The Westford Planning Commission will soon undertake the latest update of the Westford Town Plan.  As part of that effort, we are gathering public opinion on the important issues facing Westford today.  The community was last surveyed in 2009. Of the 925 surveys sent to all Westford households and property owners, approximately 254 were returned. This means nearly 1 in 4 households (27%) responded to the survey.  Although this is a good return rate, let’s see if we can out do ourselves this time around! 

Please take a moment of your time to answer the Westford Community Survey questions. The survey can be completed online or you may pick up and/or drop off a paper-copy at  the Westford Town Office or Westford Public Library.

Thank you for participating in our local planning process and efforts!

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* 1. Please indicate where you live or own property in Westford:

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* 2. Please indicate the number of  years you've resided or owned land in Westford:

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* 3. Please indicate the number of people in your household:

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* 4. If you reside in Westford, do you work from home on a regular basis?

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* 5. If you reside in Westford, are you self-employed?

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* 6. Do you own a business located in Westford?

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* 7. The following is a list of HOUSING GOALS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and future of this community.

  Extremely important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely unimportant
Provide affordable housing.
Provide housing for all income levels.
Provide senior housing.

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* 8. The following is a list of ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and future of this com unity.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Provide opportunities for economic development.
Encourage small business.
Encourage large business.
Provide childcare options.

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* 9. The following is a list of TRANSPORTATION GOALS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and future of this community.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Maintain public roads at their current level.
Upgrade and improve public roads.

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* 10. The following is a list of COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE GOALS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and future of this community.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Provide community composting facilities.
Utilize community facilities to produce renewable energy.
Improve communication infrastructure (e.g. high speed internet, landline phone service, cellphone service, etc.)

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* 11. The following is a list of COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING GOALS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and future of this community.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Improve & increase community programs & events.
Improve & increase recreation spaces & facilities.

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* 12. The following is a list of NATURAL RESOURCE GOALS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and future of this community.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Protect significant natural resources.
Protect large forest blocks.
Protect farmland.
Support local food production.
Protect the rural character.
Protect scenic views.
Protect historic & archeological sites.

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* 13. The following statements deal with the topic of DEVELOPMENT.  Please indicate the level of importance of each type of development to the people and future of the community.

  Extremely important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
General Store
Restaurant/Tavern
Rock Quarry
Gas Station
Agriculture - Crops & Livestock
Garden & Equipment Supply
Indoor Recreation Center
Outdoor Recreation Center
Childcare & Education
Diverse Housing Options

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* 14. Residential growth has been:

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* 15. Commercial growth has been:

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* 16. The Town should promote residential development.

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* 17. The Town should promote commercial development.

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* 18. The following statements deal with the topic of SERVICES, please rate the quality of the following services in Westford:

  Satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Dissatisfied
Fire Service
Police Service (Protection)
Police Service (Speed Limit Enforcement)
Trash & Recycling Service
Public Road Maintenance
Public School
Public Library
Town Clerk & Treasurer Offices
Planning & Zoning Offices
Listers
Selectboard
Planning Commission
Development Review Board
Conservation Commission
Recreation Committee
Recreation Programs

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* 19. Municipal services have kept pace with the rate of new development.

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* 20. The following statements deal with the topic of VOLUNTEERISM AND COMMUNICATION. Do you volunteer with any groups, boards, committees, etc. in town?

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* 21. If you do not volunteer for any local groups, boards, committees, etc., why not?

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* 22. Do you read the Town Newsletter?

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* 23. How do you receive information about the town?

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* 24. The following is a list of TRANSPORTATION ACTIONS. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and the future of this community.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Improve the quality of gravel roads.
Improve roads by adding pavement.
Construct a sidewalk connecting the Public Library to the Brick Meeting House.
Develop public trail connections between the center of town , school and public lands on Brookside Road.
Develop public trail connections between the center of town and rural areas.
Improve public trail networks within town and to neighboring towns (trail that can provide an alternative transportation link around and between towns).
Improve safety of alternative  transportation options  (horseback riding, bicycling, walking, running, etc) on public roads.
Construct park & ride facility at the bottom of Old Stage Road near Essex.
Coordinate car or van pooling.
Develop electric vehicle charging stations in town.

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* 25. The following is a list of RECREATION ACTIVITIES. Please indicate the level of the importance of improving the quality and/or availability of each item.

  Exteremly Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Walking, hiking & XC sking areas/trails.
Horseback riding areas/trails.
Bicycling areas/trails.
Mountain biking areas/trails.
ATV areas/trails.
Snowmobiling areas/trails.
Recreation path connections.
Hunting areas/access.
Fishing areas/access.
Swimming areas/access.
Camping areas.
Picnic areas.
Natural areas.
Playing fields.
Community centers & spaces.
Recreation Department programs for children.
Recreation Department programs for adults.

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* 26. The following is a  list of OPEN LAND USES. Please indicate the level of importance of each item to the people and the future of this community.

  Extremely Important Important Neither Important or Unimportant Unimportant Extremely Unimportant
Agriculture.
Silviculture.
Recreation.
Scenic view areas.
Wildlife corridor & habitat protection.
Flood area protection.
Water quality protection.
Stormwater retention.
Environmentally sensitive areas protection such as wetlands, significant natural communities, deer wintering habitat.
Carbon sequestration.

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* 27. Large undeveloped forest blocks located near hill-tops and ridge-lines containing significant unfragmented wildlife habitat and natural areas are present in Westford.  Would you support a conservation district with a minimum lot size requirement of greater than 10 acres in these areas?

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* 28. What do you think is the most critical issue facing Westford?

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* 29. What is in most need of improvement in Westford?

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* 30. How might Westford foster a stronger sense of community?

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* 31. What services would you like that Westford does not currently provide?

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* 32. What can Westford do to support business and/or business development?

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