The Planning Commission of Norwich is embarking on a new planning cycle, and would like your feedback on priorities for our town. Please write your answers to the following question in the space provided:

What do you think are the 3-5 most pressing issues facing the Town of Norwich?

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* 1. The Planning Commission of Norwich is embarking on a new planning cycle, and would like your feedback on priorities for our town. Please write your answers to the following question in the space provided:

What do you think are the 3-5 most pressing issues facing the Town of Norwich?

The remaining questions are the same as or nearly the same as a Planning Commission survey that was distributed in 2005. The main purpose of these questions is to gauge any significant changes in resident sentiment since that time. The Selectboard is conducting this part of the survey. We estimate it will take 10-15 minutes. If you absolutely can't finish, please scroll to bottom and submit what you have completed.

We'll start off with an easy one:

How long (in years) have you lived in Norwich?

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* 2. The remaining questions are the same as or nearly the same as a Planning Commission survey that was distributed in 2005. The main purpose of these questions is to gauge any significant changes in resident sentiment since that time. The Selectboard is conducting this part of the survey. We estimate it will take 10-15 minutes. If you absolutely can't finish, please scroll to bottom and submit what you have completed.

We'll start off with an easy one:

How long (in years) have you lived in Norwich?

Another easy one... What is your street address?

(This information will ONLY be used to ensure that surveys are from residents of Norwich - your information will not be attached to your answers after the survey is closed and ready for analysis. If you choose NOT to leave your address, we will count it as "unverified" although it will still be in the overall results)

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* 3. Another easy one... What is your street address?

(This information will ONLY be used to ensure that surveys are from residents of Norwich - your information will not be attached to your answers after the survey is closed and ready for analysis. If you choose NOT to leave your address, we will count it as "unverified" although it will still be in the overall results)

Please check all of these that apply to you:

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* 4. Please check all of these that apply to you:

What "neighborhood" (approximately, to best of your knowledge) is your primary property interest in? (Feel free to write your street name in below if you aren't sure)

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* 5. What "neighborhood" (approximately, to best of your knowledge) is your primary property interest in? (Feel free to write your street name in below if you aren't sure)

The population in Norwich is currently approximately 3,400 people. What would you like to see happen to the population of Norwich? (Please check only one)

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* 6. The population in Norwich is currently approximately 3,400 people. What would you like to see happen to the population of Norwich? (Please check only one)

How do you view the quality of life in Norwich compared to times past? (Please check only one)

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* 7. How do you view the quality of life in Norwich compared to times past? (Please check only one)

What types of housing should Norwich encourage in the different zoning districts in the town?
(Check all that apply)

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* 8. What types of housing should Norwich encourage in the different zoning districts in the town?
(Check all that apply)

  Rural Village Commercial/ Industrial Not at All
Apartments in garages or existing buildings
High Rise Luxury Condos
Affordable Housing Units/Residences
Clusters of single family houses, closer to one another with common open space
Attached townhouses
Multi-unit housing (3 or more units)
Single-family houses on individual lots
Mixed residential and commercial buildings
The maximum height for buildings in Norwich is 35 feet (2-3 stories). You would like to see this height _____________ (pick one)

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* 9. The maximum height for buildings in Norwich is 35 feet (2-3 stories). You would like to see this height _____________ (pick one)

In the future, should development be more dense or less dense in the Village and Rural zones? (In each column check only ONE (1))

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* 10. In the future, should development be more dense or less dense in the Village and Rural zones? (In each column check only ONE (1))

  Village Rural
Make the zone much more densely developed.
Make the zone more densely developed.
The density should remain relatively the same in these zones.
Make the zone more sparsely developed in the future.
Make the zone much more sparsely developed in the future.
What would you like to see happen to the amount of commercial and business activity in Norwich? (pick one)

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* 11. What would you like to see happen to the amount of commercial and business activity in Norwich? (pick one)

Should commercial developments (those that are larger than home businesses or home occupations) be permitted in a Rural Residential zoning district of town? (Please check only one.)

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* 12. Should commercial developments (those that are larger than home businesses or home occupations) be permitted in a Rural Residential zoning district of town? (Please check only one.)

If you would like more commercial growth in town, what would you like and where would you like to see it occur? (Check all that apply)

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* 13. If you would like more commercial growth in town, what would you like and where would you like to see it occur? (Check all that apply)

  Village Rural Route 5 South/North/River Road Not at All
Gas stations
Auto dealerships
Cinemas
General stores
Casino
Department stores
Convenience stores
Offices
Nuclear Reactor
Retail
Restaurant
Community center
Warehouse
Farm
Farmstand
Contractors' Yard
Which of these would you like to have in town (left column) and in your neighborhood (middle column) or not at all (right column). (Check all that apply.)

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* 14. Which of these would you like to have in town (left column) and in your neighborhood (middle column) or not at all (right column). (Check all that apply.)

