Mapping the Future for Jonathan’s Landing
What is Strategic Planning?
Strategic planning is a
road map to determine our vision for the community and the steps needed to achieve this vision. In this case we believe a five-year vision for the community is the most realistic. This plan then allows us to look out to the future and create the goals and objectives needed to achieve that vision
It also helps us determine the appropriate order for all actions since we cannot do everything at once.
Why is a vision important to JL?
A vision defines where we want to be as a community in 5 years. It helps guide us in setting spending priorities, annual budgets and other investments in facilities and amenities. We should always ask ourselves if this action or investment helps us to achieve our strategic vision.
How is JL approaching strategic planning?
The primary steps in creating a strategic plan are:
1. Establish a Vision
2. Engage the Community for feedback
3. Analyze the current situation
4. Set goals
5. Review and adjust the plan as needed to obtain the goal
In May of 2018, a Long-Range Committee was formed to help the Board of Directors in the creation of this plan. The committee engaged a third-party company, Club Benchmarking, to work with them on the creation of a community survey. This survey was sent out in July of 2019 and then several months were spent analyzing and summarizing the results.
What did we learn from the survey?
The good news is that 88% of residents who responded to the survey said they were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with the overall experience of life at JL.
Here is what else we learned about our community:
75% of residents are retired
Average age is 72
64% list JL as their primary residence
57% of residents belong to the club
58% of residents have lived here more than 11 years
Why do we live here?
Friendly Caring community
What do we think needs improvement?
Water Control Systems
Communication with residents
So Where are we focusing our efforts?
The Long-Range Planning Committee has been working with a variety of committees to establish goals and action plans designed to address the issues identified in the survey. There are now 11 actions plans which have been created and are currently under review by the Board of Directors. They include Financial Transparency, Communications, Landscaping and Water Use. These plans will be used to guide the committees and to track our performance.
What are some of the key accomplishments to date?
A lot has happened in the past year to respond to the issues raised in the survey. Below is a list of some of the key actions we have taken – there are some great pictures on the JLPOA website showing the results of some of these projects.
- Restoration of Butterfly Island
- North Entrance – sidewalk and landscaping enhancements
- Landscape Architect hired to create an overall plan
- Chronicle Newsletter Improvements and Frequency
- Town Hall Meetings
- Board Briefs immediately following the meeting included in Chronicle
- Community Events
- New Year’s Eve Fireworks
- Convertible car show
- Park Palooza
- Physical Plant Improvements
- Bulkhead at Barrow Island Bridge
- Culvert restoration between Southern Cay and Windrift
- Restoration of culverts at Cape Pointe
- Dredging of South Rim Ditch
- Mangrove clean-up along the South Rim Ditch and Casseekey Island Road.
- New flap gate on water control structure number 4.
- Perimeter cameras as a layered approach to securing our perimeter.
- ADT Security Dual Alarm Monitoring
What is next?
- Revised Capital Reserve Study – A task force has been established to review and analyze this study which outlines when and approximately how much we need to spend to maintain our capital assets. This includes a study of our roads and our bridges. This analysis will be a key element in finalizing our strategic plan.
- Finalize our 5-year vision – The Board is currently working with the Long Range Planning Committee to establish a vision for JL.
- Conduct Focus Groups – We will be holding a series of focus groups to provide feedback on key elements of this plan starting with our vision.
- Conclude the Water Use Agreement
- Complete the summer projects
- Continued improvement to North Entry
We want to thank the members who contributed to this vision:
Elaine Bliss, Greg Mahoney, Mary West, Ivan Stuart, Sally Henn,
Saul Silverman, Dick Plaatsman.
How can I be involved?
Volunteer to participate in a focus group – We want input from all villages, age groups and lengths of residency in JL. If you are interested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider joining the committee – Over the next couple of months we will be adding 4 to 5 new members. If you are interested, please send an email outlining your experience to email@example.com.