Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Westfield is in the process of rewriting its decades-old Master Plan. This important document is a blueprint for the future, guiding local decisions and policies that will shape the City for the next generation. However, the plan will only be successful if it is representative of the current needs of the community. That is why your input is so valuable!

Public workshops are also planned for the Fall of 2022 and Spring of 2023. Up-to-date project information can be found at www.cityofwestfield.org/masterplan.

Please spread the word, the more response received, the better informed our plan will be!

The survey will be open until November 30, 2022.

If you have additional input, questions, or barriers to participating, please contact Ashley Sweet (Assistant Project Manager at Weston & Sampson) at sweet.ashley@wseinc.com.

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* 1. What best describes your residence status?

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* 2. What is your age group?

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* 3. How long have you lived in Westfield?

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* 4. What do you think makes Westfield a great place to live? (Choose your top 3)

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* 5. Please provide up to three words or short phrases that you feel best describe Westfield (good and/or bad). Please keep your three entries to no more than 50 characters each.

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* 6. Below are some of the areas that a Master plan can address. On a scale of “very important” to “not important,” please indicate how important is it that the City take measures to address the following:

  Very Important Important Somewhat Important Not Important
Emergency (e.g., Fire, Police) Services
Public Works (DPW) Services (e.g., trash collection, plowing, etc.)
Scenic resources and aesthetic character
Preservation of historic character
Open space (e.g., keeping some land undeveloped)
Recreational resources and opportunities
Natural resource protection (e.g., drinking water/aquifers, wildlife, air quality, etc.)
Sustainability & energy efficiency 
Local adaptation for climate change 
Agriculture and local food production
Traffic and transportation improvements (including walking and cycling accommodations)
Public transportation (PVTA)
(Future) East-West passenger rail service
Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport
Senior services
Safety and security (e.g., do you feel Westfield is a safe place to live?)
Shopping convenience for everyday needs (groceries, etc.)
Shopping convenience for other items
Cultural activities (e.g., festivals, parades, concerts, theater, etc.)
Ease of parking downtown
Diversity and availability of housing
Affordability of housing
Senior housing
Quality of public schools
Westfield State University
Stricter regulation of development
Economic development and promoting the City
Job creation 

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* 7. Do you feel Westfield needs more, less, or the same amount of the following types of development? 

  More Less Same Amount
Commercial (e.g., stores, consumer services)
Office
Single-family residential along existing roads and streets
Single-family residential in new subdivisions
Multi-family residential (including apartments and condominiums)
Mixed use (housing and commercial together)
Alternative housing options (e.g., tiny homes, accessory/in-law apartments, co-housing)
Larger-scale industrial (e.g., warehousing, processing, manufacturing operations)
Smaller-scale industrial (e.g., light manufacturing, specialty trades)
Commercial scale renewable energy facilities (e.g., solar, wind, geothermal)

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* 8. Below are examples of actions and policy that Westfield may consider recommending through its Master Plan. Please rate how supportive you are of following.

  My Top Priority! Very Supportive Supportive Neutral Opposed Don’t Know
Enhancing sustainability and energy efficiency
Improving and maintaining recreation resources
Supporting historic preservation
Conserving wildlife habitat, aquifers, wetlands, and forested areas
Promoting development of vacant or underutilized properties 
Updating land development regulations and zoning
Improving public schools
Prioritizing roadway upgrades & traffic improvements
Supporting public transportation
Increasing walkability 
Expanding bicycle access
Addressing the affordability of housing
Promoting economic development
Improving flood protection, stormwater, wastewater, and water infrastructure
Promoting and supporting agriculture
Adapting for climate change

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* 9. How do you feel about the following statements? 

  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t Know
The City has done a good job protecting its local character
The City has done a good job protecting its historic and cultural resources
The City provides adequate recreational opportunities for its residents
The City has done a good job protecting is natural and environmentally sensitive features (forests, aquifers, wetlands, etc.)
The City has done a good job protecting its agricultural resources and supporting the farming community
The City has done a good job supporting local economic expansion (e.g., jobs, business development, tax base)
I would recommend Westfield as a top choice for a family planning a move to the Pioneer Valley

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* 10. Are there any additional comments or concerns that you would like to make us aware of?

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