Welcome to the Northern Berks Joint Comprehensive Plan Update Community Survey!

The Northern Berks municipalities (Hamburg Borough, Perry Township, Shoemakersville Borough, Tilden Township, Upper Bern Township, Upper Tulpehocken Township, and Windsor Township) have started the process of updating their existing regional joint comprehensive plan of 2005. The planning committee in conjunction with the Hamburg Area School District and the Berks County Planning Commission would like to solicit input from you regarding what you view as important for the region moving forward into the future. Thank you in advance for participating in our survey. Please return your survey no later than November 15th, 2020. Your feedback is important!

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* 1. What part of the Northern Berks planning region do you live in?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. Do you rent or own a home in the planning area?

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* 4. How would you rate the overall quality of life in the Northern Berks region?

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* 5. In your opinion, how would you rate the importance of the following issues as they relate to the Northern Berks region?

  Most Important Important Somewhat Important Least Important N/A
Lack of affordable housing
Reuse/rehabilitation of historic properties
Too Many Vacant Commercial Buildings
Availability of healthcare
Traffic/congestion/transportation
Quality education
Crime/safety
Stormwater/drainage/flooding
Trash/litter abatement
Lack of employment opportunities/jobs
Lack of parking
Taxes are too high
Neighborhood deterioration
Lack of recreational opportunities

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* 6. How would you rate the roads/streets in the Northern Berks region?

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* 7. Do you agree with the following ideas as they pertain to the Northern Berks region?

  Strongly Agree Agree Disagree No Opinion
The Northern Berks region is growing too fast in regards to housing development.
It is important to preserve farmland in the rural parts of the region.
The Northern Berks region needs to attract new business development to generate additional tax revenue, to reduce the tax burden upon residents.
Local government should use local tax resources to redevelop properties that have been vacant for a long time.
Municipalities should offer incentives to businesses to expand an existing business or locate a business in the region.
There should be more opportunities for walking, bicycling and general recreation.
More efforts should be made to increase inter-municipal cooperation in providing emergency services such as fire protection, police and emergency medical services.

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* 8. On a scale of one to seven, with one being your highest priority, what would you prefer to see more of your municipal tax dollars go toward? (please rank the choices below 1 through 7 in your order of importance)

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* 9. Do you believe that beautification projects such as streetscapes or road corridor improvements would be a benefit to attracting new businesses to the Northern Berks region?

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* 10. Do you use the recreational opportunities already available in your community?

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* 11. Please tell us what you think are the assets or benefits of living in your community? (i.e. parks or recreation areas, trails, restaurants, shopping, etc.)

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* 12. Please add any additional comments/concerns you may have regarding the Northern Berks region.

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