Board of Supervisors Initiatives
The following initiatives for Fiscal Year 2014 were adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 13, 2013:
- Develop capital plans to meet general government and school renovation and improvement needs utilizing the debt service saving plan as a primary funding source: Current debt service will decrease approximately $12 million over the next five years, creating funding capacity for short-term capital improvement needs and related debt funding if necessary. The Board of Supervisors is in the process of determining priorities for the potential use of the debt service saving plan.
- Complete the Comprehensive Plan 2012-32 update: After 21 public and community meetings, the Board of Supervisors adopted the update on September 11, 2013. Several proposed land map changes were sent to the Planning Commission for additional study and recommendation. The Planning Commission is expected to begin consideration of these items in October.
- Develop a County Plan to meet Chesapeake Bay & stormwater management mandates: Staff is in the process of developing this plan, which will first go to the Board’s Community Development Committee for recommendation to the full Board.
- Further explore efficiency of collaboration between general government and schools on related functions: School Board and County staff reviewed workflows, staffing, systems, policies and practices. The FY14 budget included consolidation of the processing and financial reporting functions of the accounting, debt, external audit, accounts payable, payroll and procurement operations and staff centrally within the Department of Finance and Management Services. Staff will analyze if opportunities for future consolidation exist in such departments as General Services, Human Resources and Information Technology.
- Update the Human Services Strategic Plan: The Human Services Strategic Plan has reached the end of its five-year span and is due for an update, including revisiting the goals of the current plan.
- Develop strategies for increasing inventory of Tier 3 (prime) commercial property by at least 100 acres: Hanover County does not compare favorably with Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield in terms of commercial property available. Competiveness for these prospects is severely limited by a lack of available pad-ready sites and buildings. To be effective, any long-term economic development strategy must include the aggressive development of available pad-ready sites and buildings. Staff is currently in the process of developing these strategies.
- Petition for termination of coverage of the preclearance requirements under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Board requested an exemption for Hanover County from preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act and the request was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in June 2013. Hanover became the last county to receive what is called a ‘bailout’ when the U.S. Supreme Court effectively eliminated the requirement in a ruling issued the next day.
- Update Information Technology Strategic Plan: The current IT Strategic Plan 2011-14 provides direction for technology investments and operations. New technology capabilities and changing business needs will be used to update the current plan. Input will be provided by senior leadership, departments, and research into best practices. This Board initiative will result in a new IT Strategic Plan 2015-18.
To read the Board’s FY13 Initiatives, click here.