Santa Rosa, CA – March 2, 2021 – Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a Five-Year Strategic Plan that includes a broad spectrum of goals, such as making Sonoma County carbon neutral by 2030 and ensuring racial equity throughout policy decisions and service delivery. The Strategic Plan, which will shape the County's priorities and activities in the coming years, identifies five specific pillars: Healthy and Safe Communities; Organizational Excellence; Racial Equity and Social Justice; Climate Action and Resiliency; and Resilient Infrastructure.
"The Strategic Plan will guide the County's services and policies for the years to come," said Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, chair of the Board of Supervisors. "The plan puts our values into tangible outcomes and actions, which reflect our mission to enrich the quality of life in Sonoma County through superior public services. Every Sonoma County resident can expect that they will benefit from this plan - whether it's access to housing and support to get back on their feet, enjoying a healthier future with less greenhouse gas emissions, better roads and bicycle infrastructure, or one of the many other components of the plan."
The Strategic Plan is the result of a comprehensive research and development process that included the county organization and the community. The plan is built on organizational values such as equity, excellence and collaboration, and guiding principles such as geographic equity and partnerships with cities and community groups. The County hosted a series of online meetings, in both English and Spanish, and took other steps to gather input from residents as well as county employees to ensure that the plan reflects the community's priorities. The plan also includes feedback from the incorporated cities within the County.
The result is a Strategic Plan that identifies the top priorities for the County to accomplish over the next five years. Each of the five pillars is supported by multiple goals, which are the outcomes we want to achieve, and within each goal there are several objectives that identify the milestones or measures of progress needed to achieve that goal.
For example, the purpose of the Healthy and Safe Communities pillar is to "provide equitable access to quality and equitable housing, health, and human services for all." The pillar contains goals such as "In collaboration with cities, increase affordable housing development near public transportation and easy access to services," with objectives including "Rezone 59 unincorporated urban sites suitable for housing development, increasing density allowance from 354 units to 2,975 units, and partner with developers and the community to break ground on as many sites as possible by 2026."
The Organizational Excellence pillar's purpose is for the County to be "an innovative, effective, engaged, and transparent organization focused on quality programs and services." The goals of the pillar include "Increase information sharing and transparency and improve County and community engagement," with objectives such as "Develop and launch a community engagement and outreach strategy, establish a process for engagement and collaboration, and ensure the strategy is inclusive of all underserved populations by the end of 2022.
The Racial Equity and Social Justice pillar is designed to "achieve racial equity in County service provision and ensure a workforce reflective of the community we serve." The goals include "Ensure racial equity throughout all County policy decisions and service delivery," with objectives including "Establish regular and publicly available reports on racial equity in County policies, programs, and services."
The Climate Action and Resiliency commits the County to the outcome: "Make Sonoma County carbon neutral by 2030." The objectives of this pillar include supporting carbon eliminating microgrid technology and grid resilience to reduce the impact of power shutoffs, and to "provide $20 million in financing by 2026 that incentivizes property managers and renters to retrofit existing multi-family housing towards achieving carbon neutral buildings."
The Resilient Infrastructure captures Sonoma County's commitment to investing in infrastructure by committing to "enhance community resilience to fire and other hazards by investing in County facilities and infrastructure, including roads, buildings and property, communications, and flood protection." The objectives included in this pillar include investing $5 million by 2024 on new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, increase drainage features on roads, and improving pavement conditions in neighborhoods.
The precise and measurable nature of the objectives contained in the Strategic Plan result in a document that will guide the programs, policies and infrastructure that the County prioritizes over the next five years. To view the plan, visit: sonomacounty.ca.gov/Strategic-Plan/.
Jennifer Larocque, Communications Specialist
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