This survey is being conducted to understand the needs and concerns of the townspeople of Dover with regard to open space and recreational facilities.

Dover's Open Space Committee (OSC), with the assistance many of Dover's boards and organizations, is updating the 2011 Dover Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). An update is necessary to qualify Dover for State reimbursement programs for the acquisition and protection of important open space. In addition, Dover’s OSRP acts as a long-term plan and guide to the Town when making important decisions on open space and recreation opportunities.

The OSC purposefully chooses its members to represent the many Boards and organizations that have an impact on or steward open space and recreation in Dover. For example, members of the OSC also serve on:
  • Conservation Commission
  • Planning Board
  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • Board of Selectmen
  • Board of Health’s Water Committee
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
OSC members are often members of the ad-hoc committees and subcommittees formed to assess projects or problems in Dover (e.g., the Water Committee). They are also active with local conservation groups including:
  • The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees)
  • Upper Charles Conservation Land Trust (UCCLT)
  • Dover Land Conservation Trust (DLCT)
  • Hale Reservation
  • Mass Audubon
  • Norfolk Hunt Club (NHC)
Faced with continuing significant development pressure, open space planning will help us preserve important green spaces while also allowing development to occur that maintains the character of the town.

Please take a few minutes to answer all of the applicable questions. The survey is anonymous and should take less than 15 minutes.

Please complete your survey by March 31st, 2019.
 
Thank you in advance for your help!

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* 1. Do you consider Dover: (please choose one)

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* 2. What are the top reasons you moved to or live in Dover? 
(please choose up to two reasons)

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* 3. Do you participate in Dover town government? (please check all that apply)

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* 4. What are the most important long-range planning issues facing Dover?
(please choose up to two issues)

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* 5. What do you think are Dover’s most important natural assets? 
(please choose up to two most important)

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* 6. What impacts of climate change is Dover most vulnerable to?
(please select up to three of Dover's vulnerabilities)

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* 7. How important is it to you to that Dover preserve: (please rate the level of importance)

  Extremely Important Important Of Concern Mild interest Not Important
Buildings of historical or architectural interest
Farmlands
Open spaces for water quality and quantity needs
Open Space for active recreation (e.g., soccer, softball)
Open space for passive recreation (e.g., walking, hiking)
Open space for aesthetics (e.g., rural feel, views)
Open space for wildlife habitat and resiliency (flora & fauna)

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* 8. To preserve open space in Dover, would you: (please select any you would do)

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* 9. What Dover Town Government actions do you favor to preserve open space?
(please select all that you support)

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* 10. Would you be willing to pay additional taxes to support the Town's acquiring land or conservation restrictions to maintain its rural character, protect water resources or provide passive recreational alternatives? (please select one)

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* 11. Recreational Facilities: Are you satisfied with the places available in Dover:
(please rate your satisfaction)

  Yes Somewhat No Don't Know
For children and youth to play and recreate outdoors?
For children and youth to play and recreate indoors?
For recreational use by adults outdoors?
For recreational use by adults indoors?
General condition of playing fields?
General condition of Caryl Park?
General condition of indoor facilities?

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* 12. What recreational activities does your family participate in within Dover?
(please check all that apply)

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* 13. Do you walk dog(s) in Dover's open spaces? (please select one)

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* 14. How often do you use the following for recreation: (approximately, number of visits per year)

