This survey is being conducted to determine Middleborough's priorities and concerns regarding outdoor recreation and open space needs. The results will be used to prepare an Open Space Plan for Middleborough through the year 2029. An Open Space Plan is required to access state and federal grant money to help with resource protection and recreation site development. 
'Open Space' in this survey is defined as... 'public and privately-owned undeveloped lands which are important for a variety of reasons'. These lands can be used for agriculture, forestry, wildlife habitat, available for their scenic qualities, outdoor recreational opportunities, or even their contribution to the overall character of the town. 

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* 1. How do you characterize your town?

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* 2. What section of Middleborough do you identify living in?

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* 3. On a scale of 1-5 (1 is low importance, 5 is high importance), how important is it to you to preserve...

  1 2 3 4 5
Places of Historical Value
Places of archeological Value
Open spaces to protect water supplise
Land along rivers
Open Spaces to meet recreational needs (Horse Trails, Walking Trails)
Agricultural land
Forest land
Wildlife habitats
Scenic vistas
Remaining open spaces in developed areas
Parkland
Elements of historic value 
Picnic Areas

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* 4. Which of the following approaches do you support to protect natural areas and/or acquire recreational land?

  Yes No
Purchase Land with town funds
Conserves sensitive tax titled land (land taken for taxes)
Purchase land with partial state reimbursement
Protect land through zoning
Tax incentive for private conservation
Purchase development rights or conservation easements
Encourage programs of land giving 
Encourage private sector recreational investment 
Encourage private nonprofit and public partnerships

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* 5. The Town of Middleborough owns the eight parcels listed below. Please comment on your knowledge of these parcels. (The Town also owns several other parcels)

  Use Don't Use Would like to use Where is it? What is available?
The Soule Homestead
The Pratt Farm
Oliver Mill Park
Thomas S. Peirce Playground
The Weston Forest
Stuart Morgan Property
Nemasket Village /  Jamar Property
Oliver Estate

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* 6. Please check the top five recreational facilities you feel are needed more of. 

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* 7. What other recreational facilities or open space areas would you like to see in Middleborough that are currently not available?

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* 8. Would you support a wetland protection bylaw that goes above the state protection bylaw? 

Per the Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners put out by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions: “A non-zoning wetlands town bylaw gives a municipality the authority to regulate activities in or near wetlands or water bodies by imposing stronger protective measures than the state Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131, Sec. 40). These local laws are administered and enforced by the Conservation Commission.”

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* 9. What is your greatest concern about recreational activities in town?

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* 10. Would you support town appropriations for:

  Yes No
Conservation Land
Recreation Facilities
Affordable Housing
Elderly/VA Housing
Historic Preservation

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* 11. How do you feel about access to and availability of parking in Middleborough?

  Good the way it is Could use improvement
Downtown
Town Parks - Pratt Farm 
Recreational Facilities
Soule Homestead
Field of Dreams
Boat Ramp / Launch Areas

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* 12. How do you feel Middleborough is meeting the future needs of.... (Scale of 1-5: 1 being bad, 5 being good)

  1 2 3 4 5
Water Supply
Population Growth
Environmental Sustainability
Traffic
Energy Needs
Water Quality
Sewer Capacity
Rural Character
Housing 
Climate Resiliency
Open Space

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* 13. How do you feel about the new development that the new commuter rail station coming into the area in June 2023 will bring?

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