  Village Rural Route 5 South/North/River Road Not At All
Apartments in existing buildings
Apartment buildings
Attached townhouses
Auto repair shop
Bed & Breakfast
Buildings with more than 3 stories
Bus stop
Café
Child or day care facility
Cinema or theater
Clusters of single-family houses, close to one another, with common open space
Community center (local)
Cultural facility
Duplexes
Earth resource extraction or storage
Farm (animals)
Farm (crops)
Farm stand
Gasoline sales
General store
Group home
Inn
Manufacturing facility
Mixture of residential and commercial buildings
Mobile homes
Multi-unit (3 or more) housing
Nightclub
Nursing home or Residential care facility
Offices
Open space
Parking lot
Private club
Recreational play fields
Recreational trails
Research facility
Restaurant
Retail
Sidewalks
Single-family homes on standard-sized individual lots
For the treatment of wastewater in parts of Norwich, which do you prefer? (Please check only one.)

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* 15. For the treatment of wastewater in parts of Norwich, which do you prefer? (Please check only one.)

How many affordable housing units should be built in the next five years? (Please check only one)

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* 16. How many affordable housing units should be built in the next five years? (Please check only one)

If affordable housing is developed, what types of housing units would you like to see? (Check all that apply)

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* 17. If affordable housing is developed, what types of housing units would you like to see? (Check all that apply)

If affordable housing is developed where should it be constructed? (Check all that apply)

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* 18. If affordable housing is developed where should it be constructed? (Check all that apply)

To increase the supply of affordable housing, the Town should: (Check all that apply)

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* 19. To increase the supply of affordable housing, the Town should: (Check all that apply)

To what extent do you support the creation of small village-like centers (Hamlets), with higher density housing and some business and commercial uses, located away from the existing village? (Check only one)

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* 20. To what extent do you support the creation of small village-like centers (Hamlets), with higher density housing and some business and commercial uses, located away from the existing village? (Check only one)

If you support Hamlets, where should they be located and how many would you like to see? (Check all that apply.)

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* 21. If you support Hamlets, where should they be located and how many would you like to see? (Check all that apply.)

What types of commercial development belong in small village-like centers (Hamlets)? (check all that apply)

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* 22. What types of commercial development belong in small village-like centers (Hamlets)? (check all that apply)

How do you feel about the current amount of automobile traffic in the center of town? (Check only one)

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* 23. How do you feel about the current amount of automobile traffic in the center of town? (Check only one)

How do you feel about the current amount of automobile traffic in your neighborhood? (Check only one)

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* 24. How do you feel about the current amount of automobile traffic in your neighborhood? (Check only one)

Should Norwich develop a park and ride system?

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* 25. Should Norwich develop a park and ride system?

If yes, should this be for Norwich residents only?

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* 26. If yes, should this be for Norwich residents only?

Should the town spend a greater share of the town budget on? (Please check only one)

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* 27. Should the town spend a greater share of the town budget on? (Please check only one)

How satisfied are you with the condition of our roads? (Please check only one under each column)

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* 28. How satisfied are you with the condition of our roads? (Please check only one under each column)

  Paved Dirt
Not satisfied
Satisfied
Very satisfied
Should the town protect these resources with more, the same, or less regulations?

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* 29. Should the town protect these resources with more, the same, or less regulations?

  More Same Less
Agricultural land
Brooks, streams, and rivers
Critical wildlife habitat
Forest and woodland
Open spaces
Recreational land
Ridgelines
Scenic views
Steep slopes
Trails
Vernal (Seasonal) pools
Wetlands
How many hiking and recreational trails should Norwich have? (Please check only one)

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* 30. How many hiking and recreational trails should Norwich have? (Please check only one)

How much public conservation and recreation land should Norwich have? (Please check only one)

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* 31. How much public conservation and recreation land should Norwich have? (Please check only one)

What effect do you think an increase of the following will have on the quality of life in Norwich?

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* 32. What effect do you think an increase of the following will have on the quality of life in Norwich?

  Improve It  Have no effect  Erode It  Not Sure 😵
Affordable housing
Automobile traffic
Commercial growth
Bury Overhead Wires in Village
Hamlets
Increased housing density
Municipal sewer system
Open Space
Paving gravel roads
Recreational trails
Repaving paved roads
Residential growth
Road maintenance
Sound Barrier Walls on Interstate
Village Sidewalks
How do you prioritize investment in the following community resources, as relates to increases in your taxes?

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* 33. How do you prioritize investment in the following community resources, as relates to increases in your taxes?

  None  Low Priority High Priority Highest Priority No Idea and Glad this Survey is over! 
Affordable housing
Conservation, recreation, and trails
Burying Overhead Wires in Village
Connecting to Hartford or Hanover's municipal wastewater facilities
Norwich municipal wastewater facility
Road improvements
Sound Barrier Wall on Interstate 91
Please share any additional comments here...

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* 34. Please share any additional comments here...

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