South Branch Township Community Survey (Master Plan Update 2019)

Per state law, communities that have Master Plans are required to review their Plan every five years to determine if it needs updating. South Branch Township has recognized the importance of having an up-to-date Master Plan and is seeking citizen input for the update.

The purpose of the South BranchTownship Master Plan is to provide guidelines for future development of the community, while protecting the water resources, other natural resources and rural township character. The master plan provides guidance to township officials when dealing with land use and recreation facility planning in the township. Additionally, the master plan will give direction to township officials when participating in land use and zoning issues.

This is a short survey. It should take you ten minutes or less to complete. Please take the time to complete the survey to help plan the future of your township! The deadline for survey submission is February 20, 2019. Thank you!

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* 1. How many people live in your household?

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* 2. Please enter the number of people in your household in each age category.

  1 2 3 4 or more
Under 5 years old
5 to 19 years old
20 to 44 years old
45 to 59 years old
60 to 64 years old
65 and older

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* 3. Occupation of household members. (select all that apply)

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* 4. Please check one answer below which describes your current resident status.

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* 5. How long have you owned property in South Branch Township?

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* 6. How many more years do you estimate you will live at your current residence?

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* 7. Why do you live in South Branch Township? Check one or more.

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* 8. Do you feel that South Branch Township should do more to preserve or protect any of the following natural resources? Select one choice for each item.

  Yes Neutral No
Open space
Farm land
Forest lands
Wetlands
Lakes and rivers
Ground water
Wildlife habitat

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* 9. How much of a problem are these issues in South Branch Township? Check one choice for each item.

  Not a problem Small problem Medium problem Big problem
Groundwater contamination
Water pollution
Illegal dumping
Unsightly or unsuitable business operations
Blighted properties
Lack of affordable housing
Condition of roads
Lack of employment
Oil and gas development
Access to cell service or high speed internet
Property taxes
Property values
Access to services (medical, business)
Access to recreational opportunities
Clear cutting of trees
Educational opportunities

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* 10. Should South Branch Township expand commercially or remain as is?

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* 11. Should we encourage more recreational areas in South Branch Township?

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* 12. What types of recreational facilities would you like to have available in South Branch Township? Please select the (3) three recreational facilities that you feel are most important.

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* 13. Do you support the establishment of on-site wind turbines (which only provide power to the property on which they are located) in South Branch Township?

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* 14. Do you support the establishment of utility-scale wind turbines in South Branch Township?

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* 15. Do you support the use of solar energy panels on residences and businesses (which provide power only to the property on which they are located) in South Branch Township?

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* 16. Do you support the establishment of utility-scale solar energy facilities (solar farms) in South Branch Township?

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* 17. Should the Township allow more attached housing (i.e. townhomes, apartments, attached condominiums)

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* 18. Should the Township allow more accessory dwelling units (granny flats, garage apartments)?

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* 19. Should the Township allow tiny homes smaller than 750 square feet? (note: 750 sq ft is the current South Branch Township minimum dwelling unit size)

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* 20. If you think the Township should allow tiny homes, how would you like to see them allowed?

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* 21. Are short-term rental homes an appropriate use in residential neighborhoods? (A short-term rental is a single-family dwelling which is offered as a rental facility for less than 30 days)

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* 22. Where do you see a need for additional universally-accessible facilities (i.e. disabled access)?

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* 23. Does the Township have adequate emergency services?

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* 24. What makes South Branch Township a great place to live?

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* 25. What are some problems that you feel need to be addressed in South Branch Township?

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* 26. What changes should occur to make South Branch Township an even better place to live?

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