  Frequently
(10 or more)
Occasionally
(up to 10)
Plan To/ Infrequently Enjoy the View Never
Snow Hill Reservation (Pine St or Centre St)
Town Green – music/movies/races
Powisset Farm (Powisset St)
Dover-Sherborn Region facilities – non-school related
Charles River boat launch - Bridge St
Caryl Park – organized sports (Dedham St)
Hale Reservation – walking
Pegan Hill (Pegan Lane, Natick)
Charles River boat launch - Riverside Drive
Springdale Field (Farm St & Springdale Ave)
Porter Woodlands (Bridge or Smith Streets)
Elm Bank (in Dover, access via Wellesley)
Chase Woodlands (Farm St)
Channing Pond – skating/fishing (Springdale Ave)
Caryl Communtity Center (town center)
Dover Library (town center)
Wylde Woods/ Centre Street Corridor (Centre St)
Bartlett Pines (Claybrook Rd)
Peters Reservation (Farm St or Charles River)
Caryl Park – Tot Lot (Dedham St)
Springdale Meadows (46R Springdale Ave)
Caryl Park – tennis (Dedham St)
Caryl Park – walking (Dedham St)
Noanet Woodlands (Powisset St)
Hale Reservation – swimming/programs
Dover Cemetery (town center)
Medfield State Forest (Charles River, behind D-S Region)

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* 15. Does Dover need any additional recreational facilities or activities (above &beyond those already available) which you would be willing to support with tax dollars, at least partially?
(please select up to five new facilities or activities)

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* 16. If Dover Parks & Recreation Commission needed more playing fields, would you:

  Yes Probably No
Favor the use of tax dollars for more fields?
Need a significant share of the cost be privately funded?

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* 17. Dover Greenway: How do you envision using Dover's Greenway once the abandoned rail line is converted into a stone dust trail, running from the center of town (Springdale Ave) to Hunt Drive? 
(please select all that apply)

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* 18. Have you used an unpaved/stone dust 'rail trail' in another town?
(please select all that apply)

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* 19. Impact of deer in Dover's open spaces: (please rate the impact)

  Yes Somewhat No
Are ticks or the risk of Lyme or other tick-borne diseases inhibiting your use of open space?
Are you concerned by the over browsing of underbrush by deer and its impact on the biodiversity of Dover’s forests?
In 2010, the Board of Health began a Deer Management Plan to cull the deer population using bow hunting on Town lands and private land with the owner’s permission. Do you support the Deer Management Plan?

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* 20. Road salt can have an impact on surface and ground water. 
Would you like the Town to reduce the amount of road salt during icy conditions? (please choose one)

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* 21. Water Restrictions: All Dover households rely on wells, whether private, neighborhood trusts or Colonial Water. The ground water and aquifers that provide the water to these wells, are a shared resource. 

During drought periods, do you support the Town putting water restrictions on lawn irrigation systems or taking other similar measures? (please choose one)

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* 22. 'Open Space' Zoning Bylaw has been proposed in the past by the Dover Planning Board. It applies only when large parcels are being developed. In ‘open space’ zoning, the total number of house lots allowed for a given land area does not change but smaller house lots are permitted to create a permanently protected open space parcel.

Would you favor a bylaw amendment to permit the Planning Board flexibility using ‘open space’ zoning for large lot development?  (please choose one)

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* 23. Community Preservation Act (CPA) would allow Dover to add a surcharge of up to 3% annually to property tax bills and receive some State matching funds, building a Preservation Fund. This Fund can be used to acquire or preserve open space, preserve historic buildings and landscapes, or for affordable housing, including for seniors.

Currently, 50% (175) of the cities and towns in Massachusetts have adopted the CPA. In 2018, almost $35M in State collected funds, mostly from real estate transactions, were distributed to match community tax surcharge dollars. In 2002, Dover voted not to adopt the CPA.

Should Dover adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) to start building up a Preservation Fund?  (please choose one)

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* 24. Demographics: What is your age?  (please choose one)

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* 25. Do you have children living at home? (if so, please select all appropriate age groups)

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* 26. Do you have animals? (please check all that apply)

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* 27. How many years have you lived in Dover?  (please choose one)

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* 28. What size is your property? (please choose one)

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* 29. If you would like to be added to a list to be notified about Dover OSC's monthly guided walks and other opportunities to get out onto Dover's open spaces, please provide your e-mail: (e-mail addresses will not be shared)

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* 30. Have missed any open space and recreation issues that concern you? (please specify)

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