Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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 kyle@planning-next.com 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.

2 Comments

  1. KathyCooper 4 years ago

    Hello, I would like to be involved with Envision Jefferson County. One of the concerns I would like to see addressed by the committee is the problems of slumlords, those who gain by taking advantage of the lowest economically challenged in our community. I work for Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children. We are the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program for Jefferson County. In the capacity of Volunteer Coordinator and as a CASA/GAL myself I have worked with many unfortunate people who are easily taken advantage of because of their circumstances. Some of the landlords in this county charged outrageous rents for under maintained housing knowing that their renters have few alternatives. This is not only a blight on the humanity of our county but most of these places are also a blight on the architectural and historical landscape of the area. I hope this a problem that you take in to consideration.

    • Brandon G. Taylor 4 years ago

      Kathy,

      Thank you for caring and for posting! We would love for you to be involved and to share your ideas for making Jefferson County better for the economically challenged in our County. There are a number of ways to get involved, I suggest that you attend one of our community conversations:

      Our next community conversation is tonight (4-1-2014) at the Southwestern High School Library in Hanover from 7-9 PM. We are also hosting a community conversation tomorrow (4-2-2014) at the Brown Gym from 7-9 PM.

      If you cannot attent, we still want to make sure your voice is heard and that you have an opportunity to tell us about the issues that matter most to you. Feel free to email me @ btaylor62000@gmail.com and I will make sure your issues and ideas for resolving them are captured.

      Thanks again,

      Brandon

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