated the development of the County’s FY 06/07- FY 10/11 strategic plan. This retreat was facilitated by Michael Chandler, Director of Education for the Citizen’s Planning Education Association of Virginia, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. After reviewing the County’s progress, additional analysis of the 2004 citizen survey results, County data, and information provided by County staff, the Board 1) reviewed the County’s Vision and Mission statement, 2) identified and voted on the top priorities and 3) identified five goals for inclusion in the FY 06/07 – FY 10/11 Strategic Plan.
Development of the FY 07 – FY 11 Strategic Plan
The results of the retreat were as follows:
The Board agreed to consider modifying the County’s Vision Statement to read as follows:
Albemarle County will have (walkable) pedestrian-friendly and self sufficient communities. The countryside will be rural. The County’s natural resources and natural beauty will have been maintained. The county’s educational system will be world class and the County’s quality of life will be exceptional.
The Board agreed that the County’s current Mission Statement be incorporated into the FY 07-FY11 Strategic Plan:
To enhance the well-being and quality of life for all citizens through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.
The Board agreed that the following five concepts be developed as goals to be included in the FY 07-FY11 Strategic Plan:
1) Enhance the Quality of Life
2) Fund the Future – commit significant public dollars for County’s infrastructure
3) Protect Natural Resources
4) Develop Infrastructure
5) Manage Growth
Board members individually identified strategic priorities for the County and then, collectively, the Board voted to identify the top priorities for the FY 07-11 Strategic Plan. The highest ranking priorities are as follows:
The Board also identified the following potential strategies that should be considered as this Strategic Plan is more fully developed:
1. Improve public/private partnerships as a priority
2. Do a better job connecting governance to the citizens
3. Work more closely with UVA, City, and neighboring counties in a more proactive way
4. Utilization of talents in community to help solve our problems
Since the Retreat, County leadership has been collecting additional information on the top priority areas, identifying potential outcome measures, and are working to “operationalize” the top priorities into measurable time specified objectives for the Board’s further consideration.
A draft of the complete FY 07/11 Strategic Plan will be completed by May 1, 2006 and approved by the Board after a 30 day public review period. The new plan will begin July 2006.
The Strategic Planning Retreats are held in the fall of each year so that the County’s strategic priorities are identified prior to budget development
Staff requests that the Board review this information and schedule a work session on December 7th to provide further direction to staff as it works to “operationalize” the Board’s priority statements into measurable time specific objectives.
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