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 around the county. Typically during the fall, the county hosts a series of workshops – giving citizens the opportunity to provide feedback and input on a variety of topics. Last year, we hosted Connectober Fest and the community responded to a short survey while working through various activities during the workshop.
In result, the community confirmed that K-12 education, public safety, and infrastructure remain the top priorities – while also seeing some new topics emerge such as senior services, alternative transportation options, and revitalization of our older areas.
The Five-Year Plan
The Five-Year Plan provides the framework for 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 our Blueprint Chesterfield processes and communications channels are strategically identified and addressed.
FY20 Enhancements are detailed in the Five-Year Plan Summary section of the FY2020 budget document. The out-years (FY2021-2024) of this plan recognize a candidate list of key general government priorities to be considered when developing future plans. Other out-year considerations, not shown in the Five-Year Plan, include additions to fund balance, debt service, and the reserve for future capital improvement projects.
Enhanced Focus on Public Safety
- Significant investment in all public safety agencies, including additional staff, career development, amped up recruitment and retention efforts, opening the new Magnolia Green Fire Station, new mobile broadband technology for first responders.
- Out-years of the plan include further strengthening investment in public safety to include implementing the new public safety radio system, career development, opening of a new animal adoption facility, additional staff in all agencies, and opening a replacement Midlothian Fire and EMS Station.
Strengthening Investment in Infrastructure
- Focusing on the built environment, additional resources are dedicated to general operating maintenance and equipment replacement. Also, additional staffing in key agencies supporting the upkeep of County facilities.
- Out-years include continuing to transition the vehicle registration fee to the CIP, opening a replacement Midlothian Library, Enon Library, and additional resources for implementing new programs.
Remaining Customer Focused
- Elevating our customer service measures, additional resources have been identified to provide new staff in key operating areas, implementing technology initiatives, and offer contracted or consulting support as a targeted resource.
- Out-years continue implementing technology initiatives and additional workload staff support in key operating areas.
Investing in the Workforce
- Recognizing the solid workforce, resources are dedicated for up to a 3% merit for eligible employees, career development for non-public safety staff, and general education support.
- Out-years continue investment in career development and general education and training support.