Develop growth benchmarks and determine best measurable methods to monitor them and report progress on a regular basis.
Plans are only as good as their ability to gauge measurable results in a timely fashion. To know if a plan is reaching desired outcomes, it is imperative to track the successes and failures so future adjustments can be made and successes replicated. Imagine Lexington is crafted as a policy-based plan with very specific goals in mind. Basic metrics are included as a component of this comprehensive plan, but should be supplemented by additional benchmarks identified in the process discussed in Accountability Policy #1.
Also, a more robust effort to further develop a comprehensive set of measurables should be undertaken in the coming years, finding more detailed ways to track progress. This will be beneficial for the Planning Commission and staff in determining the realization of the stated Goals & Objectives; just as importantly, it will be an accountability measure, allowing the general public to follow along, be informed, and take ownership of their plan. Progress should be reported on a regular basis on the Imagine Lexington website so that all interested parties can follow along with the latest data.
- Develop a series of Comprehensive Plan metrics.