Building Chesterfield's Blueprint

Solid Fundamentals

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.

Chesterfield County's Strategic Plan

Providing a FIRST CHOICE community through excellence in public service

Everyday Excellence

Everyday Excellence

Safe and Secure Community

Safe and Secure Community

Robust Economy

Robust Economy

Healthy Living and Well-being

Healthy Living and Well-being

Thriving Communities

Thriving Communities

Learning for a Lifetime

Learning for a Lifetime

Identifying Priorities

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@chesterfield.gov 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 FY2022 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:

  • Recognizing the Workforce
  • Diversifying and Bolstering our Economic Base
  • Enhancing Quality of Life
  • Strengthening Investment in Infrastructure
  • Continuing Commitment to Public Safety

The complete listing of the FY22 Five-Year plan and future considerations is available in the FY2022 budget document.

Making Connections

We’re making progress on key initaitives that were identified by our residents through the Blueprint Chesterfield process. Learn more about what is being done in these focus areas.

AGING IN PLACE

Chesterfield’s population is continuing to see a steady rise in those aged 55 or older; and, great strides have been made to dedicate resources to senior services. See what’s happening here to meet the recreational, mobility, and financial needs of senior residents.

BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES

Building a strong, resilient community takes time and effort with both public and private efforts working together. Dedicated resources for sidewalk and road projects, special area plans to preserve key gateways and corridors, and the beginnings of an updated zoning ordinance are just a few of the efforts underway to ensure our community remains strong as it grows.

COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPARENCY

Effective communication is paramount in successfully engaging and interacting with the community. The county has a weekly e-newsletter and numerous social media channels where you can find updated information. In addition, great strides are made to promote openness and transparency, check out the Open Government portal.

LEARNING FOR A LIFETIME

The county’s newest strategic goal, Learning for Lifetime, focuses on providing a range of learning opportunities for residents of all ages. Learning is supported primarily via local support and funding for Chesterfield County Public Schools but also through parks and recreation programming, libraries, and a variety of citizen academies.

VOLUNTEERISM AND SERVICE

Volunteers are a key component in the delivery of vital services throughout Chesterfield. Volunteer opportunities exist in Libraries, Fire and EMS, Parks and Recreation, Community Enhancement, Cooperative Extension, Police, and many other areas. Get involved and give back to your community!

EVERYDAY EXCELLENCE

The County is committed to continuously improving its service-centric culture. If you’re new to Chesterfield, or just want to learn more about how your local government operates, look at all the ways County staff strives for everyday excellence while working on behalf of Chesterfield residents.

Starting a Conversation

Let’s talk! Share your ideas, provide feedback and input, tell us why you’re here – reach out anytime. Use the contact the form below or email blueprint@chesterfield.gov