Hello! The responses from this survey will help to guide the steering committee as they set priorities and make recommendations for the Lower Frederick Township Comprehensive Plan. At the beginning of the planning process, township residents expressed broad support for enhancing the villages of the township and preserving the township’s open space and natural areas. The following questions will explore different aspects of these two goals and the ways that Lower Frederick might achieve them.

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* 1. First, tell us a little about yourself. Please check all that apply:

During the open house, attendees were invited to choose their preferences for a number of development, preservation, and housing questions. Their responses showed strong support for maintaining the historic character of the township's villages, and indicated a preference for future development to continue in that style. Attendees said they preferred smaller commercial buildings that create a "Main Street" atmosphere, future development built near Zieglerville or Spring Mount as walkable neighborhoods, and indicated that a variety of home sizes would be welcome.

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* 2. Listed below are the main elements of the "Enhance Village Areas" goal from the open house. Do you agree or disagree with this definition of "Enhance Village Areas"?

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Reuse of historic buildings
Storefront buildings close to the street
Homes in a variety of sizes
Sidewalks or other walking connections
Neighborhoods with smaller lots, near Zieglerville or Spring Mount

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* 3. In your own words, what does "Enhance Village Areas" mean to you?

Open house attendees showed and strong interest in preserving natural areas and open spaces in the township. They preferred passive uses for preserved open spaces rather than active recreation uses, and indicated that the preservation of natural areas and historic farming areas were of equal importance.

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* 4. Listed below are the main elements of the "Preserve Natural Areas and Open Space" goal from the open house. Do you agree or disagree with this definition of "Preserve Natural Areas and Open Space"?

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Preserve farmland
Save open spaces for passive recreation
Connect open spaces with trails
Preserve woodlands and trails
Protect local streams

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* 5. In your own words, what does "Preserve Natural Areas and Open Space" mean to you?

Current population forecasts project that the population of Montgomery County will continue to grow in the coming decades. While Lower Frederick‘s forecasted growth rate is somewhat lower than that of the county, the township’s population is projected to grow by approximately 10% over the next 20 years- an increase equivalent to 115 new households. Newer projections may update estimates of the township's future population.
While it is difficult to predict the specific amount and location of future development, the availability of public sewer service makes development more likely. The effect that any new development has on Lower Frederick could vary greatly, depending where it is and what form it takes.

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Visualizing Forecasted Population Increase

Visualizing Forecasted Population Increase
Over the past two decades, Lower Frederick's participation in regional planning has helped the township to achieve local preservation and  growth management goals, while also satisfying the state's land use planning requirements. With the other communities of the Central Perkiomen Regional Planning Commission, Lower Frederick maintains a comprehensive plan that sets the region's planning goals and outlines their implementation. In the Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Comprehensive Plan, most of Lower Frederick Township is designated as either Rural Resource Conservation Area or as Future Growth Area on the Future Land Use Map.

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Future Land Use Map with Sewer System

Future Land Use Map with Sewer System

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* 6. Based on the map above, where do you live?

Much of the township is designated as Rural Resource Conservation Area. This scenic area surrounds the villages and holds most of Lower Frederick’s farmland, natural areas, open space, and undeveloped land. Natural and historical resources can be found throughout this area.

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* 7. Please order the following conservation subjects from highest to lowest priority (1=high, 6=low):

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* 8. If you have additional comments regarding conservation, please share them here:

The Future Growth Area includes the township’s three villages: Spring Mount, Zieglerville, and Delphi. Together, this group of villages is home to half of the township’s population and much of its business community. This mix of homes and businesses is one of the defining traits of the area’s historical village character.

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* 9. Do you agree or disagree with the following:
Lower Frederick should continue to encourage future development in the Future Growth Area

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* 10. Additional smaller-scale commercial development in village areas should be a  _______ for future development.

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* 11. In each village area, how would you rate the importance of additional commercial development?

  Higher priority for commercial development Medium priority for commercial development Lower priority for commercial development
Spring Mount
Zieglerville
Delphi

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Lower Frederick Zoning

Lower Frederick Zoning
The first portion of this chapter, Village Development, focuses on the community’s goals regarding the location, amount, and type of development to plan for. The second portion, Community Character, addresses details of the design, form, and use of new development.

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Zieglerville village and surroundings

Zieglerville village and surroundings
The villages of Lower Frederick share many traits with other historical villages of the region, but still retain distinct identities. The homes and businesses in these areas tend to be built closer to one another and nearer to the street. Many years of ongoing development and redevelopment has created a mix of uses and housing types.

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* 12. Please order the following list of possible features of new development from highest to lowest priority (1=high, 5=low):

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* 13. If you have additional comments regarding development features, please share them here:

Through zoning and development ordinances, the township can help to ensure that future development complements the existing community and supports Lower Frederick’s planning goals. Good design matters everywhere, but the same rules may not be appropriate for all parts of a community. Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is a type of zoning ordinance that encourages new development to incorporate common traits from historical villages or towns. TND zoning can be tailored to fit a community, and helps to ensure that new development complements the historic character.

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Traditional Neighborhood Development can include residential and commercial buildings of many types and sizes. The photos below show a few examples of common building types in the Traditional Neighborhood Development style .

Traditional Neighborhood Development can include residential and commercial buildings of many types and sizes. The photos below show a few examples of common building types in the Traditional Neighborhood Development style .

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* 14. The following are some of the common features of Traditional Neighborhood Development. Please order them from highest to lowest priority for Lower Frederick (1=high, 6=low):

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* 15. If you have additional comments regarding the elements of Traditional Neighborhood Development, please share them here:

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* 16. In which area(s), if anywhere, should Lower Frederick apply Traditional Neighborhood Development guidance for new development?

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* 17. Please order the following housing types from most suitable to least suitable for development in the Future Growth Area (1=most suitable, 6=least suitable):

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* 18. If you have additional comments regarding housing types, please share them here:

Households come in many different sizes, and their needs can change over time. Allowing for a variety of housing types and adaptation can help to make a community more welcoming and flexible. Permitting homeowners to install Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also called "In-law Suites" or "Granny Flats", is one way communities can help growing families and people who want to age in place.

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Accessory Dwelling Unit Examples

Accessory Dwelling Unit Examples

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* 19. In your opinion, how suitable are ADUs in each Future Land Use area?

  Highly suitable Slightly suitable Neutral/No opinion Slightly unsuitable Highly unsuitable
Future Growth Area
Rural Resource Conservation Area
Lower Frederick has many reminders of its centuries-long history located throughout the township. Homes, barns, and other historic structures serve as a living record of the community's past. Historic Preservation offers a number of options for celebrating and protecting these community assets.

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* 20. How would you rate the goal of Historic Preservation?

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* 21. How would you rate the importance of creating incentives to encourage the preservation or reuse of historic buildings:

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