Introduction to this survey:

Welcome to the 2019 Covert Township, MI Community Survey. Community leaders, including the Township Board of Trustees and the Planning Commission, look forward to receiving your input on important topics for the 2019 Master Plan’s future vision for the Township.

This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to take. PLEASE RESPOND BY MAY 15, 2019. Thank you for your participation!  Please contact Covert Township Hall with any questions: (269) 764-8986

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* 1. In which age range do you fall?

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* 2. How many people live in your household?

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* 3. How many children under the age of 18 live in your household?

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* 4. For how many years have you lived in Covert Township?

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* 5. Select all that apply:

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* 6. How would you describe the speed of growth in Covert Township

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* 7. How do you feel about new families moving to the Township

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* 8. How do you feel about growth in Covert Township?

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* 9. How do you feel about natural areas in Covert Township?

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* 10. Please rate the availability of housing in Covert Township

  Don't know Poor Average Good Excellent
Choice of housing type (i.e. single-family, two-family, attached single-family, multi-family)
Choice of home ownership (i.e. rental, condominium)
Choice of housing location (i.e. rural, neighborhood, downtown)
Availability of affordable housing

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* 11. Please rate the importance of the following economic development goals:

  Not important Slightly important Moderately important Very important Extremely important
Attract new industrial businesses for jobs
Improve the appearance of the downtown area
Encourage new commercial businesses and services
Direct growth in the Township to the downtown area
Protect our small-town and rural character

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* 12. How do you feel about jobs in Covert Township?

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* 13. How do you feel about rising property and housing costs in Covert Township?

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* 14. How do you feel about the lack of commercial services in the area?

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* 15. Please rate the following transportation and infrastructure facilities in Covert Township:

  Don't know Poor Average Good Excellent
Safety of existing area roads
Quality of existing area roads
Quality of public drinking water
Availability to connect to public sewer
Availability to connect to natural gas

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* 16. Is high speed internet important to you?

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* 17. Availability of telecommunication services in the Township (broadband, cell phone, cable television) needs improvement:

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* 18. Would you be willing to pay for improvements to the availability of telecommunication services in the Township?

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* 19. Please rate the following community services provided in Covert Township:

  Don't know Poor Average Good Excellent
Police services
Fire services
Ambulance services
Code enforcement (weeds, blight, etc.)
Schools

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* 20. Please rate the importance of the following community service goals:

  Not important Important - at no cost Important - with use of existing funds Important - will support a millage increase
Provide quality police protection
Provide quality fire protection
Provide reasonable access to health care (including ambulance / EMS)
Maintain high quality public roads
Improve the walkability of neighborhoods
Provide quality library services
Improve the Township permitting process
Improve the appearance of neighborhoods
Enforce blight ordinances
Provide Township household refuse pickup

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* 21. How often do you use the following facilities?

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Covert Township Park
Van Buren State Park
Van Buren Trail
Covert Public Schools

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* 22. Please rate the importance of having the following recreational facilities in Covert Township:

  Not important Important - at no cost Important - with use of existing funds Important - will support a millage increase
Walking / biking trails
Playgrounds
Indoor event facilities
Outdoor gathering places (i.e. pavilions)
Baseball fields
Soccer / lacrosse / football fields
Basketball courts
Tennis courts
Campgrounds
Access to Lake Michigan

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* 23. Please indicate your level of suppport for Township effort toward each of the following in the next five years:

  Not important Important - at no cost Important - with use of existing funds Important - will support a millage increase
Developing / improving public parks
Developing / improving bike and walking trails
Adopting / applying natural area preservation techniques
Adopting / applying farmland preservation techniques
Preserving the rural character of the Township
Improving the shopping convenience for everyday items
Allowing more housing developments in the agricultural areas
Attracting jobs to the Township

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* 24. What are some positive aspects of living in Covert Township (select all that apply)?

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* 25. What do you consider to be negative aspects of living in Covert Township (select all that apply)?

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* 26. If you have any suggestions or ideas for the Covert Township Master Plan, please write them in the space below. 

Note: Community Master Plans serve multiple purposes, from governing how land should be used in the future to prioritizing municipal capital investments over a decade or more. In Michigan, Master Plans (also called Comprehensive Plans) are the legal basis for zoning and are encouraged to be reviewed or updated every five years by the state.

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