Rockingham Planning Commission launches town-wide survey

ROCKINGHAM — The new Rockingham Planning Commission, tasked with overhauling and re-writing the Town Plan, has launched a town-wide survey asking residents, young and old, what they like and don't like about Rockingham and what they want for the future of Rockingham.

According to a news release from the Planning Commission, there is a survey for adults, and a special survey specifically geared to students. Parents are urged to encourage their children to respond to that survey.

The survey is a series of 32 simple questions such as “How satisfied are you with the condition of your street? How satisfied are you with the quality of the natural environment in Rockingham? How satisfied are you with activities for youth in Rockingham?”

Completing it may take 10 to 15 minutes. The survey is completely anonymous and respondents can ignore any questions they don't care to answer.

The Planning Commission calls the Town Plan “the one document essential to defining and implementing a community's hopes and visions. It provides the framework for attaining our aspirations through public investments and land use regulations. Many state grants to fund improvements or receive specialized technical assistance absolutely require that an updated plan be in place.”

They said they hope to gather a strong response “that reflects the opinions and desires of most of our residents. By responding, you are helping guide the development of a new Town Plan for all of Rockingham, including Bellows Falls, Saxtons River, Bartonsville, and Cambridgeport.”

The survey can be accessed at Paper copies of the survey are available at the Bellows Falls Senior Center and the Rockingham Free Public Library. Completed paper surveys can be left with the staff at these locations.

Also, postcards and fliers at many other locations have a Quick Response barcode so that users can go directly to the survey via cell phone or tablet.

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