Burton Township Land Use Plan - Survey Questions

Burton LUP - Survey Questions

CHAPTER IX:  SURVEY RESULTS

Survey Questions

 

Berkshire Community Planning Association (BCPA) Questions

The BCPA is a non-profit consortium of local governments committed to addressing local common issues from a regional perspective. Burton, Claridon and Troy Townships, the Village of Burton, and the Berkshire School District are all represented in the BCPA. The primary focus of the BCPA is

to provide a region wide forum for the exchange of ideas concerning common issues facing the Berkshire communities individually and collectively,
 
to provide opportunities of public enlightenment and awareness concerning local and regional issues and concerns, and
 
to foster a sense of regional cooperation and planning and assure the optimum benefit of future development upon the Berkshire communities, the Berkshire School District, as well as preservation of the region's life character qualities.

The BCPA is neither pro nor anti development. The organization is committed to the rational management of the Berkshire region's future development. Further the BCPA recognizes that in addition to being responsible stewards of community resources and qualities, the planning for future development promotes fiscally responsible use of tax revenues.

Please read the following statements concerning the issues facing the Berkshire community region and your local communities. Circle the response that best describes your opinion of the statements.

  1. Considering the preceding overview of the BCPA, I believe this approach to the regions development issues is desirable.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  2. Farmland preservation, conservation easements, and open space development plans are generally considered as methods by which communities can address housing density requirements and still preserve a portion of the development as a shared open space. I believe this type of development is appropriate for this region.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  3. Residential growth rates which exceed 2% per year impose significant tax liabilities by escalating the cost of services (roads, public safety, and other public services) beyond established property tax bases. I believe the Berkshire communities should stabilize local cost of services by planning to restrict residential growth rates to less than 2% per year.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  4. Typically fire and safety services are some of the highest costs townships and villages incur. Many communities have looked at the option of consolidating fire and safety resources to control costs while improving the quality and consistency of these vital services. I believe it is appropriate for the Berkshire communities to investigate the possibility of a regional plan for fire and rescue services.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  5. Low density or large lot residential zoning (3 - 5 acres) which is typical in Claridon, Burton and Troy Township has been in place for many years. This choice of lot size has been chosen by the local communities primarily due to the nature of the region's soils and what is characterized as their low capacity to safely handle septic discharge. It is generally accepted that the construction and maintenance of sewers will be required in order to increase residential density and significantly reduce lot sizes. I believe the Berkshire communities should consider sewers to increase residential density and reduce residential lot sizes.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  6. The federal and state EPA concerns for clean water in the Berkshire region specifically identifies the controlling of non-point sources of surface water pollution as a priority. Failing septic systems have been targeted as a major contributor to non-point source pollution. Proper servicing of septic systems will dramatically help to assure the reduction of surface water pollution. How often do you believe the average septic system (based on a family of 4), should be pumped and serviced?

    1 year    2 years    3 years    5 years    Never
     
  7. Increasingly there has been a concern among Berkshire community residents about opportunities for more organized sports / recreational programs for adults as well as youth. I believe the Berkshire community should encourage increased regional sport / recreational opportunities.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  8. The Berkshire region is served by 3 major east west roadways, US 322, SR 87, US 422. Considering future commercial development, the areas adjacent to the geographic arteries are thought to be most effectively utilized for commercial development. I would encourage the Berkshire communities to consider future commercial efforts along those arteries and away from agricultural and residential land use areas.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  9. The Berkshire region affords its residents a number of unique life qualities. To me the most important of these life qualities are, (check all that apply).
     
    1. ______ A relatively non-intrusive local governmental presence
    2. ______ Septic systems instead of sewer systems
    3. ______ Open space / rural character
    4. ______ Quality public education opportunities
    5. ______ Relatively low population density
    6. ______ Natural recreation opportunities
    7. ______ Relatively low property tax base
    8. ______ A generally unspoiled environmental setting
    9. ______ Minimal traffic congestion
    10. ______ Effective law enforcement services
    11. ______ Effective fire and rescue services
    12. ______ All of the above
    13. ______ None of the above
       
