East Bay Charter Township is updating its Community Master Plan. The Master Plan is a blueprint for how a community desires to grow and develop, informing decisions about land use, zoning, transportation priorities, recreation, and resource conservation. Please take 10 minutes to complete this short survey by December 18, 2020 to help us better plan for the future, together. If you would like a hard copy of this survey mailed to you, please call Claire Karner at 231-947-8681 x2. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Township Hall.

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* 1. How would you rate the Township on the following quality of life issues? While many of these issues are regional in nature, we want to know how you feel the Township is performing in these areas.

  Excellent Good Fair Poor Unsure / Doesn't Apply
Variety of parks and recreation facilities
Cost of living and affordability
Quality of schools
Quality of roads
Employment opportunities
Variety of transportation options
Access to shopping and dining opportunities
Quality of Emergency Services (Police, Fire, and EMS)
Broadband and cellular services

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* 2. Which of the following housing options would you support adding in East Bay Township?

  Very supportive Somewhat supportive Neutral Somewhat unsupportive Very unsupportive
Single family houses
Senior living centers or communities
Smaller housing options 
Rental housing
Townhouses / row houses
Duplexes
Seasonal housing
Short term rentals
Housing above storefronts
Mobile or manufactured homes
Accessory Dwelling Units (also called granny flats)

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* 3. Which of the following transportation improvements would you be in support of in the Township?

  Very supportive Somewhat supportive Neutral Somewhat unsupportive Very unsupportive
More bike lanes throughout the Township
Sidewalks along both sides of collector roads, such as Three Mile and Four Mile 
Non motorized trails on arterial roads, such as Hammond
Sidewalks and pathways connecting existing neighborhoods with schools
Sidewalks within existing subdivisions
Accommodations for high speed electric bikes
Electric vehicle charging stations
Expanded bus routes and increased service 

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* 4. Which of the following recreational improvements would you like to see in the Township?

  Very supportive Somewhat supportive Neutral Somewhat unsupportive Very unsupportive
Improved access for people with mobility constraints
Expanded hiking trails
Improvements at neighborhood parks
Parks and recreation programming 
Increased public access to East Bay
Improved access for boaters to inland lakes
Expanded ATV and snowmobile trails

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* 5. The Township is actively working to support placemaking and economic development along the U.S. 31 Beach District. Which of the following businesses/amenities would you like to see encouraged in this district? Please keep in mind that many of these actions would require partnerships with other agencies. Check all that apply.

  Very supportive Somewhat supportive Neutral Somewhat unsupportive Very unsupportive
Expansion and increased frequency of BATA Bayline 
Pedestrian connections with nearby residential neighborhoods
More locally-owned businesses
Logo and branding with light pole banners, window decals, and shopping destination maps 
Safe pedestrian crossings 
Developments with a mix of housing, retail, and dining 
Improved public access to East Bay
Traffic calming measures to slow speeds
Increased tree canopy & preservation of existing white pines 

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* 6. Which of the following do you feel are zoning and/or land use issues in the Township?

  The most significant issue An issue but not the most pressing Not a major issue Not an issue at all
Redevelopment and reuse of vacant or underutilized properties 
High water levels on inland lakes and Lake Michigan 
Short-term rentals
Blight and junk on private properties 
Food Trucks
Limited development options in single family zoning districts
Residential development pressure in Forest Lakes Area

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* 7. Do you support the following solar energy projects in the Township?

  Very Supportive Somewhat supportive Neutral Somewhat unsupportive Very unsupportive
Large commercial Solar Farms
Roof-top solar
Residential scale solar

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* 8. Where do you live?

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* 9. What is your age category?

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* 10. Do you have school-aged children? (18 years of age or younger)

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* 11. Please provide your email address if you are interested in receiving updates on the master plan process. Your contact information will not shared and will not be tied to any of your survey responses.

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* 12. What is your VISION for East Bay?
Pretend you left East Bay Township and are returning after 15 years away. With the Township’s best interest in mind, what would you want to see upon returning? What has changed? What has stayed the same? Think about all aspects that make up this community including the transportation systems, land and water resources, parks, businesses, and neighborhoods.

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* 13. Please feel free to provide additional comments related to the questions above.

Thank you! We greatly value your insights and ideas.

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