Comprehensive Plan Survey

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Town of Gray Comprehensive Plan Survey. Filling out this survey is an important opportunity for you to provide input to direct Town policies for the next several years. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to fill out.

Background

A Town’s Comprehensive Plan contains the long-range vision that functions as a guide for important municipal policy decisions. Comprehensive Plans are typically updated or re-written every 10 to 15 years. The point of beginning for updating a “Comp Plan” is commonly a Town-wide survey.

The Town’s current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in the early 2000’s before the “by-pass” (Rt. 26A) was constructed. Changes over the past 15 years prompted the Gray Town Council to include a limited update to the Comp Plan in this year’s budget specifically including two important chapters; transportation and land use. The focus of this survey is on these two inter-connected chapters of the Comp Plan.

Filling out the survey:   (Note: Please complete no later than Sunday, October 30th)

The Town requests that each property owner or member of a household (over 18 years of age) in Gray fill out one survey each. If each member of your family do not have time to each fill out their own survey, please ensure that at least one member of your household fills out the survey no later than Sunday, October 30th.

*  Please note that an asterisk [*] indicates that a response is required in order to complete and submit the survey.

1. Services & Practices
Recognizing that additional Town services typically mean increasing taxes, how would you rate the following CURRENT facilities and services?
NEED MUCH IMPROVEMENTNEED SOME IMPROVEMENTADEQUATEEXCEED NEEDNO OPINION
Winter Road Maintenance of major roads *
Spring/Summer/Fall Road maintenance *
Better roads/paving *
Transfer Station facilities *
Services at Town Hall *
Library programs & resources *
Activities for those 55 and older *
Recreational opportunities for kids *
Gray Fire & Rescue *
Police/Sherriff presence *
Other
Adding or improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities often requires both Town funds and using additional right-of-way width. To what degree (if any) do you support Town investment for the following areas:
NO SUPPORTNEUTRALSOME SUPPORTSTRONG SUPPORTNO OPINION
Continuation of existing sidewalks in Village area *
New facilities in immediate Village area *
New facilities in residential areas around Village *
Village area south to Gray Plaza *
Village area west towards new Rite Aid *
Rt. 26 from Village to By-Pass i.e. Chipman’s *
Rt. 26 from By-Pass to Libby Hill Rd. intersection *
Rt. 26 from Libby Hill Rd. north to residential areas *
Rt. 26 between residential areas and Dry Mills *
Rt. 26 near Dry Mills (North Raymond Road) area *
Rt. 26 Dry Mills intersection north towards NG line *
Dry Mills area west to Wilkes Beach *
2. Future Land Use Development
One of the most effective means to reduce the Town’s current dependence on residential tax base is to encourage commercial development. For each of the road segments listed below, please indicate the degree to which you believe commercial development should be encouraged.
NO SUPPORTNEUTRALSOME SUPPORTSTRONG SUPPORTNO OPINION
Village Center area *
Rt. 26 from Village northerly to Turnpike overpass *
Adjacent to Rt. 26A (“By-Pass”) pending State input *
Rt. 26 from Libby Hill Rd. area to Dry Mills (N. Raymond Rd.) *
Rt. 26 from Dry Mills area north to New Gloucester line *
Rt. 100/202 from Village area north to New Gloucester line *
Rt. 100/26 from Village area south to Cumberland line *
Rt. 115/202 from Village area easterly to Depot Road area *
Rt. 115/202 from Depot Road area easterly to North Yarmouth line *
Rt. 115/202 from By-Pass westerly to Windham line *
Town adopted RESIDENTIAL zoning standards can guide the location, type, and density of development. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements
DISAGREESOMEWHAT AGREEAGREESTRONGLY AGREENO OPINION
Encourage assisted living facilities *
Encourage nursing homes *
Encourage full-life care facilities *
Encourage more dense residential development i.e. townhouses with public water *
Encourage apartment buildings/condominiums in currently dense residential areas *
Direct residential growth to certain areas and away from other areas *
Develop a long-range Town-wide “greenbelt” open space plan *
Encourage and develop town-wide network of interconnected trails *
Encourage affordable residential housing *