  10. Future development of the Berkshire region is inevitable over the next 10 years. Which qualities are you subsequently willing to sacrifice? (Check all that apply.)
    1. ______ A relatively non-intrusive local governmental presence
    2. ______ Septic systems instead of sewer systems
    3. ______ Open space / rural character
    4. ______ Quality public education opportunities
    5. ______ Relatively low population density
    6. ______ Natural recreation opportunities
    7. ______ Relatively low property tax base
    8. ______ A generally unspoiled environmental setting
    9. ______ Minimal traffic congestion
    10. ______ Effective law enforcement services
    11. ______ Effective fire and rescue services
    12. ______ All of the above
    13. ______ None of the above
       
  11. Considering the same menu of regional life qualities, which characteristics would you most likely preserve by supporting increased taxation? (Check all that apply.)
    1. ______ A relatively non-intrusive local governmental presence
    2. ______ Septic systems instead of sewer systems
    3. ______ Open space / rural character
    4. ______ Quality public education opportunities
    5. ______ Relatively low population density
    6. ______ Natural recreation opportunities
    7. ______ Relatively low property tax base
    8. ______ A generally unspoiled environmental setting
    9. ______ Minimal traffic congestion
    10. ______ Effective law enforcement services
    11. ______ Effective fire and rescue services
    12. ______ All of the above
    13. ______ None of the above

 

BSD Questions

Please read the following statements concerning the issues facing the Berkshire School District. Circle the response that best describes your opinion of the statements.

  1. The Berkshire School District (BSD) operates five separate facilities in the Berkshire region. In recent years the aging elementary facilities in Troy and Claridon have increasingly strained the districts maintenance and operational fiscal revenues. The cost of total rehabilitation of these facilities is generally considered not to be a cost effective expenditure of your tax dollar investments. Both the Claridon and Troy facilities are significantly limited by the nature of their obsolete building technology. Additionally, this opinion is supported by architectural experts and by State of Ohio Education officials. The State Education officials will not commit state revenues to the rehabilitation of these educational plants, as those costs are too high when compared to the value of new construction. The consolidation plan now being considered by the Board of Education (BOE) would vacate the Claridon and Troy buildings and include a new construction expansion of Burton Elementary, a renovation of the Jr. High School facility to become a middle school, and the construction of a new stand alone High School plant. Given the obsolete nature of the Claridon and Troy facilities, I believe this plan is a fiscally responsible approach to resolving the district's future educational requirements.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  2. BSD curriculum advances such as district wide computer labs, science facilities, and specialized applications have obvious benefit to our students and families. At the same time these advances have also significantly reduced the availability of general classroom space. The consolidation plan being considered by the BOE will promote the enhancement of increasing technological curriculum demands as well as resolve the necessary present and future general classroom requirements. I believe this approach to be a desirable course of action.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  3. In recent years a number of concerns have been expressed about perceived inconsistencies in the elementary education programs between the Burton, Claridon, and Troy buildings. The consolidation plan being considered by the Berkshire School District anticipates the centralization of the district's K thru 4 educational programs at the Burton elementary facility, which will be expanded and remodeled accordingly. This plan will reduce any educational program inconsistencies, effectively promote the equalization of class sizes, dramatically improve faculty collaboration, and insure uniform student access to all district educational resources. I believe this feature of the proposed consolidation plan is desirable.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  4. The results of the 1999 BSD survey of the Berkshire communities indicated that slightly more than 89% of the respondents either (agreed) or (strongly agreed) that academic focus continue as the districts number 1 priority. The BOE remains committed to this priority. In recent years however, there has been a significant interest within the Berkshire communities to advance the district's athletic facility capabilities. Currently other than site preparation work associated with the proposed construction of a new high school plant, no new athletic facilities have been included in the consolidation plan. The BOE is also aware that presently no track facilities are available in the Berkshire School District, and that a realistic need for such a facility exists. Because of the convenience of concurrent construction and subsequent site preparation, a stand-alone track capability might be economically feasible with financial assistance from private sources. I would support a stand-alone track and field facility being included in the Berkshire consolidation and construction plans.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  5. The Berkshire Athletic Boosters recently requested the BOE consider athletic facilities which they would like to see included in the "base building project" for a new high school. Please indicate your support for these additional construction activities and their subsequent cost.
A sports stadium with track
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
 
A two story multi-purpose athletic/community facility attached to the new high school
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
 
A 110 foot long main gymnasium floor
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
  1. Other items the boosters would like to see included in the base building project or taken into consideration for future projects are
3 tennis courts
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
 
