The Kennebunkport Growth Planning Committee Wants Your Input!

The Growth Planning Committee (GPC) is distributing a community survey to find out what members of the Kennebunkport community think about the Town, the issues it faces today, and the services it provides. The GPC conducts a survey of this kind approximately once every ten years to gain vital input from community members about Town needs and planning priorities.
The 2018 Community Survey will be available from September 1, 2018 to November 20, 2018. The survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your opinions and concerns. Your input is vital for understanding future town planning needs and guiding the GPC as it embarks on the next update of the Kennebunkport Comprehensive Plan. 

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* 1. Please describe your relation to the Town of Kennebunkport (please check all that apply).

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* 2. How long have you been a part of the Kennebunkport community?

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* 3. What area of town do you reside in? (see map for reference)

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* 4. Do you watch Town meetings on the local cable access channel or stream them online?

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* 5. I stay current with Town happenings by attending meetings, reading Town mailings, or other means.

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* 6. Please rate the importance of the following town characteristics:

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Low crime rate
Attractiveness of Town
Access to coast and recreation/cultural opportunities
Character of housing and villages
Sense of community
Low taxes
Proximity to employment

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* 7. Please rate how important the following issues are to you.

  Very Important Important Somewhat Important Not Important Not At All Important
Traffic
Parking
Natural resources and the environment
Affordable housing
Senior housing and services
Housing for young families
Short-term rentals

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* 8. Please rank the following issues according to what the Town's priorities should be over the next 5 - 10 years, with "1" being the top priority and "7" being the lowest priority.

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* 9. Considering the municipal services provided by the Town, I think the amount of money I pay in taxes is: 

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* 10. The Town should concentrate growth in the areas with public water and sewer that are adjacent to the village centers.

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* 11. The preferable land use pattern is higher density development near and adjacent to villages and lower density development in rural areas. 

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* 12. Kennebunkport has a Growth Management Ordinance that establishes the maximum number of new dwelling units that can be constructed each year. The Town should continue to limit the number of new residential dwelling units.

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* 13. There is a lack of affordable housing in Kennebunkport.

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* 14. It is important for Kennebunkport to have housing that is geared toward seniors.

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* 15. The Town should require developers to construct affordable housing or be required to pay an "in-lieu of" fee to support construction of affordable housing.

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* 16. The Town should seek to diversify the tax base by encouraging more commercial and industrial growth. 

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* 17. The Town should encourage a broad mix and diversity of housing types to enhance diversity and affordability.

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* 18. The Town should institute a system of impact fees on new development to help pay for needed public infrastructure. 

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* 19. The Town should continue user fees (building permits, beach stickers, parking fees) to support the cost of municipal services and facilities.

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* 20. The Town should work more actively to support small home-based businesses and home occupations in the Town. 

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* 21. It is important to maintain and preserve a high quality elementary school in Kennebunkport.

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* 22. The Town should work to explore regional transportation alternatives during high-traffic months. 

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* 23. The Town should continue to develop a system of bikeways, trails, and pedestrian paths.

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* 24. The Town should continue to improve and construct new sidewalks.

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* 25. The Town should continue to support and preserve the fishing, lobstering, and shellfishing industries within the Town. 

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* 26. The Town should play a more active role in protecting sensitive environmental areas through measures such as enhanced regulations for septic systems, fertilizer and pesticide application, etc.

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* 27. I would be willing to support a town land acquisition program using town tax dollars (such as an annual set aside of 1%, or approximately $190,000) to purchase areas of critical environmental importance as well as public access to water bodies and other natural features.

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* 28. Important open space and natural areas have been lost to development.

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* 29. The Town is doing an adequate job of protecting its wetlands, waterways, and other areas of environmental significance. 

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* 30. The Town should provide resident access to the water for small recreational water craft.

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* 31. The Town should play a more active role in regulating short-term rentals.

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* 32. The Town should plan for local impacts of sea level rise and a changing climate.

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* 33. The Town should work to reduce energy consumption of town-owned facilities.

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* 34. Municipal sustainability means meeting the needs of present community members without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Town should develop a sustainability plan.

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* 35. The traditional character of the following areas of town, as described below, is negatively changing.

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Cape Arundel is characterized by nineteenth century resort character with a hotel, small inns, and shingle-style residences.
Cape Porpoise is a livable, walkable, fishable community that contains a harbor for fishing and lobster boats as well as pleasure craft. Stores in the area are oriented toward groceries, retail, and restaurants and streets are narrow.
Dock Square is primarily a retail center comprised of stores supplying day-to-day convenience items as well as high quality, locally-owned galleries, shops, and restaurants. It is characterized by historic architecture.
Goose Rocks has traditionally been a family-oriented area with cottage style houses characterized by uncrowded, walkable beaches with public bathrooms and public access.
The Village Area and Maine Street are the center for municipal services in town with overhead tree canopy, historic homes and structures, and restricted parking. 
The Riverfront Area contains a town dock and public access to the water with visitor slips for those traveling to Kennebunkport by boat. Small, mixed-use buildings preserve a scenic view corridor.
The Rural Area is marked by forest, farmland uses, free-range and domestic animals, hiking trails and picnic/recreation areas, wildlife refuges, watershed protection areas, and wilderness and open space.
Other (please specify in comment box)

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* 36. What is one thing you would change about Kennebunkport?

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* 37. What do you enjoy most about living in Kennebunkport?

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