PORTLAND - As part of the creation of a new comprehensive plan underway in the Town of Portland, residents of the town are being given an opportunity to share their opinion on community issues by completing an online survey.
The online survey is part of the planning process being undertaken by a seven-member community Steering Committee and Small Town Planning Services, a local consulting firm based in Westfield, on behalf of the Town of Portland and its residents.
The results from the survey will help ensure the plan developed for the town accurately reflects the issues, concerns and goals of its residents. Residents' views regarding what they like about Portland, what they want to see improved and what they want Portland to be like in the future are critical to the success of the planning process.
"The survey results will help us to further develop the Town's vision and goals," Small Town Planning Services owner Don McCord said. "Our task will then be to work with the steering committee to use the community inventory data, and survey input, to identify practical strategies to help achieve the community's vision."
Anyone who lives in the Town of Portland, including the Village of Brocton, or who owns a business or property in the town may complete a survey. Survey responses will be confidential and are anonymous. The online survey program utilized does not identify whose computer is utilized or which IP address a survey is sent from.
Steering Committee Chairperson Bob Patterson is hoping for a strong response rate.
"This is your town," he said, "Please complete the survey so we know what you want your town to be in the next five to 10 years. The more residents that complete the survey, the more confident we can be that our comprehensive plan in on the right track."
The online survey is expected to take residents approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be available online until Friday, Dec. 7. The survey can be accessed at portlandsurvey2012.questionpro.com or via a link on the Town of Portland website, www.town.portland.ny.us.
For those without Internet access, paper versions of the survey will be available at Portland Town Hall and at the Ahira Hall Memorial Library. All completed paper surveys must be returned to Town Hall or the library before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Questions about the survey or the comprehensive plan may be directed to Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller of Small Town Planning Services at 969-2542 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.