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Draft Community Strategic Plan

>>Download the Draft Community Strategic Plan  (PDF 2.8 MB)

Public comments will be accepted on the draft Community Strategic Plan until July 3, 2016. Comments can be submitted online, at community meetings, or at a Board of Supervisors Public Hearing scheduled for August 9, 2016. 

The draft Community Strategic Plan will be available for review at all Roanoke County Libraries on the public computers and as a hard copy starting the week of June 6th. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at the libraries.

>>Submit Comments Online

Community Meeting Dates:

Thursday, June 16 at Vinton War Memorial
814 East Washington Avenue
Vinton, VA 24179
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Monday, June 27 at South County Library
6303 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A work session about the document has been set July 19, and a public hearing about the Community Strategic Plan has been scheduled for August 9.

Roanoke County residents are invited to participate in Roanoke County's first-ever community strategic planning process. The Community Strategic Plan will engage both community leaders and citizens to create a desired future for our community. A Community Strategic Plan will:
  • Develop a consistent vision that reflects the core values of our community,
  • Build consensus among the Board of Supervisors and citizens for the future strategic direction of Roanoke County,
  • Provide a framework for policies, operations, and service delivery decisions.

Creating the Community Strategic Plan is a process that needs active participation from Roanoke County’s community leaders and citizens. During the process there will be many opportunities for citizen input and public comment before the final plan is adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

See these links for more information...


Community Strategic Plan PSA Community Strategic Plan Overview

About the Community Strategic Planning Process

In the fall of 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with developing a Community Strategic Plan. Over the next several months, citizens and community members will come together with the Board of Supervisors to create a five-year plan for Roanoke County.

Step 1: Telephone Survey

 Task Complete In the fall of 2015, Roanoke County contracted with Roanoke College’s Institute for Policy and Opinion Research to perform a random telephone survey. The survey questions included what Roanoke County citizens think are the most important strategic issues facing the County over the next five years, along with rating the importance and quality of public services the County currently offers. The survey results will be used to help citizens understand community-wide issues and concerns that affect the strategic direction of the County.

>> See our TELEPHONE SURVEY RESULTS page for survey results and more information.

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Step 2: Developing a Vision Statement

 Complete The Board of Supervisors held a retreat on January 30, 2016, at the Vinton Branch Library devoted to several items related to the Community Strategic Plan process. Dr. Harry L. Wilson, from Roanoke College's Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, was at the retreat to present his findings and a report about the survey results.

For more information and to download a copy of the report, see our TELEPHONE SURVEY RESULTS page. 

After reviewing the results of the telephone survey, the Board of Supervisors created a Vision Statement that will help guide the future of our community. This Vision Statement reflects the desires expressed in the community-wide survey.


Vision Statement:

Roanoke County is a vibrant, innovative, and scenic community
that values its citizens, heritage, and quality of life.

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Step 3: Establish Focus Areas and Form Focus Groups
At the January 30, 2016 retreat, the Board of Supervisors also determined broad topics to be addressed by Focus Groups this spring. The Board's approved focus areas are Community Health and Well-Being, Economic Development, Education, Public Safety, Quality of Life, and Transportation.

Below are the approved Focus Group topics and hosts...
  • Community Health and Well-Being - Supervisor Martha Hooker
  • Economic Development  - Chairman Jason Peters / Supervisor Al Bedrosian
  • Education - Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Killough
  • Public Safety - Chairman Jason Peters
  • Quality of Life - Vice Chairman Joe McNamara / Supervisor Al Bedrosian
  • Transportation - Supervisor George Assaid

Citizens were encouraged to participate in collaborative Focus Groups that worked with Board of Supervisors members and County staff to help shape the Community Strategic Plan. Focus Group meetings were open to the public and interested citizens were encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings.Residents who signed up in advance for focus group meetings were assigned to Focus Groups that best matched their interests as space allowed. Information and updates about these focus group topics was sent via email to these individuals.

>> See our FOCUS GROUPS page for more information, including dates and locations of Focus Group meetings.

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Step 4: Conduct Focus Group Meetings 
Most Focus Group meetings were hosted by a Board of Supervisors member, with the exception of the Education Focus Group which was hosted by the Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent. All meetings were facilitated by County staff. The purpose of the Focus Group meetings was to establish goals and measurable objectives to be achieved by the community in the coming years. Focus Groups met four times this spring, beginning the week of February 29.

Focus Group meetings were open to the public and interested citizens were encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings. Residents who signed up in advance for focus group meetings were sent information and updates about the Focus Group topics via email.

>> See our 
FOCUS GROUPS page for more information.

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Step 5: Public Comment and Public Meetings
 In Progress From the Focus Group discussions, a draft Community Strategic plan has beeen developed and published for additional public comment. Two community meetings will be held to receive additional comments on the entire draft plan. Public comments will be received until July 3, 2016.

Community Meeting Dates:

Thursday, June 16 at Vinton War Memorial
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Monday, June 27 at South County Library
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will be presented with a proposed draft Community Strategic Plan during a work session in July 19, with a public hearing scheduled for August 9.

>> See our PUBLIC COMMENT page for more information.

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Step 6: Work Session, Public Hearing and Adoption by the Board of Supervisors
 Next Step A work session will be held about the Community Strategic Plan on July 19, 2016.The A public hearing to receive final input on the plan has been scheduled for August 9, 2016. The final Community Strategic Plan will guide the future of Roanoke County for the next several years.

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Additional Information
For more information about the community strategic planning process please contact Dan O'Donnell, Assistant County Administrator, at (540) 772-2017.

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