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* 1. Questions 1-3 If your answer is “No”, please visit: https://www.stmarysmd.com/lugm/comprehensiveplanupdate/

Have you read the 2010 Comprehensive Plan and the Lexington Park Development District Plan?

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* 2. Have you read any of the other comprehensive plans that are on the website?

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* 3. Have you read any of the Goals, Objectives, and Policies sections from the earlier comprehensive plans that are on the Comprehensive Plan Update webpage?

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* 4. The Maryland Department of Planning requires a comprehensive plan to have 12 visions. These visions are explained on pages 3-1 through 3-5 in the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan can be found at: https://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/compPlan.pdf.

Please rate each Vision below.

Quality of life and sustainability: A high quality of life is achieved through universal stewardship of the land, water, and air resulting in sustainable communities and protection of the environment.

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* 5. Public participation: Citizens are active partners in the planning and implementation of community initiatives and are sensitive to their responsibilities in achieving community goals.

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* 6. Growth areas: Growth is concentrated in existing population and business centers, growth areas adjacent to these centers, or strategically selected new centers.

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* 7. Community design: Compact, mixed-use, walkable design consistent with existing community character and located near available or planned transit options is encouraged to ensure efficient use of land and transportation resources and preservation and enhancement of natural systems, open spaces, recreational areas, and historical, cultural, and archeological resources.

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* 8. Infrastructure: Growth areas have the water resources and infrastructure to accommodate population and business expansion in an orderly, efficient, and environmentally sustainable way.

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* 9. Transportation: A well-maintained, multimodal transportation system facilitates the safe, convenient, affordable, and efficient movement of people, goods, and services within and between population and business centers.

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* 10. Housing: A range of housing densities, types, and sizes provides residential options for citizens of all ages and incomes.

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* 11. Economic development: Economic development and natural resource-based businesses that promote employment opportunities for all income levels within the capacity of the State’s natural resources, public services, and public facilities are encouraged.

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* 12. Environmental protection: Land and water resources, including the Chesapeake and coastal bays, are carefully managed to restore and maintain healthy air and water, natural systems, and living resources.

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* 13. Resource conservation: Waterways, forests, agricultural areas, open space, natural systems, and scenic areas are conserved.

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* 14. Stewardship: Government, business entities, and residents are responsible for the creation of sustainable communities by collaborating to balance efficient growth with resource protection.

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* 15. Implementation: Strategies, policies, programs, and funding for growth and development, resource conservation, infrastructure, and transportation are integrated across the local, regional, state, and interstate levels to achieve these Visions.

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* 16. How well have the Visions in the 2010 Comprehensive Plan been implemented? https://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/compPlan.pdf

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* 17. How would you describe the quality of life in St. Mary’s County?

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* 18. What one thing would have the greatest impact on improving the quality of life in St. Mary’s County? (Please select one.)

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* 19. What are the major challenges St. Mary’s County will face in the next 10 years?

(Please select those you deem to be “major challenges” and add “others” you do not see listed.)

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* 20. Which is your opinion of the pace of commercial construction in St. Mary’s County?      

Please provide a brief explanation.

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* 21. Which is your opinion of the pace of residential construction in St. Mary’s County?

Please provide a brief explanation.

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* 22. What assets does the County have to build on during the next 10 years?

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* 23. What type of housing challenges do you find in St. Mary’s County?

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* 24. St. Mary’s County has regulations intended to safeguard the natural resources of the county. Are the current regulations adequate to protect the natural resources?

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* 25. St. Mary’s County has regulations intended to safeguard the rural character of the county. Are the current regulations adequate to protect the rural character?

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* 26. Why do you choose to live in St. Mary’s County? (You may choose and rank multiple selections with five being the highest ranking.)

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Community rural character
Natural resources
Close to home/work in SMC
Recreational Resources
Good place to raise children
Family and Friends
Type of housing
Quality of schools
Safety and security/low crime
Medical resources

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* 27. What do you think is inadequate in St. Mary’s County?

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* 28. What types of development should be discouraged in St. Mary’s County?

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* 29. Have you been concerned about any of the following in St. Mary’s County within the past 10 years? (You may choose and rank multiple selections with five being the highest ranking.)

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Developmental trends
Funding priorities
Environmental impacts
Economic issues
Family and Friends

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* 30. What is the one opportunity that St. Mary’s County should focus on in the future?

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* 31. Optional, please provide your email address if you would like to receive Comprehensive Plan update information and meeting notices.

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* 32. Please provide the zip code of your place of residence:

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* 33. How long have you been living in St. Mary’s County?(Select one)

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