Creston Community Plan Opinion Survey

The following questions ask your opinion about Creston and various community development issues, such as housing and streets. The survey will guide a community plan and help set priorities for future city improvements and contribute to a 20-year plan for the city. Please answer each question honestly. If you fill out an online survey for this plan, please do not fill out a paper survey. All surveys are anonymous. Thank you for your time and effort to make Creston a better place to live and work.

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* 1. Where do you live?

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* 2. How many years have you lived in the Creston area?

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* 3. How would you best describe Creston? (Select one)

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* 4. Pick 6 of the following local issues and rank them based on importance to you personally, 1 being the most important and 6 being less important (some will not be selected).

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* 5. How would you rate the overall current condition of the existing housing stock in Creston? (Select one)

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* 6. What is the greatest housing issue in your opinion? (Select one)

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* 7. In your opinion, how important is it that local government and partnering organizations (such as the chamber and UCDA) support existing businesses and industry and invest in expanding and new business and industry? (Select only one)

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* 8. What types of businesses / services would you like to see established in Creston (Be specific)?

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* 9. How would you rate the dependability and quality of the following utilities?

  Very High Somewhat High Indifferent - No Strong Opinion Somewhat Low Very Low
Water System
Sewer System
Storm Sewer Control
Solid Waste/Trash/Refuse/Recycling
Lighting/Electricity
Natural Gas
Telecommunications

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* 10. Which elements of Creston’s infrastructure most urgently need improvement? (Select no more than 2)

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* 11. Please rate how much you agree with the following statements about the street, sidewalk, and trail systems in Creston? (Check one option per line)

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Indifferent - No Strong Opinion Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
Streets are in adequate condition overall.
Having paved streets with curb and gutter are essential.
Some streets in town are no longer needed because there are few homes in the neighborhood.
I think the City’s plan should include a street improvement plan covering long-term needs.
Street signage and traffic signals need improved.
Sidewalks and trails are almost nonexistent or not located where I need them.
Sidewalks are in very poor condition where they do exist, and this is an issue to me.
I would be interested in my taxpayer dollars being invested in more sidewalks and a trail network in Creston.
Sidewalks and trails really don’t matter to me.
I think the City’s plan should include a trails and sidewalk improvement plan.

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* 12. Please identify any transportation safety concerns or areas in the roadways that need to be addressed. Please describe the location (address or intersection if possible) and the type of concern.

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* 13. Please rate how much you agree with the following statements about Creston’s downtown / business district? (Check one option per line)

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Indifferent – No Strong Opinion Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
Downtown is vibrant and doesn’t need public investment.
Downtown needs more retail options to attract more shoppers to town.
Downtown buildings are in poor conditions and need immediate investment.
The City of Creston should invest any available tax dollars and related incentives in transformative uptown improvements.
The current Uptown committee that is planning for future improvements should remain active and work to carry out long-term strategies.
Design standards should be adopted to create a consistent design and retain historic values.
Downtown is no longer relevant.

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* 14. In your opinion, how satisfied are you with the following amenities/services in Creston? (Check one option per line)

  Very Satisfied Somewhat Satisfied Indifferent – No Strong Opinion Somewhat Unsatisfied Very Unsatisfied
Parks, recreation areas, playgrounds, natural areas
Trails (hard surface, nature, snowmobile, etc.)
Access to locally grown foods, agro-tourism
Transportation network (direct route to where you want to go)
Transportation quality (road and bridge maintenance)
Transportation safety (speed, markings, signage, congestion, pedestrian safety)
Housing quality, variety, and price/cost
Availability of affordable, quality rental, senior, and special needs housing
Quality of employment options available to you/your family
Diversity of retail and services (such as attorneys, insurance, etc.) options available
Schools and childcare options
Medical and health care; wellness programs
Law enforcement
Solid waste disposal
Fire service
Water supply to home and business
Sanitary sewer service to home and business
Storm water management; flood control
High-speed Internet service

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* 15. In your opinion, how important are the following factors to either have in Creston or available to Creston residents (Check one option per line)?

  Very Important Somewhat Important Indifferent – No Strong Opinion Somewhat Unimportant Very Unimportant
Location and convenience to goods and services
Proximity to work
Quality job opportunities
Availability of quality, affordable housing
Reasonable cost of living
Low crime rate
Quality schools and other human services (medical, seniors, veterans, childcare, etc.)
Sense of community/rural way of life
Friends and family
Parks and recreation
Arts and culture
Environment, clean air and water
Agricultural economy and way of life
Financial resources to help young people and new residents become established

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* 16. What, if any, historically significant elements of Creston warrant restoration or preservation?

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* 17. What makes Creston a unique place to live? (Be specific)

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* 18. What are Creston’s TWO best attributes?

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* 19. What are Creston’s TWO worst attributes?

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* 20. What attributes of other communities would you like to see in Creston? (Be specific/use examples)

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* 21. List two specific physical assets or amenities that are absolutely essential for a good quality of life in Creston.

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* 22. Of the following choices, what statements best describe the issues you see with the City of Creston and its collaboration with other entities? (Choose no more than three)

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* 23. In your opinion, which statement best describes how city leaders should address Creston’s problems (select only one)?

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* 24. Please rank (1 is top rank) the following as to where the City should invest more resources in partnership with other organizations compared to the level of investment today.

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* 25. How much do you agree with the following statements about planning and zoning (check one option per line)?

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Indifferent – No Strong Opinion Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
Zoning should be repealed; building regulations hinder property rights too much.
Zoning should protect property values and limit undesirable development but should be as limited as possible.
Zoning should be aggressive to promote Creston is a community poised to grow.
Zoning should be extended two miles outside of town.
The zoning ordinance needs updated and modernized to address new issues like wind farms, cell towers, and other trends.
Annexation should be pursued near Summit Lake and other developed areas just outside of the city.
Incentives for development, such as tax abatement and TIF, should be utilized by Creston to promote private development in Creston.

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* 26. What information would you like to see on the Creston City website? (Check all that apply)

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* 27. One feature of this plan will be individual sections on neighborhoods and the needs and development of those areas. Please identify the neighborhood that best describes where you live.

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* 28. Please list one good thing about your neighborhood that is special or better off than other parts of Creston. (Be specific.)

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* 29. Please list one weakness about your neighborhood that is a concern compared other parts of Creston. (Be specific.)

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* 30. If you are interested in being more involved in the development of a plan for Creston’s future, please leave your name, email, and address here so you can be contacted.

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