Thank you for being willing to participate in this short online survey. Your answers will be compiled with those of other citizens and be used to help inform the City regarding the update to the Comprehensive Plan. If you would like to receive periodic updates regarding the Comprehensive Plan please take a moment to complete the contact information at the end of the survey. You are also encouraged to visit often to review updates and other information.

Instructions: This survey is comprised of a series of statements. Please indicate the answer that best reflects your opinion.

* 1. In which zip code do you live?

* 2. How long have you lived in Lynchburg?

* 3. Statement: Lynchburg should help meet the needs of an increasingly diverse housing market?

* 4. Statement: Lynchburg should maintain a strong, mixed-use Downtown that is a focus for civic, business, residential, art, culture, entertainment and recreational activities.

* 5. Statement: Downtown should be a center for large-scale community events.

* 6. Neighborhood Services may include but are not limited to establishments like coffee shops, hair salons, Arts & Crafts stores, bakeries, and bookstores. They don’t include drive-through restaurants, convenience stores with gas pumps or other automobile-oriented uses.

Statement: Lynchburg should allow well-designed neighborhoods with a variety of housing types, small-scale neighborhood services and parks.

* 7. Statement: Higher density housing should be allowed near colleges and universities when compatible with adjacent uses and road capacity.

* 8. Statement: Limited neighborhood services should be allowed in high density residential areas.

* 9. Statement: Limited neighborhood services should be allowed at key intersections at the edges of medium density neighborhoods.

* 10. The Comprehensive Plan recommends more density than allowed by zoning. "Density Incentives" would allow the difference to be earned in exchange for providing community benefits. Examples of community benefits could include resource protection, specific housing types, redevelopment, parks or trails.

Statement: Density incentives should be granted for specific community benefits.

* 11. Accessory dwellings, also known as "granny flats," are secondary dwellings that are limited in size and occupancy and often have additional restrictions such as requiring the building to maintain the architectural style of the main dwelling on the site.

Statement: Accessory dwellings should be allowed where compatible with road capacity, neighborhood character and lot patterns.

* 12. Statement: Mobility should be improved by better street, bike, transit and pedestrian access.

* 13. Conservation areas are tracts of land that have been awarded protected status in order to ensure that natural features or cultural heritage are safeguarded. A conservation area may be a nature reserve, a park, a land reclamation project, or other area.

Statement: Development should be restricted in resource conservation areas to limited agriculture, parks and other low impact development.

* 14. Statement: Properties abutting conservation areas should be encouraged to cluster development outside the conservation area.

* 15. Currently the small scale production of alternative energy is not allowed anywhere in the City under the exisiting zoning ordinances. If this would change, the uses should be limited to areas where they are compatible with existing uses.

Statement: Allow the small scale production of alternate energy (wind, solar and energy from waste).

* 16. While a common requirement in other cities, Lynchburg does not require connection to new sewer lines. This makes it difficult to fund and operate new sewer extensions, and failing septic systems can be harmful to the environment. Sewers also tend to clog and not function properly unless there is sufficient waste flowing through them.

Statement: Where the City invests in sewer extensions, connections should be required.

* 17. The City could adopt a sewer rate surcharge to spread the cost of connection over time or even abate the costs for hardship cases. In the past, the City has waived connection fees when property owners have provided a needed easement.

Statement: Where the City requires sewer connections it should spread the costs over time or abate them.

* 18. If you would like to receive information regarding the Comprehensive Plan Updates please complete the information below.