Monday, August 22, 2016

City surveying residents on how Springfield should grow

Community leaders, city officials and residents often talk about one-way streets and downtown parking, a proposed second lake and westward expansion. The city this week is mailing short surveys to about 5,000 randomly selected residents on these and other issues facing Springfield.

The city and the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission will use the survey results to help guide a 20-year comprehensive plan. The plan, which was last completed in 2000, will focus on how land in Springfield should be used and developed.

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office helped design the survey and will gather the responses for the steering committee.

“We are hoping for about 500 responses, a 10 percent response rate,” said Juan Carlos Donoso, director of the research office. But he noted that it could be more, as others can access the survey online.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on August 22, 2016.

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