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Welcome!
Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Penobscot Comprehensive Plan. This survey –a vital step in the public engagement portion of the planning process– is designed to gather input from the Penobscot community on topics that are of great significance to the future of our community, including demographics, land use, development and housing.  Your feedback is important.
The survey will remain open until August 31, 2022.  There are 38 questions, and the anticipated finish time is 20-30 minutes. Click or scroll down to advance to the next question in the survey. Please fill out responses to all questions.  Alternatively, you can pick up a copy of the survey at the Town Hall office and the Penobscot Post Office. 
Please return all hard copies of the survey to the Town Hall office.
Your responses to this survey are completely anonymous and cannot be traced back to the respondent.
Please visit http://penobscotmaine.org/comprehensive-plan/ for more information about the Penobscot Comprehensive Planning process.
Thank you for your time.
The Comprehensive Planning Committee

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* 1. What aspects of Penobscot’s quality of life or character are most important to you?

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* 2. What issues do you anticipate the Town of Penobscot will face during the next decade?  During the next 20 years? 

What other concerns and observations do you wish to share with the Comprehensive Plan Committee?

Please use the space below to offer your thoughts to the Comprehensive Plan Committee.

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* 3. Are you a seasonal or year-round resident of Penobscot? (Select 1)
Penobscot is my:

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* 4. Do you own the dwelling in which you live? (Select 1)

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* 5. What is the type of dwelling in which you live?  (Select 1)

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* 6. How many people usually live in your Penobscot dwelling when people are residing there?

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* 7. In the last 5 years, how many months a year do you typically live in Penobscot? (Average number of months)

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* 8. How many years have you been visiting or staying in Penobscot?

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* 9. During the next 5 years do you expect to (Select 1):

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* 10. Which of the following do you expect to do during the next 5 years? (Check all that apply)

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* 11. Do you expect to rent or sell your Penobscot real estate to others in the next 5 years? (Check all that apply)

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* 12. What is your employment status? (Select 1)

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* 13. In what city or town do you (or other adults in your home) work? (Check all that apply)

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* 14. If you commute to your workplace, what is the one-way distance to your workplace? (Check all that apply)

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* 15. In what section (neighborhood) of Penobscot do you live (year-round or seasonally)? (Select 1)

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* 16. What is your age? (Please specify)

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* 17. Please indicate the number of people (including yourself) that usually are within your Penobscot dwelling and that fall within the stated age groups:

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* 18. During the next 10 years, I would like Penobscot’s population to (Select 1):

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* 19. Do you favor protecting the following resources from impacts of development? If not, select “no”.  (Check one per row)

  Yes No Unsure
Agricultural land
Aquifers for drinking water
Coastal Land
Forested land
Historical and archaeological resources
Lakes and ponds
Recreational open space inland
Recreational waterfront access
Scenic views
Streams and rivers
Wetlands
Wildlife habitats
Working waterfronts

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* 20. In your opinion, which developments/land uses should Penobscot encourage in the next decade, and where? (Check one per row)

  Anywhere Only in designated areas Close to Village Centers Nowhere Undecided
Agriculture
Apartment buildings
Aquaculture
Automobile maintenance and service
Boat building
Boat maintenance and service
Commercial (trade/services)
Community solar panel fields/arrays
Community wind energy turbines
Gas stations
Forest management
Heavy Industry
Inns, B&Bs, hotels
Light manufacturing
Medical/health facility
Mobile home park
Mobile homes (not in a park)
Multi-family housing other than apartment buildings
Office- based business
Public campgrounds
Renewable energy (commercial)
Residential (all types)
Restaurants
Retail shopping
Seasonal rentals/residences
Short-term rental accommodations (such as AirBnB)
Single family housing other than mobile homes
Tiny homes
Unrestricted development

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* 21. What tools should Penobscot use to guide land use and development in the future?  (Check all that apply) 

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* 22. How responsive is the Town’s government to your needs? (Select 1)

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* 23. What can the Town’s government do to improve service to residents?

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* 24. Please provide your opinion on the Town services, facilities, and opportunities: (Check one per row)

  Very Good Good Adequate Needs Improvement Don't Know/Not Sure
Affordable housing
Bicycle rider safety
Cemeteries
Commercial fishing vessel access to boat moorings
Fire protection
Pedestrian safety
Public access to boat moorings
Public access to fresh water
Public access to salt water
Public elementary and middle school education
Public elementary and middle school facility
Public transportation
Recycling
Recreational programs
Road maintenance (town roads only)
Road maintenance (state-maintained roads only)
Snow removal/sanding
Town enforcement of state and town laws and ordinances
Town-maintained recreational areas
Traffic speed control
Transfer station

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* 25. Please provide your opinion of the following services that are shared by the Town of Penobscot with other communities:

  Very Good Good Adequate Needs Improvement Don't Know/Not Sure
Ambulance responsiveness and service
Dental care
Disability care
Elderly care
Hospital care
Police protection
Primary medical doctor care
Public high school
Public library
Senior citizen services
Solid waste disposal availability
State enforcement of laws and regulations

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* 26. Do you pay Penobscot property taxes?

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* 27. What do you think of the current property tax structure?  (Select 1)

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* 28. Recognizing that improvements and protections can incur tax increases, do you favor increasing property taxes for such improvements and protections?

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* 29. Should the taxes be increased to improve existing and/or additional Town responsibilities?

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* 30. Maintaining the rural way of life in Penobscot is (Select 1):

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* 31. Please provide your opinion of the following aspects of community life: (Select one per row)

  Needs improvement or attention right away Needs improvement or attention Needs study Not an issue Don’t know/ Not sure
Affordable housing/housing costs
Air quality
Bicycle paths/lanes
Job opportunities locally
Off-road trails for multi-users
Pedestrian paths or trails
Pedestrian sidewalks
Population growth
Potable water/water quality
Public transportation
Senior citizen services
Summer traffic
Youth services
Conserved Land for Public Use

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* 32. During the past three years, to what extent have you experienced or observed the following in Penobscot?  (Select one per row)

  Frequently Somewhat Not At All Not Sure
Changes in habitat for marine species
Changes in habitat for non-marine species, e.g., wildlife, birds
Changes in trees, plant life
Coastal erosion
Coastal flooding
Diminished catches/harvests
Higher property-insurance premiums due to flood/weather risk
Made a weather-related property-insurance claim
Increase in coastal water temperatures
Increased operational maintenance, repairs after a storm
Increased property damage from natural storm events
Inland flooding
More frequent utility outages during storm events
Saltwater intrusion into drinking-water well
Sea-level rise
Sea-level rise requiring docks/other structures to be raised up