A Survey of Resort Township Residents

The Resort Township Planning Commission is conducting this survey to get the views of Township residents on issues that affect the quality of life in our Township.  The Township’s Parks and Recreation Committee recently conducted a survey related to its scope of responsibilities, but the last comprehensive survey of citizen opinion in the Township was carried out ten years ago, in 2010.  The responses to this survey will guide updates to the Township’s Master Plan, as well as ongoing actions the Planning Commission recommends and decisions it makes regarding the Zoning Ordinance.  The Township’s Board of Trustees will also use the survey results to inform its actions. Thank you for taking the survey. 

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* 1. Please select the one statement below that most closely matches your views on growth and development in the Township. “I would prefer the Township to . . .” (Please choose only one.)

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* 2. How would you rate your satisfaction with the following public services?

  Satisfied Neutral Dissatisfied Don’t Know
Emergency Medical Services
Fire Protection
Law Enforcement
Zoning Enforcement
Road Maintenance
High Speed Internet
Trash Collection
School Bus
Annual Roadside Spring Clean-Up
Yard Waste Recycling Center
Parks and Other Recreational Opportunities
Petoskey District Library

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* 3. Please rate how much of a problem, if at all, each of the following are in the Township:

  Major Issue Moderate Issue Minor Issue Not an Issue Neutral/No Opinion
High Speed Internet
Zoning Enforcement
Road Conditions and Maintenance
Limited Affordable Housing Choices
Availability of Senior Housing
Lack of Access to Public Transit
Junk/Trash/Blight
Nuisance from Vacation Rentals
High Taxes
Fireworks
Other (please identify in question 4)

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* 4. Please comment or expand on any issues identified in Question 3.

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* 5. Rate each of the following issues as a priority for regulation in the Township:

  High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority Not a Priority Neutral/No Opinion
Waterfront Greenbelts or Other Shoreline Protections for Water Quality
Septic System Inspection at Time of Transfer to Protect Water Quality

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* 6. Land Use and the Environment. Please indicate your agreement or disagreement with the following:

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Farmland should be preserved in Resort Township
The rural character of Resort Township should be preserved
Viewscapes in Resort Township should be preserved
Undeveloped land should be protected and/or preserved
Active farmlands are important community assets in Resort Township
Areas of open space are important community assets in Resort Township
It is important to slow the conversion of Township farmland to development
The Township should work to secure additional property as parks
The Township should work to secure additional waterfront property for public access

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* 7. For what reasons should farmland in Resort Township be preserved? Please check all that apply.

In 2010, the Township Board of Trustees approved a Farmland and Open Space Preservation Ordinance and voted to provide $300,000 for the purchase of development rights to achieve the purposes of this Ordinance.  To date, the Resort Township Planning Commission has worked closely with Little Traverse Conservancy and the Walloon Lake Association and Conservancy to conduct appraisals on six properties and successfully preserve one farm under this program. The following three questions are related to the program. 

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* 8. Do you support continuation of this program?

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* 9. If the funding currently allocated by the Township to support this program is fully used, would you support expanding that funding to enable the Township to protect farmland and/or open space on additional properties?

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* 10. If you own a farm or open space in Resort Township, would you be interested in participating in this program at some point in the future?

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* 11. In recent years, several farms, wineries, and other properties in Emmet County have created facilities for weddings, family reunions, and other similar events in barns or other buildings. These are frequently known as “accessory event centers”. How high of a priority do you believe it is for these facilities to be regulated within Resort Township?

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* 12. Short-Term Rentals. In many resort communities such as ours, residences are being converted to short-term (less than 30 days) rentals. What do you think about short-term rentals in Resort Township?

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* 13. How high of a priority do you believe it is for short-term residential rentals to be regulated within Resort Township?

Accessory Dwelling Units are second small dwellings on the same grounds (or attached to) a single-family house, such as an apartment over the garage, a tiny house in the backyard, or a basement apartment.  They can allow seniors to “age in place” by providing options for family members or care-providers to live on site or for seniors to move into smaller quarters on their current property, allow current residents to receive rental revenue from their property to supplement their incomes, and expand housing choices to include smaller residences than are currently available.  If not properly regulated, they could also increase traffic, noise, and parking-related issues in residential neighborhoods, stress infrastructure related to water supply and waste disposal, and in the waterfront zoning districts around Walloon Lake, increase congestion, noise, and general use of the lake and its resources. The following two questions are related to accessory dwelling units.  

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* 14. Accessory Dwelling Units are currently not permitted in Resort Township. Which of the following types of Accessory Dwelling Units do you believe should be allowed? Please check all that apply.

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* 15. If Accessory Dwelling Units are permitted, how high of a priority do you believe it is for these facilities to be regulated by Resort Township?

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* 16. Single-family residences in Resort Township are presently required to be at least 720 square feet in size, approximately the size of a 2-car garage. Emmet County recently reduced the minimum size of residences in parts of the County for which it controls zoning to 560 square feet (except in the Scenic Resource zoning district where it remains 720 square feet). Do you believe this minimum size should be reduced in Resort Township?

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* 17. What type of housing (if any) does Resort Township need more of? Please check all that apply.

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* 18. As new residential development occurs, what types of development patterns would you prefer? Check all that apply.

In the Spring of 2020, a section of the Little Traverse Wheelway/bike path in Resort Township between Magnus Park in Petoskey and Resort Township’s East Park collapsed due to erosion caused by high Lake Michigan water levels.  Resort Township collaborated with the City of Petoskey and Emmet County to conduct a study of the options and costs of reconstructing this portion of the Wheelway.  That study estimated the costs of different reconstruction options to be in the range of $5.3 million to $9.1 million.  More recently, the Township, City and County funded a separate contract to study options for re-routing the bike path away from the steep shoreline, the results of which are not yet available. The following two questions are related to the Wheelway. 

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* 19. How frequently do you or family members use the Little Traverse Wheelway/bike path?

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* 20. Do you believe that Resort Township should contribute to the cost of repairs of the Little Traverse Wheelway/bike path along the Lake Michigan shoreline between Magnus Park and East Park?

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* 21. How long have you lived in Resort Township, part-time, full-time, and/or owned property?

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* 22. Please classify your residency in Resort Township:

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* 23. . Which months do you typically reside in Resort Township? Please check all that apply.

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* 24. Which best describes your property in Resort Township?

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* 25. What category is your age?

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* 26. How many people regularly live in your household?

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* 27. How many children age 17 or younger live in your household?

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* 28. Please indicate the zip code where you work (if applicable)

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* 29. Please feel free to comment below regarding any concerns or suggestions you may have that were not addressed in the survey. 

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* 30. Please provide your email address if you would to learn about the results of the survey. Thank you very much for participating in this survey and for giving us your opinion on what is important to you.

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