Chester Master Plan Update Community Survey 2021

Chester Township is beginning the process of updating their Master Plan. The Master Plan is a document that helps guide land use decisions and future development within the Township. The Master Plan is typically reviewed every five (5) years and your help on this survey will guide us in the process. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Surveys must be completed by October 29, 2021.

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* 1. Do you agree or disagree that you have a high quality of life in Chester Township?

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* 2. Do you agree or disagree that you will continue to have a high quality of life in Chester Township as the community grows?

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* 3. Do you agree or disagree that there is a strong sense of community in Chester Township?

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* 4. How do you define rural character?

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* 5. Do you agree or disagree that the rural character of Chester Township greatly contributes to your quality of life?

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* 6. Do you agree or disagree that in the next 20 years agriculture will continue to be the dominant land use in Chester Township?

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* 7. Do you agree or disagree that 40 acre agricultural parcels in Chester Township should continue to be required?

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* 8. Do you support PDRs? (Purchase of Development Rights)

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* 9. Do you agree or disagree that the current agricultural district setbacks are reasonable (Front: 50 feet, side 40 feet, rear 40 feet)?

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* 10. New parcels for non-farm residential dwellings in the agricultural district have a minimum requirement of 2 acres. What acreage do you prefer?

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* 11. Do you agree or disagree that agricultural tourism like hay mazes, u-pick, and farm stands, should be supported?

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* 12. Do you agree or disagree that alternative energy systems (solar panels, wind turbines, and biodigesters) should be encouraged?

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* 13. Do you agree or disagree that new housing developments should be allowed in Chester Township?

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* 14. Do you agree or disagree that new residential developments should be clustered (as displayed in the above image) in such a way to preserve the natural environment, including wetlands, farmland, wooded areas, and other features?

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* 15. Do you agree or disagree that new housing developments should be buffered from existing agricultural lands by trees, berms, etcetera?

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* 16. Do you agree or disagree that there should be minimum design standards (building style, materials, etc.) for new housing developments?

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* 17. I am concerned about the affordability of housing in Chester Township.

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* 18. Do you think that residential buildings that do not conform to setbacks (building is closer to lot line than permitted) should be allowed to expand?

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* 19. Do you think that residential buildings that do not conform to setbacks negatively impact the aesthetic quality of the Township?

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* 20. Do you agree or disagree that there should be more housing around Conklin?

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* 21. Do you agree or disagree that expanding residential housing options around Conklin would help commercial opportunities grow in downtown Conklin?

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* 22. If so, would you prefer large (3-4 acres), medium (1-2 acres), or small (1/4 - 1/2 acres) residential lot sizes?

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* 23. Do you agree or disagree that there should be more commercial uses in Conklin?

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* 24. If so, what do you think would help Conklin achieve this goal?

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* 25. Do you agree or disagree that there should be small scale neighborhood commercial, like a party store or a fishing shop, around Crockery Lake?

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* 26. Do you agree or disagree that there should be opportunities for commercial growth elsewhere (outside of Conklin) in the Township?

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* 27. Do you agree or disagree that Chester Township is well served by recreational opportunities?

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* 28. I would like to see the following recreational opportunities in Chester township.

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* 29. Does Chester Township provide sufficient options for non-motorized (walking and biking) transportation?

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* 30. Do you agree or disagree that there should be more options for non-motorized (walking and biking) transportation?

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* 31. Do you think routine septic pumping should be required around Crockery Lake?

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* 32. How long have you lived in Chester Township?

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* 33. Do you currently rent or own your home?

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* 34. Please select your age range.

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