County Moves Forward with Development of Strategic Plan

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The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved a revised timeline for the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan update after receiving a briefing on the effects COVID-19 has on the development process in the plan.

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced how the Strategic Plan Development Team staff will receive community input while developing, updating, and finalizing the plan, using feedback from the public and the Board. The Strategic Plan Development Team consists of Board appointees and County staff.

Online Opportunities for Citizen Involvement

Dave Sinclair is the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Sinclair told the Board the office will switch to online opportunities to determine the community’s wants and needs for the next four years. “The largest adjustment is that we are proposing developing the plan in a virtual environment. This is for the safety of the strategic plan development team members, your appointees and staff members, as well as members of the community at large.”

Sinclair said citizen involvement in developing the four-year plan remains “the top priority,” even as the community deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. “This [virtual]engagement assures the same engagement with the community as was promised to the Board in January.”

Plan Timeline

To reach county residents, the Strategic Planning Development Team will conduct an online community survey between June and August. They’ll host virtual community conversations in each district until mid-September. Finally, they’ll seek feedback on a draft strategic plan by hosting virtual forums between mid-December and January 2021. The Board will also host a work session on the strategic plan in September, Sinclair said.

There are three months reserved for community input with goals and priorities between now and February 2021. This will provide three months for the Strategic Plan Development Team to draft the plan with goals, objectives and key performance measures. Then, two months dedicated to reviewing community feedback, and revisions to the draft plan.

Sinclair said the Board will receive a draft plan after community review. “We want to get the community’s feedback on that draft – the focus areas, the goals, objectives, and outcomes developed by the team.”

Kaye Wallace is the county’s strategic plan coordinator. Wallace said that the Board is scheduled to adopt the plan in February 2021. The plan can help the Board make decisions during budget deliberations. “Once the Board adopts the plan, that adopted strategic plan would be available to assist the Board with deliberations during the Fiscal 2022 budget process in March and April,” according to Wallace.

More information about the county’s Strategic Plan is available at pwcgov.org/strategicplan.

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