Encourage housing in the Village area *
Allow extra zoning density for age-restricted (55+) housing *
Allow extra zoning density for developments that grant public use easements for trails and recreational facilities *
Encourage development of "back" acreage i.e. behind existing houses via new right-of-ways *
Discourage new residential development in predominantly less developed areas *
Encourage new residential development in more densely developed residential areas *
Limit new home building permits throughout Gray *
Limit new home building permits in predominantly less developed areas *
Discourage duplexes in predominantly less developed areas *
Implement zoning regulations to preserve important natural resources *
Town adopted COMMERCIAL zoning standards can limit uses, the size of buildings, and require developments to follow “design standards” to improve aesthetics. Hannaford and Norway Savings Bank on Rt. 26 at the Libby Hill Road intersection are good examples. Please indicate your level of agreement for each of the policies listed below.
STRONGLY DISAGREEDISAGREESOMEWHAT AGREEAGREESTRONGLY AGREENO OPINION
Severely limit or prohibit “big-box” retail stores with large building footprints *
Limit size large office buildings adjacent to major road corridors *
Allow extra zoning density to encourage economic development in Village area *
Discourage “strip” development *
Discourage gas stations *
Allow drive-through businesses i.e. fast food *
Require design guidelines for commercial developments visible from major corridors *
Require design guidelines for commercial development further off major corridors *
Allow larger industrial/manufacturing buildings off of main corridors *
Typical “Mixed use development” consists of various commercial uses on the ground level (i.e. office, retail) and residential apartments on the second/perhaps third floor. For each of the following areas of town, please indicate the degree to which you believe mixed use development is appropriate.
NOT APPROPRIATENEUTRALSOMEWHAT APPROPRIATEDEFINITELY APPROPRIATENO OPINION
Village area *
Village area south to Gray Plaza *
Village area west towards new Rite Aid *
Rt. 115/202 from Village area easterly towards Depot Road area *
Rt. 26 from Village to By-Pass i.e. Chipman’s *
Rt. 26 from Libby Hill Rd. north to Dry Mills area *
Rt. 26 near Dry Mills (North Raymond Road) area *
Rt. 26 Dry Mills intersection north towards NG line *
Recognizing that additional Town services typically mean increasing taxes, to what degree (if any) do you support Town investment in each of the following:
NO SUPPORTNEUTRALLIMITED SUPPORTSTRONG SUPPORTNO OPINION
Improvements to problematic intersections *
Economic/infrastructure investment in Village area *
Purchasing rights for open space land for recreational purposes i.e. ballfields *
Purchasing land rights to develop an interconnected trail system *
Purchasing additional right-of-way for traffic improvements when functionally necessary *
3. Subscriptions
The Town’s various subscription lists detailed below are designed to keep you up-to-date with news, events, and meetings by sending information directly to your e-mail box. Town representatives would like residents and property owners to have the opportunity to keep informed about various aspects of municipal government. Are you interested in receiving any such Town e-mails?
If you would like to receive such e-mails from the Town, please select one or more of the following subscription lists and be sure to provide your e-mail address at the end of the question.
YESNO
Urgent Alerts: Town of Gray
Urgent Alerts: Community Development
News & Announcements (including monthly newsletter and front page articles)
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Town Council
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Community Economic Development Committee
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Finance Committee
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Library Board of Trustees
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Planning Board
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Recreation & Conservation Committee
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Recycling Committee
Meeting Agendas & Minutes: Zoning Board of Appeals
4. Demographic Data
Please indicate which one of the following best describes your residency in Gray:
Please indicate which one or more of the following apply to you:
If you are a resident, how many years have you lived in Gray?
What is your age?