Board of Supervisors Initiatives
The Board of Supervisors establishes priorities and initiatives for Hanover County's government for each fiscal year. These initiatives cover the period July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.
The following initiatives for Fiscal Year 2012 were adopted by the Board of Supervisors on April 27, 2011:
- Support the High Speed Internet Committee and review recommendations to determine local government’s role in enabling high speed internet providers to better provide services in underserved areas: The Board of Supervisors appointed a High-Speed Internet Committee which is meeting monthly to review the various issues associated with this initiative. The committee held two public meetings to gather input from citizens in October 2011 and will make a final report to the Board by the end of 2011.
- Conduct the 2011 Citizens Survey: The County contracted with the National Research Center, Inc. for a survey that was mailed to randomly-selected households in the summer of 2011. Answers to standard questions asked on previous surveys will allow County to benchmark against past performance as well as to comparable localities in U.S. The survey asked three unique questions. An analysis of the findings is tentatively scheduled to be reported to the Board later this year.
- Initiate the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan in 2012: this will include establishing the timeline and identifying the scope and key issues to be addressed in the 2012 update. The Comprehensive Plan is updated every five years with the last update occurring in 2007.
- Update and reorganize the Zoning Ordinance: This will be the first comprehensive review and update of uses in all of the business districts. Goals include simplifying use descriptions and where possible adding uses that did not exist when these districts were created; creating a mechanism and providing the criteria for non-listed uses; clarifying terms and removing repetitive or inconsistent use descriptions that may have developed over time; and adding definitions to clarify existing uses and for new uses that are being created.
- Enhance the County’s economic development potential in support of the Comprehensive Plan by extending water and wastewater service to the Rt. 33/I-295 corridor: Construction is expected to take about two years and the project is so far on time and under budget. The 2007 update to the Comprehensive Plan designated this corridor as being appropriate for business park development.
- Complete the revision of the Subdivision Ordinance: Policies were revised and updated as appropriate to comply with State law and complement changes in the zoning ordinance.
- Develop the model for an overall County Strategic Plan: this will include reviewing the current vision and mission statements and defining mission focus areas and the process by which other strategic plans models would be developed, monitored and updated.
To read the Board’s FY11 Initiatives, click here: