Building Chesterfield's Blueprint
Planning is essential to the success of Chesterfield. It's important to keep a pulse on what we need to be paying attention to and what's on the horizon as we best prepare Chesterfield for the future.
Setting the Strategy
Blueprint Chesterfield is the framework that organizes longstanding county practices related to budget and strategic planning. The Blueprint framework serves as the foundation for how we identify priorities, set strategic direction, and allocate resources. Ultimately, providing us with a tool to define why we do what we do.
To be an extraordinary and innovative community in which to live, learn, work, and play
Throughout the year, Chesterfield initiates community engagement opportunities to talk with citizens and understand what’s happening; participating in various community outreach activities around the County. During the fall of 2019, staff attended planned events around the community, offering the opportunity to engage with citizens in a new format.
Additionally, as the COVID-19 pandemic took effect in Chesterfield, all in-person community meetings transitioned to Facebook Live events. Citizens were given the opportunity to offer feedback and ask questions via an online form, as well as during the live event. As circumstances continued to unfold, a second round of Facebook Live events was hosted to provide citizens the opportunity to offer feedback and input on the revised FY21 Budget.
The budget process has evolved to a year-round exercise. No matter where we are in the process, we value feedback and input anytime. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to share ideas or ask questions.
The Five-Year Plan
Since FY2015, the County has utilized the Five-Year Plan framework to establish and track progress towards key priorities. Traditionally, the multi-year planning process has worked to identify and plan funding for new or large initiatives to be phased in over time. However, the five-year planning framework from FY21 through FY25 looks significantly different than prior year plans.
The FY2021 Five-Year Plan continues the tradition of providing a balanced outlook of the County’s General Government revenue and expenditures. Since the ongoing economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic creates a high level of uncertainty regarding out-year revenues, the Plan conservatively assumes that decreased revenues continue going forward. As a result, in order to project a balanced annual outlook, the Plan adds only the most essential new expenditures and also continues nearly all expenditure reductions effective in FY21. The Five-Year Plan focuses investment in these key areas:
- Enhancing Customer Service
- Reinforcing Public Safety
- Strengthening Facilities and Infrastructure
Program and service enhancements originally proposed for FY21 but not included in this plan are poised for re-consideration as soon as economic conditions allow. Of top priority on this list is the $2.5M to address outcomes of teacher and public safety pay studies.
The complete listing of the FY21 Five-Year plan and future considerations is available in the FY21 Budget-in-Brief.