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.
Chesterfield's six strategic goals support the vision to be an extraordinary and innovative community in which to live, learn, work and play; while maintaining focus on our values for results, innovation, service and ethics.
Safe and Secure Community
Healthy Living and Well-being
Learning for a Lifetime
Traditionally, 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.
However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to effect the ability to meet in-person, the county offered a series of virtual budget community meeting hosted via 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.
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 Blueprint to share ideas or ask questions.
The Five-Year Plan
The Five-Year Plan provides the framework that enables the County to establish and track progress towards key priorities. This multi-year planning process allows new or large initiatives to be planned for and phased in over time. Additionally, it ensures that the priorities that are shared by the public via the Blueprint Chesterfield processes and communication channels are strategically identified and addressed. Since FY2015, Chesterfield has been utilizing the Five-Year Plan as a tool for evaluating future needs. As time has progressed, the plan has become more thorough and thoughtful as evidenced in a quick comparison of year-to-year changes in the plan. While much attention and focus are rightfully placed on the first year of the plan, Chesterfield also ensures due diligence by properly planning ahead. The FY2024 Five-Year Plan continues to employ consistent planning methodology for baseline expenses in the out-years on both the county and school sides. In addition, this plan ensures that baseline expenses can be accommodated within projected revenues in each of the five years. Program enhancements beyond the baseline will be collectively prioritized and incorporated into future budgets as funding allows.
The Five-Year Plan focuses investment in these key areas:
- Growth in Contractual Obligations
- Continuing Commitment to Public Safety
- Emphasis on Customer Service and Community Outreach
- Strengthening Core Services
The complete listing of the FY2024 Five-Year plan and future considerations is available in the FY2024 budget document.