2 outdoor basketball courts
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
a baseball diamond
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
 
a softball diamond
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
 
2 practice fields
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
 
a swimming pool
_____ I would support    _____ I would not support    _____ Unsure
  1. The BSD has a long history of successful joint venturing with the private sector, individual donors and organizations like the boosters, to improve the quality of the district educational and athletic facilities. The acquisition of the proposed high school properties is an outstanding example of such a joint venture. I would encourage the BOE to seek out these financial alternatives for the funding of additional athletic facilities as an alternative to using additional tax revenues.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  2.  If successful in implementing the consolidation plan under consideration, the BOE will most likely have to dispose of the vacated Troy and Claridon facilities. The BOE would like to see these historic sites integrated in community service to the Troy and Claridon communities. Although obsolete in a public education role, these buildings could easily be preserved as child day care centers, local recreation facilities, or community centers. I believe the townships of Troy and Claridon should be given the first priority in the disposition of these vacated sites.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree

 

Burton Township Questions

Please read the following statements concerning the issues facing the Burton Township. Circle the response that best describes your opinion of the statements.

  1. Burton Township officials are responsible for maintaining more than 21 miles of roads. The cost of these services is the largest single budget line item for the Trustees. Currently, road services are funded by the township road levy in addition to state and federal assistance on major improvement projects. I believe the current level and quality of road services in Burton Township is adequate.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  2. In recent years, the cost of road maintenance has dramatically increased. Currently, the present road levy is only marginally adequate for funding for road maintenance. I would support an increase in the township road levy to better fund road maintenance.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  3. Burton Township zoning provides for the ability of residential property owners to use their properties in the operation of home occupations. In recent years this type of land use has dramatically increased. Complaints from other residential interests have also dramatically increased. Environmental issues, noise nuisances and volumes of business traffic level typify the majority of these complaints. I believe the township officials should increase the regulation of home occupation use, and increase the enforcement of same.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  4. Fire and rescue services are one of the most expensive budget items for township officials to manage. Presently, the township contracts fire and rescue services from the Burton Fire Department. These services are manned only 12 hours each day. I would support the necessary property tax increases to defray the township's portion of increasing the Burton Fire Department staffing capacity to provide 24 hour manned fire and rescue service.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
  5. Almost 25% of the land in Burton Township is owned by the City of Akron for its water supply. While this provides an open space resource which most likely will not be developed, this land use does not yield any significant tax revenue. I believe that the City of Akron presence is positive for the residents of Burton Township.

     Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  6. In the past 10 years Burton residential development has significantly outpaced commercial industrial growth. As a result a significantly higher tax burden has been placed upon residential land use. I would encourage the township officials to develop an environmentally responsible plan to increase commercial / light industrial development.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  7. Within the last year township officials have opened up dialogs with Burton Village officials. The purpose of these discussions has concerned resolving growth issues along the eastern route 87 commercial industrial corridor. To date these dialogs have focused on the possibility of a township and village joint venture designed to address these issues. I would encourage the township officials to continue these communication and planning efforts.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  8. Recently, Burton zoning eliminated R-3 1 ½ acre residential land use. Now primarily due to poor soil conditions 3 acres is the minimum lot size. Although county planning officials have recommended that Burton soil conditions warrant 5 acre land use designations, the majority of the township remains at 3 acre residential minimums. I believe the appropriate lot size should be

    2 acres    3 acres    4 acres    5 acres    5+ acres
     
  9. Multiple family construction and other high density housing are now excluded from Burton township zoning. I agree with this residential land use restriction.

    Strongly Disagree    Disagree    No Opinion    Agree    Strongly Agree
     
  10. Currently the minimum residential building floor area is 1200 square feet I believe the appropriate minimum residential building area should be.

    1200,    1500,    1750,    2000,    No opinion
      
  11. The minimum residential frontage for new construction is currently set at 250 feet for a 3 acre lot. I believe the appropriate frontage for a residential 3 acre lot should be.

    200,    250,    300,    300+,    No opinion
     
  12. I have lived in Burton Township for 1 year or less.

    1 year or less,    2 - 5,    6 - 10,    11 - 20,    20+
     
  13. My age group is,

     

    18-30,    31-40,    41-50,    51-60,    60+

  14. My household income range is,

    0 - 14,999    15 - 29,999,    30 - 49,999    50-74,999    75,000+

  15. I voted in the 2000 general election

    Yes    No

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