This year, the city is updating its current Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan is a document and process that determines community goals and visions in terms of community development.  It can guide public policy in the areas of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, housing, economic development, and commercial/retail development. Completed in 2004, the current plan has guided the location and nature of development in New Franklin for the last 18 years.  It's time to revisit the document.  The 2004 Plan and related community survey can be found at www.newfranklin.org/1255/Comprehensive-Plan.

A group of 23 of your fellow residents has compiled this list of survey questions.  Your answers will be used to complete the new plan, which will determine the future character of our community.  Our goal is to gather as many opinions as possible, so please make your voice heard!

For easier online completion, we recommend using a computer or tablet.  The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and you can save your answers and return later to complete the survey from the same device (as long as you have not pressed the done button at the end of the survey).  This will be one way we gain public input from the community; there will also be community workshops to discuss the future of New Franklin during this planning process.  Please save the following dates:  Jan 26th, Feb 7th, March 9th at Gather at the Lakes (4315 Manchester Road) from 6-8 pm.  

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* 1. Please enter the access code from your letter.  If you don't have your access code, please proceed with the survey.

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* 2. How many years have you lived in New Franklin?

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* 3. Which age group do you fall in?

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* 4. What is your employment status?  Please check all that apply.

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* 5. What ward do you live in? Please look at ward map and check the appropriate box below.

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* 6. If you live in New Franklin, how satisfied are you with the following:

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Dining Options
Doctor Choices
Emergency Medical Service Response
Fire Protection
Grocery Store Options
Housing Affordability
Housing Choices
Infrastructure/Public Utilities
Overall Quality of Life
Park Facilities
Police Service
Public Utilities
Recreation for Adults
Recreation for Seniors
Recreation for Youth
Road Maintenance
Schools
Shopping Opportunities
Snow Plowing
Traffic

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* 7. If you live in New Franklin, would you encourage your children or others to live in New Franklin?

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* 8. How would you describe New Franklin?

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* 9. If you said rural, do you feel it is important to maintain a rural character in New Franklin?

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* 10. What types of development would you like to see in New Franklin as a source of additional revenue?  Please check all that apply.  

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* 11. How important is it to you for the city to enforce the following property maintenance issues?  Please check all that apply.  

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* 12. What parks and recreation improvements should the city consider in the future?  Please check all that apply.

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* 13. How do we foster community in New Franklin? Please check all that apply.

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* 14. What types of housing would you like to see built in New Franklin in the future?  Please refer to the zoning map if needed.  Please choose your top three.

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* 15. Please identify which type of housing you would consider to fill the need for "Senior Housing" (55+) in New Franklin.  Please check all that apply.

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* 16. If you were looking to purchase a home in New Franklin, what would you consider an acceptable purchase price?

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* 17. If you were looking for a rental in New Franklin, what would you consider an acceptable monthly rental rate?

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* 18. Are you aware of the following in the city?

  Yes No
City website
Community events
Council meetings
Rezoning process

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* 19. To pay for larger projects, the city may need to raise additional funds.  It can do this in two ways:  Tax Levy- a property tax increase on all properties, billed over some number of years, approved by voters.  Assessment- a property tax increase on properties affected by the project, billed over some number of years.

Some residents want sewers, and some do not.  To address the needs of all residents, what do you think is the best aproach? Please select one.

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* 20. Some residents want metered water, and some do not. To address the needs of all residents, what do you think is the best approach?  Please select one.

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* 21. Please respond to the following questions regarding broadband service.

  Yes No Not Sure
Do you have adequate broadband service to meet your needs?
Do you subscribe to broadband service?
Are you happy with your current broadband provider?

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* 22. Some residents want high speed internet (broadband), and some do not.  Currently there are areas in the city where it is not available.  To address the needs of all residents, what do you think is the best approach to making broadband more available? Please select one.

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* 23. The money New Franklin has available to spend comes from several sources:  34% income tax, 42% property taxes (including levies), 17% State Local Government Fund (LGF), and 7% other sources.  In the future, our city may need to increase the money it has coming in to maintain current services due to rising costs.  Which of the following do you feel are the best options to increase funding? Please select up to 3.

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* 24. Would you support bringing in more businesses and/or residents if it:

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Creates more jobs in the city
Creates more traffic in the city
Increases the money available for city services
Increases the cost of city services (police, fire, road, maintenance, etc.)
Changes the character of the community
Maintains the character of the community

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* 25. Presently, the city has areas zoned for business & industrial activity.  These are located in three areas of the city, generally represented by the letters on the map above.  If the city were to attract more of the following, where should they be located? Please choose all that apply.  

  A B C
Small employers (less than 20 jobs)
Larger employers (20+ jobs)
Restaurants
None

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* 26. Related to transportation in the city, do you feel that public funds (taxes) should be used to study and improve the following?  Please check all that apply.

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* 27. Every year, the city creates a budget for its spending.  Which of the following do you feel are the most important for the city to spend public funds (taxes) on?  Please choose up to four.

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* 28. What should the city do to assist with economic development (the retention of existing and attraction of new businesses) within the city? Please check all that apply.

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* 29. It has been 18 years since the current Comprehensive Plan was written.  How often should this planning process be repeated in the future?  

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* 30. Would you support additional taxes/levies to support potential improvements discussed in this survey?

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* 31. If the city needs input in the future, would you support participating in shorter, topic specific surveys?

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* 32. In 1-2 words, what is your vision of New Franklin in 10-20 years?

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* 33. In 1-2 words, what do you like the most about New Franklin?

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* 34. In 1-2 words, what do you like the least about New Franklin?

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* 35. Thank you for helping define the direction of New Franklin for years to come!  Have more to say?  Please leave your comments below or send to comprehensiveplan@newfranklin.org.  Watch the newspaper or check the city's website for announcements or sign up for notifications at www.newfranklin.org/1255/Comprehensive-Plan.

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