Strategic plan to come into focus |

Strategic plan to come into focus

Amy Alonzo

The future of Douglas County could come into sharper focus at Thursday's commissioners meeting.

County commissioners are set to discuss the county's Fiscal Year 2018-22 strategic plan and to nail down a timeline for its completion. The strategic plan, last updated in 2015, outlines the county's priorities for the coming years.

During a February strategic planning workshop infrastructure and organizational and financial stability were identified as the county's main priorities for the upcoming years.

Infrastructure priorities include:

■ Completing a storm water master plan, including a long-term funding strategy,

■ Completing a transportation master plan, including identifying future and alternative truck and through traffic routes as envisioned in the Valley Vision Plan,

Recommended Stories For You

■ Expanding broadband availability in the county, and

■ Developing long-term solutions to funding preventative road maintenance..

Organizational and financial stability priorities include:

■ Designing employee compensation packages,

■ Creating a supervisory management program to develop internal talent,

■ Renewing efforts on priority-based budgeting, and

■ Becoming compliant with software licensing and financial internal control requirements

At the February workshop economic vitality, community safety and preserving culture, natural resources and quality of life also were identified as areas of importance.

Some of the items falling under those umbrellas are evaluating affordable housing incentives, constructing the Martin Slough Trail, initiating the development of a year-round conference and entertainment venue in the Stateline area, implementing a state-mandated body-worn camera program and preparing for the impact of recreational marijuana on the county.