Town of North Salem to seek community input via a townwide survey


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The Town of North Salem plans to survey residents, property owners and business owners to understand their visions for the town and feelings about various town issues. The survey, which is posted on the town’s website, is part of an ongoing review of issues impacting the town.

The Town’s decision to survey its constituents comes over ten years since North Salem adopted its Comprehensive Plan, which has served to guide decisions affecting quality of life, sustainability and delivery of services in North Salem. Town officials hope that survey responses will illuminate whether the vision laid out for the town in 2011 still holds up or if some changes are needed.

“The recommendation is to update your Master Plan every 10 years,” said Planning Board Chair Cynthia Curtis, who coordinated development of the survey. “We don't have any indication that there is a strong need to do that, but this survey will help us test that theory.”

The survey has 40 questions and is expected to take about 15 minutes to complete. It will include questions from the North Salem Recreation Committee and Climate Smart Community Task Force. Croton Falls residents and business owners will be asked to complete an additional set of about a dozen questions, the responses to which will help inform development of a Master Plan specific to the hamlet.

Last fall, the Town held two public informational meetings to solicit input from Croton Falls residents, property and business owners about how the hamlet should be improved. At those meetings, many attendees expressed interest in adding a sewer system and sidewalks to the business area of Croton Falls.

Postcards will be mailed to all Town residents this week, with a link to complete the survey online. Residents and business owners have until the end of March to complete the survey. Results will be analyzed throughout the month of April; Curtis expects to have preliminary results by May 1. The survey results will be used to inform future planning decisions about the town.

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