Master Plan Survey #2: Quaint and Vibrant Harbor Springs

A primary goal of the City of Harbor Springs elected and appointed officials is to incorporate the values and priorities of City residents in the administration of City government.  The Master Plan is an important tool toward that end.  It is the document that guides all future land use decisions for the next twenty years, or more.  To that end, the City has created a series of surveys that gauges the community’s thoughts on several Master Plan goals. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Survey #2 is related to the current Master Plan’s Goal #2: “Harbor Springs will be a quaint and vibrant community with an attractive streetscape and amazing views.”

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* 1. Which of the following BEST describes you?

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* 2. How relevant are the following criteria for establishing a quaint and vibrant community? 

  Not Relevant Somewhat Relevant Very Relevant
Waterfront Parks
Diverse Downtown Shopping Selection
Variety of Restaurants
Downtown Aesthetics (such as trees, tree grates, flowers, benches, signs and banners, waste receptacles, art, etc.)
Non-Motorized Pathways (such as sidewalks and bike paths)
Bluff Views
Views of Little Traverse Bay
Parking Availability
Historic Charm & Character
City Services (Police, Fire, Water, Streets, Electric)
Recreation Opportunities
Zoning & City Code Enforcement
Quality Schools
Housing Inventory/Quality of Homes
Community Branding

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* 3. Currently, sidewalks exist in the most popular areas of Harbor Springs (such as downtown) but not in many residential neighborhoods.  Should sidewalks be expanded to less traveled areas of Harbor Springs?

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* 4. Public spaces and parks are unique assets that often define a community. How important is it that the City invests resources into the following parks/initiatives?

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important Very Important
Ford Park
Kiwanis Park
Zorn Park
City Beach
Skate Park
Zoll Street Beach (Dog Beach)
Marina/Waterfront Park
Tourist Park
Increase public park / greenspace land acquisitions 
Collaborative agreements/efforts with the School District for utilizing and managing space

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* 5. City planners often look to proven strategies to strengthen a community’s sense of place and desirability. Based on your knowledge, please indicate how necessary the following ideas and programs are for Harbor Springs.

  Not Necessary Somewhat Necessary Very Necessary I don't know
Smart Growth
Downtown Development Authority
Principal Shopping District
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Placemaking
Chamber of Commerce
Flood Plain Management
Wayfinding
Social Zones 
Community Forest Plan
Community Policing
Redevelopment Ready Community
AARP -- Age Friendly Community
Green Infrastracture
Capital Improvement Plan
Streetscape Plan
Vegetation Management Plan

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* 6. Should the City's Downtown Development Authority / Principal Shopping District do more for streetscape enhancement in the downtown (which could include creating a shopper’s alley, year-round tree lighting, installing pole banners, etc.)?

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* 7. Should the City do more in the area of Streetscape enhancement throughout the entire city, such as installing creative crosswalk designs, adding benches, installing decorative tree grates, incorporating more/improved street lighting, and etc.?

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* 8. Does Harbor Springs need more trees in the following locations?

  Yes No I don't know / I don't care
Downtown
Public Parks
Residential/Neighborhood Rights-Of-Way (street trees)

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* 9. In general, what is more important?

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* 10. Do you believe the City should evaluate zoning and land use standards for the purpose of attracting certain types of businesses?

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* 11. Should the City evaluate neighborhood capacity for accommodating seasonal rentals and establish standards to balance local interests with hospitality and investment objectives?

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* 12. Because most of the homes in Harbor Springs are owned as seasonal or second homes, should the City develop, implement and update improved communication channels to communicate with seasonal residents once they have left town for the season? 

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