Written by Zachary Lee
Members of the community gathered for the Prince William Committee of 100’s panel discussion on the county’s Strategic Plan.
The panel was held at Brittany’s in Lake Ridge to discuss the plan, which provides policy guidance for the County’s budget and operating decisions.
They had a specific focus on the Minority Report 2017-2020 Strategic Plan that features their recommendations on how to improve the Strategic Plan development process.
The speakers were Jason Grant, Communication Director for Prince William County Government; Mac Haddow, former Chief of Staff at the Department of health and Human Services during the Reagan Administration; Michael C. “Mike” May, former Occoquan District Supervisor on the Board of County Supervisors; and Dave Potter, served in the US Air Force for 25 years.
The first recommendation was to expand the five goal areas in the Strategic Plan to include housing policy and population growth.
Second, is an extension of the Strategic Plan formulation period to 18 months. Third, is to direct the Strategic Plan Team to facilitate more public input in the development of the Strategic Plan recommendations.
Fourth, is the restructuring of the composition of appointees to the Strategic Plan Team to designate the four County Executive appointees as non-voting members. Fifth, the appointment of an independent Strategic Plan Coordinator to server as the facilitator for the Strategic Plan Team.
Sixth, the Board of County Supervisors should direct the Strategic Plan Team to provide specific recommendations on education policy within the nine categories authorized by the Virginia code for oversight of the education budget by the Board of County Supervisors.
The seventh and final recommendation, the Board of County Supervisor should direct the Strategic Plan Team to provide a Budget Impact Statement in each of the five goal areas.