Prince William County is ready to look into the future to see what life here could be like in 25 years.
The last time the county did that was in 1990. Then, a 15-member "future commission" and 17 members of "issue groups" released a report envisioning that in 2010, there would be a cure for AIDS and people would reserve library books from their home computers.
Although some of the members' visions were off, many others -- such as expanded bus service to connect the county and preserving historic sites -- were fulfilled by the efforts of county government and other agencies.
"A lot of where people said they wanted to see the county is where we are," said Sean T. Connaughton (R), chairman of the Board of County Supervisors.
The 2010 plan was not an outline of predictions of things to come, said Melissa Peacor, assistant county executive. It was an image of what residents wanted the community to look like, she said.
"We have that picture of the future to use as a guide," Peacor said.
This time around, the county wants a "future commission" to look to 2030, she said. The plan would be called Future Vision 2030. "A quarter-century felt right," she said.
Another plan is necessary because "it's important for a community to step back every decade or so . . . and think long-term," Peacor said.
Peacor will talk to the Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday about creating a new commission, which would need a part-time coordinator to head the effort. Peacor did not know what the coordinator's annual salary would be.
If the supervisors approve, the commission could be in place by spring and could adopt a report by December 2007, Peacor said.
Although the commission that created the 2010 plan did not analyze data or look at population trends, it did recommend a significant change in county planning -- strategic plans. The four-year, short-term plans have guided county planning since 1992.