Since Ipswich's Community Development Plan project began last spring, we have heard from residents on the community’s key assets, concerns, and challenges—and how they envision the future of Ipswich over the next fifteen years. In the first phase's existing conditions analysis, we learned about the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing Ipswich today. Then, through a robust engagement and visioning process, including a community-wide survey and two community forums, the project team developed a draft vision statement for Ipswich tomorrow. This set of draft goals listed below draws from this engagement process and used the 2003 Community Development Plan as a foundation.  

A Community Development Plan is a long-range plan that will guide Ipswich's physical evolution over the next 15 years as it relates to these four elements:  (1) Housing (2) Economic Development (3) Transportation and (4) Public Infrastructure/Climate Resiliency. Certain planning issues, such as open space, schools, and social and cultural services, are addressed as they relate to these four areas, but not in an in-depth manner. 

We've heard from residents about what they want Ipswich to be like in 2035. Now, we need your help to rank these 17 goals to determine which of these should be prioritized over the next 15 years.

If you haven't already, you can view the Phase I deliverables including the draft needs assessment and vision statement here.

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* 1. Email Address

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* 2. Have you read the DRAFT vision statement?

We ask that you review the draft vision statement before continuing with the survey. You can review the draft vision statement here.

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* 3. Given limited resources, how would you prioritize the following 17 goals? Which would you focus most on over the next 15 years? Are there some that you feel are less important than others? Place the following goals in low, medium, or high priority buckets. 

Note: Aim to have spread the goals across the three priority buckets. Depending on how you choose evaluate the 17 goals, you could should have between 4 goals to 8 goals per each priority level. 

  Low Priority Medium Priority High Priority
DIVERSITY: Provide a range of housing choices to foster a socio-economically diverse community and to reflect the changing residential preferences and needs in our state, region, and local community.
DESIGN: Sensitively integrate well-designed new housing with light ecological footprints to use finite resources wisely and protect local historic, natural, and scenic attributes.
LOCATION: Create new housing options in neighborhoods near shops and services and supported by public water and sewer, strong schools, and welcoming community.
NEW JOBS: Cultivate a diverse economic base to foster new local jobs, including “work from home” opportunities.
EXISTING BUSINESSES: Sustain and expand existing businesses, including major employers such as EBSCO and New England Biolabs, and local, small businesses.
DOWNTOWN: Strengthen downtown’s economic and cultural vibrancy by preserving its historic authenticity, connecting people to the river, and protecting resources from flooding.
ECO-ECONOMY: Support Ipswich’s natural resource-based and agricultural economy through open space preservation as well as stewardship and responsible promotion of local coastal and natural assets.
YEAR-ROUND TOURISM: Expand local and regional natural, cultural, and historic tourism assets to transform Ipswich into a year-round destination.
LOCAL OPTIONS: Improve and expand the local transportation network to better serve all residents and encourage cleaner and healthier mobility choices, including biking and walking.
REGIONAL CONNECTIONS: Work with the MBTA, neighboring communities, and other partners to expand regional transit options to Boston and throughout Essex County.
SAFETY: Make roads safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, especially in highly-trafficked areas including downtown, other commercial areas, and near schools.
PARKING: Develop smarter parking management policies for downtown and around the commuter rail.
RESILIENCY: Protect Ipswich against climate-related events and trends such as sea level rise, drought, and heavier precipitation through investment in resilient infrastructure and policies.
REDUCING CONSUMPTION: Use resources wisely by reducing water use, waste disposal, and greenhouse gas emissions and increasing use of renewable energy sources.
REGIONAL COLLABORATION: Collaborate regionally to address large-scale issues such as resiliency, water supply, and transportation.
COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES: Serve and protect all residents, in particular Ipswich’s older adults, students, and vulnerable populations.
NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION: Protect open space and natural resources, including the Ipswich River, its marshes and coastal areas, its forests and wildlife habitat, and its ecosystems.

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* 4. Please explain your goal prioritization. Why did you select these  high-priority goals as the most important to focus on over the next 15 years?

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* 5. Please explain your goal prioritization. Why did you select these low-priority goals as the least important to focus on over the next 15 years?

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* 6. Are there any goals that you feel are missing?

Note: A Community Development Plan is a long-range plan that will guide Ipswich's physical evolution over the next 15 years as it relates to these four elements: (1) Housing (2) Economic Development (3) Transportation (4) Public Infrastructure/Climate Resiliency. There are certain planning issues, such as open space, schools, and social and cultural services that are addressed as they relate to these four areas, not in an in-depth manner.

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* 7. Do you have any other comments on the goals or draft vision statement? If so, please comment here.

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