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Town Council 2017 Key Priorities Dashboard

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Key Priorities


Description:  The schedule for the Visioning project will be provided to Mayor and Council on or before 1/31/17.

Proposed Action:  Develop a comprehensive, long-range Vision for Hilton Head Island to 1) to protect and enhance our quality of life; 2) to coalesce the needs and desires of residents, visitors, and business owners; and 3) to create a vision statement and long range plan which defines the program of work.
2/7/2017 - Town Council authorized the creation of the Vision Project Management Team(VPMT) on February 7th. The VPMT will direct and oversee the efforts and work involved in the Vision Project. It will assure that the process is open, transparent, and achieve the articulated goals. And, it will define the project’s guiding principles and drive and facilitate change. An updated project schedule, recommended by the Public Planning Committee to Town Council, outlines having all pieces in place, including a project coordinator by early April. A project kick-off is anticipated for late April with a goal of completing the project by the end of the year.

Heirs Property

Description:  Investigate means to assist owners of heirs property with their issues related to property ownership.

Proposed Action:  A non-profit organization will be engaged for community outreach purposes under the auspices of the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission shall lead the process and help develop the scope of work for a consultant.

By the end of 2017, the consultant hired to evaluate LMO changes to address Heirs property situations will have presented their recommendations to the Planning Commission and Town Council for consideration. One possible tool to be considered is the creation of a heritage overlay.and Town Council for consideration. One possible tool to be considered is the creation of a heritage overlay.


Proposed Action:  In order to define the purpose and impact from pursuing a regionalization effort and factoring in the role of the Intergovernmental and Public Safety Committee, meetings with elected officials from other cities and the County elected officials will be held periodically throughout the year.


Proposed Action:  By June 30, the Storm Water Plan from the County, including the fee arrangement/ schedule will be considered by the Town Council.

Staff will review the report recently submitted by the Telecommunication Task Force and provide recommendations for Town Council consideration.

A Plan for the scheduling of private road improvements will have been accepted and adopted by Town Council on or before December 31, 2017.

Cultural, Entertainment, Arts and Heritage Committee

Description:  Town Council has budgeted for the hire of a Cultural and Arts Network Director.The Director will be a town employee and council will soon determine whether to create a public advisory board the Director shall work with.

The Venue Committee will make a recommendation on the structure and funding for venue(s) which satisfy the needs of the community and the entertainment, arts, culture, and heritage organizations of the island.

Proposed Action:  The structure under which the new Program Coordinator will function will be established in early 2017. Subsequently, the Program Coordinator will be hired.

Phase 1 of the Venue Committee will be completed by March 31, 2017 and Phase(s) 2 and 3 presented to Town Council during in 2017.
1/26/2017 - A job description for the Cultural and Arts Network Director is nearly complete and advertising for the position will begin soon. The Community Services Committee met and has reported a recommendation to town council that town council create an Advisory Committee via ordinance. The advisory committee would consist of 8-12 persons from various aspects of the community primarily representing entertainment, arts, cultural, and heritage segments. The advisory committee would act as an advisory capacity to the Cultural and Arts Network Director.

Workforce Availability

Description:  Investigate tools and potential Town actions that could improve the labor force supply for businesses in Hilton Head Island.

Proposed Action:  Housing: The Public Facility and Public Planning Committee will examine the issue via a task force and subsequently provide a series of recommendations to the Town Council.

Transportation: Town staff will review report recently submitted by the LRTA and provide recommendations on or before March 31, for Town Council to consider adopting.