What is a vision and action plan?
A vision is a community based strategic planning effort in which citizens and leaders work together to identify a common agenda encompassing all aspects of community life. This agenda includes priority actions—policies, projects or programs—that are key to realizing the vision.
Why is this being done?
There are many assets that can be better leveraged if there is a clear, collective direction. Similarly, there are a number of organizations, businesses and individuals working independently–in many cases–to make Jefferson County better. The vision and action plan has been initiated to harness the positive energy of the community.
Who is in charge of the process?
The process will be community-driven and led by a 32 member steering committee. This group represents a cross-section of the community and includes representatives from civic organizations, institutions, large and small businesses and, of course, residents.
Who is on the steering committee? How were they chosen?
The steering committee represents diverse interests of the County and was created from an open nomination process from those expressing interest and formally applying.
What will the steering committee do?
The steering committee will guide the planning process from start to finish, including preparing recommendations based on community input and technical analysis.
How can I get involved?
The process includes several large community meetings where the public will be asked to shape the vision and plan. In preparing for these meetings a number of volunteers are needed for outreach and publicity. If you would like to become involved in helping please contact Kyle May via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 614/586-1500. Otherwise, please attend the community meetings and invite your friends.
Who is facilitating the process?
planning NEXT is a consulting firm from Columbus, Ohio hired to facilitate the process. They have worked in a number of communities in Indiana on similar projects, including the Muncie Action Plan. The firm has more than 20 years of experience helping communities craft a common vision and define a clear path forward.
How long will it take?
The planning process is expected to last between 8 to 10 months, with final recommendations ready in September 2014. Implementation will be ongoing.
How is this different than a comprehensive plan?
The vision and action plan are more strategic than a typical comprehensive plan. A comprehensive plan would address physical issues like land use, development and location of infrastructure in greater detail. The vision and action plan can lay significant ground work for this type of planning process.
Who is paying for the plan?
A group of local business leaders have provided the initial funding to launch the process. This is recognition that the communities—like businesses—need a plan to have any chance of being successful.
How is the Jefferson County Industrial Development Corporation (JCIDC) involved?
The JCIDC is serving as the fiscal agent for the consultant contract and will provide basic coordination support.
What is the most important thing I can do to help?
The most important thing you can do is get involved in the planning process by volunteering to help spread the word about the process. (An outreach committee will be formed.) Of course, you should also attend the public events. These events will be widely publicized in local media. Questions may be addressed to Jamie Greene at Jamie@planning-next.com or 614/586-1500.