Newton County is embarking on a planning and visioning process that will shape the future of the community through an update to the Comprehensive Plan.
The following public opinion survey is designed to provide residents and business owners an opportunity to voice opinions on various topics in the community. This information will assist the County in understanding the needs, goals, issues, and opportunities from the perspective of the people that live, work, and visit Newton County.
Thank you in advance for your participation!

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* 1. Where do you live?

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* 2. Which Commission District do you live in?

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* 3. Where do you work?

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* 4. How old are you?

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* 5. Which of the following best describes your current status? (Please select all that apply)

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* 6. Please rank the following characteristics based on importance for why you choose to live, work, or own property in Newton County.

Arrange the items in order of your priority, with 1 being the most important and 9 being the least important. You can either select an item on the list and drag it up or down within the list or select a number in the box.

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* 7. How much of a priority should the following issues be for Newton County?

  High Priority Low Priority Not a Priority
Recreational opportunities
Traffic congestion/circulation
Variety of housing choices and price points
Plan for future development
Recruitment of local small businesses
Greenspace and open space preservation
Walking and bicycling trails
Restaurant and retail development
Addressing dilapidated properties
Preservation of historic homes and sites
Beautification of public spaces
Job creation

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* 8. Please rate your satisfaction with each of the following public services or facilities.

  Satisfied Dissatisfied No Answer
Parks and recreation
Sidewalks and trails
Stormwater drainage systems
Senior services and recreation
Cleanliness of public spaces
Traffic management
Public safety (police, fire, and EMT) response times
Street and road conditions
Water and sewer services
Libraries
Disaster and emergency planning
Code enforcement

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* 9. Please indicate whether you agree, disagree, or have no opinion with the following statements.

  Agree Disagree No Opinion
There should be incentives that attract more commercial and retail businesses
There should be strategies to encourage mixed-use and walkable development 
There should be regulations that require green space preservation in new development
There should be a policy to encourage a variety of housing types and price points
There should be more focus on reducing traffic congestion

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* 10. Please rank the following recreational public facilities in accordance with the level of priority you feel they are for the County in the future. 

Arrange the items in order of your priority, with 1 being the highest priority and 6 being the lowest priority. You can either select an item on the list and drag it up or down within the list or select a number in the box.

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* 11. How close is the nearest park to your home?

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* 12. Please rank the following transit options in accordance with the level of priority you feel they are for the County in the future.

  High Priority Low Priority No Opinion
Public Transit providing circulator bus or vans within Newton County
Extend Xpress bus route to Covington with Service to Atlanta 
Encourage shuttle services provided by private businesses for their employees
Rideshare parking lots for carpools along I-20

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* 13. Please rank the following environmental topics based on the level of priority you feel they are for the County in the future. 

Arrange the items in order of your priority, with 1 being the highest priority and 5 being the lowest priority. You can either select an item on the list and drag it up or down within the list or select a number in the box.

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* 14. Please rank the following economic development topics based on the level of priority you feel they are for the County in the future.

  High Priority Low Priority No Opinion
Attract more industrial and manufacturing jobs
Attract more professional and office jobs
Attract more retail and restaurants
Strive for a diverse mix of industry, office, and commercial development
Offer incentives for industrial companies to locate in Newton County
Offer incentives for small businesses, start-ups and incubator spaces

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* 15. Do you think Newton County needs more, less, or the same amount of the following types of housing?

  More Same Less No Opinion
Single-family residential
Town homes
Apartments
Residential as a part of mixed-use developments
Mobile homes
Starter homes
Retirement communities for those aged 55 and above
Assisted living facilities

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* 16. Please state whether you agree, disagree, or have no opinion with the following statements on future residential development in Newton County over the next 20 years.

  Agree Disagree No Opinion
Increase the density of homes that are permitted in residential areas
Encourage development of vacant and under-utilized property
Diversify housing options
Allow residential development to be mixed with commercial development along major corridors
Residential growth should be limited
The County should require new development to preserve open space particularly in sensitive environmental areas

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* 17. Do you think Newton County needs more, less, or the same amount of the following commercial businesses?

  More Same Less No Opinion
Restaurants
Retail and shopping
Hotels
Family entertainment
Grocery stores
Department and Big Box stores
Small businesses

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* 18. Which statement best describes your opinion about the existing sidewalk and trail system in Newton County?

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* 19. Do you have broadband internet service?

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* 20. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing Newton County in the next 20 years?

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* 21. If there is anything else you would like to add, please share in the space below.

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