2010-07-29 / Editorial

Time is running out: Respond now to the Community Survey


Town Planner Lisa Bryer called this week to say response to the Community Survey is lagging behind expectations. The last time Jamestown conducted such an opinion survey of island residents, 10 years ago to be exact, some 1,300 responses were received.

To date, the town has had about 600 responses to the questionnaire. Bryer said they are hoping more people will take the time to complete the survey.

Why is the Community Survey so important?

The Community Survey is used by the town planner and the Jamestown Planning Commission to draft the Comprehensive Community Plan. State law requires that the town write a new community plan every 10 years.

The community plan serves as a guideline to the town’s growth and development. This document is referred to often by the Planning Commission and the Town Council.

The community plan should reflect the desires and wishes of the town’s residents. So if you want your opinion to be heard, now is the time to weigh in:

Do you agree with goals in the previous Community Plan? What do you think about preserving open space? Is local agriculture important to you? Should we have accessory apartments? Do we need more recreational facilities? What do you think about island roads? Do we need more public facilities? Should we preserve island historical places?

You can pick up a copy of the survey at the Town Planning Office at Town Hall on Narragansett Avenue.

Or you can go online and complete the survey. Visit www.JamestownRI.net and click on the Town of Jamestown 2010 Community Survey.

The deadline for the survey is July 31, which is just a few days from now. The clock is ticking...

— Jeff McDonough

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