Instructions.

Please answer each question as instructed. This survey is designed to gain public feedback anonymously so that the planning team headed by the Southern Iowa Council of Governments knows what issues are most important to the residents, property owners, and general public of Leon. It is also designed to educate SICOG about the planning principles that drive the people of Leon. Should the City be aggressive, or should it be conservative? The responses to this survey will help SICOG design the plan so it is useful and relevant to the community for many years. If you filled out a paper questionnaire with the same questions or filled out the online survey in January/February, please do not do this online survey.

Where do you live?

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* 1. Where do you live?

How many years have you lived in the Leon area?

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* 2. How many years have you lived in the Leon area?

How would you best describe Leon? (choose one)

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* 3. How would you best describe Leon? (choose one)

What are the most significant problems the city currently faces? (choose the best answer)

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* 4. What are the most significant problems the city currently faces? (choose the best answer)

Pick 6 of the following local issues and rank them based on importance to you, 1 being the most important and 6 being less important (some will not be selected).

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* 5. Pick 6 of the following local issues and rank them based on importance to you, 1 being the most important and 6 being less important (some will not be selected).

In your opinion, which statement best describes how city leaders should address its problems (select only one)?

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* 6. In your opinion, which statement best describes how city leaders should address its problems (select only one)?

How would you rate the overall current condition of the existing housing stock in Leon?

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* 7. How would you rate the overall current condition of the existing housing stock in Leon?

What is the greatest housing issue in your opinion? (select one)

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* 8. What is the greatest housing issue in your opinion? (select one)

In your opinion, how important is it that the community support existing businesses and industry and invest in expanding and new business and industry? (select only one)

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* 9. In your opinion, how important is it that the community support existing businesses and industry and invest in expanding and new business and industry? (select only one)

What types of businesses / services would you like to see established in Leon (be specific)?

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* 10. What types of businesses / services would you like to see established in Leon (be specific)?

How would you rate the dependability and quality of the following utilities?

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* 11. How would you rate the dependability and quality of the following utilities?

  Very high Somewhat high Indifferent – no strong opinion Somewhat low Very low
Water system
Sewer system
Storm sewer control
Solid waste/trash/refuse/recycling
Lighting/electricity
Natural gas
Telecommunications
Which elements of Leon’s infrastructure are in the most urgent need of improvement? (select no more than two)

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* 12. Which elements of Leon’s infrastructure are in the most urgent need of improvement? (select no more than two)

Please rate how much you agree with the following statements about the street, sidewalk, and trail systems in Leon? (check one option per line)

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* 13. Please rate how much you agree with the following statements about the street, sidewalk, and trail systems in Leon? (check one option per line)

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Indifferent – no strong opinion Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Streets are in adequate condition overall.
Having paved streets with curb and gutter are essential.
Some streets in town are no longer needed because there are few homes in the neighborhood.
I think the City’s plan should include a street improvement plan.
Street signage needs improved.
Sidewalks and trails are almost nonexistent or not located where I need them.
Sidewalks are in very poor condition where they do exist, and this is an issue to me.
I would be interested in public dollars being invested in more sidewalks and a trail network.
Sidewalks and trails really don’t matter to me.
I think the City’s plan should include a trails and sidewalk improvement plan.
Please identify any transportation safety concerns or areas in the roadways that need to be addressed. Please describe the location and the type of concern.

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* 14. Please identify any transportation safety concerns or areas in the roadways that need to be addressed. Please describe the location and the type of concern.

Please rate how much you agree with the following statements about Leon’s downtown / business district?  (check one option per line)

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* 15. Please rate how much you agree with the following statements about Leon’s downtown / business district?  (check one option per line)

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Indifferent – no strong opinion Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Downtown is vibrant and doesn’t need public investment
Downtown needs more retail options to attract more shoppers to town
Downtown buildings are in poor conditions and need immediate investment
The City of Leon should be involved in downtown investment
A downtown façade project is needed
Design standards should be adopted to create a consistent design and retain historic values
Downtown is no longer relevant
In your opinion, how satisfied are you with the following amenities/services in Leon? (check one option per line)

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* 16. In your opinion, how satisfied are you with the following amenities/services in Leon? (check one option per line)

  Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Indifferent – no strong opinion Somewhat unsatisfied Very unsatisfied
Parks, recreation areas, playgrounds, natural areas
Trails (hard surface, nature, snowmobile, etc.)
Access to locally grown foods, agri-tourism
Transportation network (direct route to where you want to go)
Transportation quality (road and bridge maintenance)
Transportation safety (speed, markings, signage, congestion, pedestrian safety)
Housing quality, variety, and price/cost
Availability of affordable, quality rental, senior, and special needs housing
Quality of employment options available to you/your family
Diversity of retail and services (such as attorneys, insurance, etc.) options available
Schools and childcare options
Medical and health care; wellness programs
Law enforcement
Solid waste disposal
Fire service
Water supply to home and business
Sanitary sewer service to home and business
Storm water management; flood control
High-speed Internet service
What, if any, historically significant elements of Leon warrant restoration or preservation?

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* 17. What, if any, historically significant elements of Leon warrant restoration or preservation?

What makes Leon a unique place to live? (be specific)

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* 18. What makes Leon a unique place to live? (be specific)

What are Leon’s TWO best attributes?

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* 19. What are Leon’s TWO best attributes?

What are Leon’s TWO worst attributes?

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* 20. What are Leon’s TWO worst attributes?

What is the greatest challenge facing the City of Leon that the City should plan for in the next 20 years?

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* 21. What is the greatest challenge facing the City of Leon that the City should plan for in the next 20 years?

What attributes of other communities would you like to see in Leon? (be specific/use examples)

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* 22. What attributes of other communities would you like to see in Leon? (be specific/use examples)

In your opinion, how important are the following factors to either have in Leon or available to Leon residents (check one option per line)?

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* 23. In your opinion, how important are the following factors to either have in Leon or available to Leon residents (check one option per line)?

  Very important Somewhat important Indifferent – no strong opinion Somewhat unimportant Very unimportant
Location and convenience to goods and services
Proximity to work
Quality job opportunities
Availability of quality, affordable housing
Reasonable cost of living
Low crime rate
Quality schools and other human services (medical, seniors, veterans, childcare, etc.)
Sense of community/rural way of life
Friends and family
Parks and recreation
Arts and culture
Environment, clean air and water
Agricultural economy and way of life
Financial resources to help young people and new residents become established
How much do you agree with the following statements about planning and zoning (check one option per line)?

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* 24. How much do you agree with the following statements about planning and zoning (check one option per line)?

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Indifferent – no strong opinion Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Zoning should be repealed; building regulations hinder property rights too much.
Zoning should protect property values and limit undesirable development but should be as limited as possible.
Zoning should be aggressive to promote Leon is a community poised to grow.
Zoning should be extended two miles outside of town.
The zoning ordinance needs updated and modernized to address new issues like wind farms, cell towers, and other trends.
Annexation should be promoted to encourage development in that area
Incentives for development, such as tax abatement and TIF, should be utilized by Leon to promote private development in Leon.
What information would you like to see on the Leon City website? (check all that apply)

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* 25. What information would you like to see on the Leon City website? (check all that apply)

If you are interested in being more involved in the development of a plan for Leon’s future, please leave your name and address and email address here so you can be contacted.

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* 26. If you are interested in being more involved in the development of a plan for Leon’s future, please leave your name and address and email address here so you can be contacted.

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