The process has begun to update the City’s Master Plan, which was last updated in 2015. Vassar’s new Master Plan will provide recommendations for Land Use, Zoning, Housing, Open Space and Recreation, Natural Resources, Municipal Services, Economic Development, and Transportation. The only way we can accomplish this task is by hearing from you, the citizens. Please give some thought to how you want to see the City developed in the future and give us your ideas for the betterment of the City. Over the next 12 months, we will gather your input so that we may craft a new Master Plan that reflects the values of Vassar citizens.

Thank you for taking the time to help us shape Vassar’s future.

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* 1. How long have you lived in the City of Vassar?

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* 2. Is your place of employment located within the City of Vassar?

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* 3. What do you like about living in Vassar? Please select your top 3 responses.

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* 4. What do you find undesirable about living in Vassar? Please select your top 3 responses.

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* 5. The Master Plan Team is examining the following thirteen key topics. Please indicate their importance to you.

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Entertainment opportunities
Recreational resources
Non-motorized transportation facilities (e.g. bicycle lanes, paved paths)
Community and cultural events
Employment opportunities
Vassar's overall appearance
Shopping opportunities
Public transportation
Public services
Sense of community
Sense of safety
Road quality
Housing choices
Recreation

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* 6. What types of recreational opportunities would you like to see more of in Vassar? (You can check more than one.)

Signage

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* 7. When navigating through Vassar, do you find that destinations or districts (ex. shopping & dining districts, parks, library etc.) are clearly defined?

Housing

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* 8. What types of housing do you think Vassar needs more of? (You can check more than one.)

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* 9. Do you favor zoning changes that would allow for new construction/conversion of existing buildings, in order to provide housing for low/moderate income households?

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* 10. Would you support zoning for the mixed-use development in the downtown? (retail/office first floor and residential upper floors)

Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure

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* 11. How satisfied are you with the City’s access to internet services?

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* 12. How satisfied are you with the City’s wireless/cellular coverage?

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* 13. What types of renewable energy would you like to see the City support? (You can check more than one.)

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* 14. Residentially-based businesses/home occupations are currently allowed as of right throughout Vassar. Do you have any objections to how in-home businesses are regulated?

Economic Development

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* 15. What do you see as the benefit(s) of encouraging business/industrial development in Vassar? (You can check more than one.)

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* 16. What do you see as the disadvantage(s) of encouraging economic development? (You can check more than one.)

City Services

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* 17. In general, how satisfied are you with how easily you can access City services and offices?

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* 18. Have you visited the City’s website https://www.cityofvassar.org/ and what do you use it for?

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* 19. Any suggestions for improving the City’s website?

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* 20. If you were to characterize the City of Vassar in one word, what would you call it?

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* 21. Describe your vision for the City of Vassar, or how you would like the City to be identified in twenty years.

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* 22. Optional: Please provide your name and email address.

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