Municipal Survey

To Municipal Officials in the Strategic Planning Area:

Please complete the following survey and submit it to CDC by clicking the "submit" button at the end of the survey.  You may also copy the survey, complete it by hand and fax or mail it to CDC.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

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This questionnaire is provided to help us better understand your municipal development and planning issues for consideration in the Western/Southern Cumberland Region Strategic Plan. Please take time to fill out the form. Feel free to expand your comments on additional pages as needed.

Thank you for your help.

Name of Contact Person for This Form:

Title:   Phone - Day:

Phone - Evening:   Fax:

Email:

Municipality:

If other is selected, please indicate:

 

Was this form completed on behalf of more than one person?  Please list the other people:

 

1. How would you describe your municipality's main assets or advantages?

 

2. How would you describe your municipality's main liabilities or concerns?

 

3. What are your municipality's planning goals and how would you prioritize them?  (Rank the top goals from 1 to 5 with 1 being the goal with the highest priority.

Preserving Farms and Farmland

Providing more local jobs

Retaining Small-town rural atmosphere

Providing affordable housing

Providing senior housing

Preserving natural resources

improving local roads

Providing improved mass transit

Providing public water system

Providing public sewer system

Other:

Other(2):

 

4. How important is farm / farmland and open-space protection for your town?   

 

5. If farmland preservation and natural resources protection are important planning goals, they would you consider alternative planning tools to limit residential sprawl and reduce the loss of farmlands and farming? (For example, these tools may involve downzoning, residential cluster, farmland preservation subdivisions, concentrating development in existing or new centers, among others.)

 

6. Has your municipality adopted land use and zoning policies to limit the loss of farms and farmland? 

 

If you answer yes to #6, do you consider these policies effective?

 Yes    No

Please explain:

 

7. Does your municipality support focusing development in centers and other places, (villages, hamlets) to concentrate infrastructure expansion and service costs?      

 

Please Explain your answer:

 

8. Does your municipality currently have public sewers?     

    

Is expansion or construction of public sewers an issue for your

    municipality?

 

 If you answer yes to need for expansion or construction, please describe the problem and how it is being addressed:

 

9.  Does your municipality currently have a public water system?

       

 

Is expansion or construction of public water system or ground water adequacy an issue for your municipality?

 

If you answer yes to need for expansion or construction or concern for ground water adequacy, please describe the problem and how it is being addressed:

 

10. What transportation improvements are needed to support development in your municipality? (These can include roads, transit, bike and pedestrian facilities.)

 

11. How important is economic development in your community?

 

12. What are the greatest obstacles to development in your community?

      How can they be eliminated or overcome?

 

13. What types of economic development would you like to see in your municipality / community?  Please select one or more of the answers and/or provide additional answers on the "other" spaces.

 

COMMERCIAL:  

If yes, please select one or more of the choices by clicking on the appropriate boxes:

Tourism Related Development

Small Businesses and Services

Large Retail Businesses

Professional Offices

Marina and Fishing Related Services

Other:     

 

INDUSTRIAL: 

If yes, please select one or more of the choices by clicking on the appropriate boxes:

Agri-Industry

Light Industry

Heavy Industry

Other:     

 

14.  How important is the agriculture economy to your municipality?

       

 

What should be done to encourage this sector of the economy?

 

15.  Is redevelopment of brownfields, closed mining operations and other under-utilized or abandoned properties an issue for your municipality?

 

  If you answer yes, please describe the areas in need of redevelopment and what actions are being undertaken:

 

16.  How important is tourism to the economy of your municipality?

        

   What steps should be taken to encourage tourism?

 

17.  What types of retail and office uses do you see as appropriate?

 

18.  What types of industrial uses do you see as appropriate?

 

19.  What other type of development initiatives do you see as apprpriate?

 

20.  What programs or incentives could the State, County or CDC provide that would assist existing businesses or encourage new development?

 

INTERMUNICIPAL ISSUES

 

21.  What intermunicipal issues exist with respect to land use, government services and other matters?

 

22.  What future opportunities do you see for joint intermunicipal approaches to local problems?  What ideas on shared services and facilities?

 

23.  What do you see as impediments to successful intermunicipal actions?

 

24. What expanded role do you see for the CDC? What changes would you like to see to better serve the community?

 

 

25.  What are the major projects or actions that should be included in the Region Strategic Plan to address your local or regional problems?

Please indicate which projects should have the highest priority.

 

  Please review and make a copy of this form for your records

               prior to submitting it.

 

If you are going mail or fax the form, please use the following fax number or mailing address.

CDC

P.O. Box 1021

Bridgeton, NJ 08302

 

FAX: 856-453-9795