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Fulton County Community Survey Initial Survey Results January 2003 Ken Genskow Univ. of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension, Environmental Resources Center Overview of logistics and participation Overview of survey results Discussion This Evening Survey Development

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fulton county community survey

Fulton County Community Survey

Initial Survey Results

January 2003

Ken Genskow

Univ. of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension,

Environmental Resources Center

this evening
Overview of logistics and participation

Overview of survey results

Discussion

This Evening
slide3

Survey Development

  • Initiative from NRCS Office of Farmland Protection & Community Planning
  • Developed for pilot community in WI
  • Modified for use here; local oversight from:
    • Fulton Co. Regional Planning
    • Natural Resources Task Force
slide4

Survey Delivery

  • 1400 Fulton Co. households
    • Random selection (equal chance for all)
    • Utility and land ownership lists
    • Stratified, proportionate sample
      • 40% rural; 60% incorporated areas
      • Wanted 50 rural/twns & 30-120 for urban
  • Mail delivery: early-Sept to mid-October
    • Local promotion
    • Up to 5 mail contacts for late/non-respondents
slide5

Survey Participation

  • 959 usable returns  70% response rate
  • Of the usable returns:
    • 37% incorporated/urban
    • 63% unincorporated/rural

100%

slide6

Length of Residency in Community

5 years or less

6-15 years

16-25 years

More than 25 years

Percent

(n=940)

slide7

Type of Residence

Singe-family house

Duplex/Two-family house

Mobile/manufactured home

Apartment

Condominium/Town house

Percent

Own = 95%

Rent = 5%

(n=934)

slide8

Acres of Land Owned by Residents

Urban

Rural

Combined

Own/operate farm?

no = 90%

yes = 10%

slide9

Satisfaction with the Community as a Place to Live

Very

Dissatisfied

Dissatisfied

No Opinion

Satisfied

Very

Satisfied

(n=925)

slide10

1.2

-2

-1

0

1

2

Satisfaction with the Community as a Place to Live

Very

Dissatisfied

Dissatisfied

No Opinion

Satisfied

Very

Satisfied

(n=925)

slide11

Satisfaction with Water in the Community

Quality

Amount

Very

Dissatisfied

Dissatisfied

No Opinion

Satisfied

Very

Satisfied

Municipal/water utility = 45%

Private well = 54%

Don’t know = 1%

slide12

Q9 Satisfied with amount of water Crosstabulation% within TOWNSHIP Township

(n=924)

very dissatisfied

dissatisfied

no opinion

satisfied

very satisfied

Amboy

7%

10%

3%

49%

30%

Chesterfield

6%

6%

4%

30%

54%

Clinton

1%

6%

1%

57%

35%

Dover

2%

15%

53%

30%

Franklin

4%

2%

38%

56%

Fulton

9%

13%

4%

39%

35%

German

6%

2%

40%

52%

Gorham

3%

2%

2%

59%

34%

Pike

2%

10%

4%

50%

34%

Royalton

8%

11%

1%

43%

37%

Swan Creek

1%

8%

54%

37%

York

2%

4%

2%

48%

43%

Total

4%

7%

2%

48%

40%

slide13

Importance of Various Fulton County Characteristics

Selected most important

Local retail shopping

Local personal & professional services

Local health care

New housing

New economic & business development

Sense of safety and security

Rural/country atmosphere

Small-town atmosphere

-1

0

1

-2

2

Very

Unimportant

Unimportant

Neutral

Important

Very

Important

slide14

Urban

Rural

Importance of Natural Resource and Landscape Features

Wooded areas

Grasslands

Lakes and lakeshores

Rivers/streams

Wetlands/marsh

-1

0

1

-2

2

Very

Unimportant

Unimportant

Neutral

Important

Very

Important

slide16

Urban

Rural

Importance of Various Characteristics in and around Community

Preservation of natural areas

Habitat for fish and wildlife

Water quality

Locally grown food

Preservation of rural character

The area’s scenic quality

-1

0

1

-2

2

Very

Unimportant

Unimportant

Neutral

Important

Very

Important

slide17

Importance of Protecting Farmland in Fulton County

Urban

Rural

Combined

1.6

1.4

-2

-1

0

1

2

Very

Unimportant

Unimportant

Neutral

Important

Very

Important

slide18

Urban

Rural

-1

0

1

-2

2

Effect of Farmland on Community Characteristics

Preservation of natural areas

Habitat for fish and wildlife

Water quality

Locally grown food

Preservation of rural character

The area’s scenic quality

Impact on local economy

Very Negative

Effect

Negative

Effect

Neutral

Positive

Effect

Very Positive Effect

slide19

Urban

Rural

-1

0

1

-2

2

Adequacy of Current Housing in Your Community

Housing for seniors

Housing for people with disabilities

Multi-family apartment buildings

Single-family houses

Condominiums/townhouses

Affordable rental housing

Affordable owner occupied housing

Very

Inadequate

Inadequate

Neutral

Adequate

Very

Adequate

slide20

Adequacy of Recreational Areas in Your Community

Park space

Children's playgrounds

Sport fields

Bicycle and pedestrian trails

Golf courses

Areas for scenic enjoyment

Hunting areas

Fishing areas

Urban

Rural

-1

0

1

2

-2

Very

Inadequate

Inadequate

Neutral

Adequate

Very

Adequate

slide21

Future Housing Development – Single Family

Urban

Rural

Small-lot subdivisions

(less than1/2 acre plots)

Large-lot subdivisions

(more than 1/2 acre plots)

Dispersed houses

0

-1

1

2

-2

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide22

Future Housing Development:

Multi Family & Special Needs

Urban

Rural

Apartment buildings

Mobil/manufactured home parks

Duplexes/Two-family houses

Condominiums/Townhouses

Housing for seniors

Housing for people with disabilities

0

-1

1

2

-2

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide23

2

Future Commercial Development

Convenience stores/gas stations

Antique, craft, specialty stores

Shopping centers

Grocery stores

Restaurants

Child care facilities

Office facilities

Health facilities

Urban

Rural

0

-1

1

-2

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide24

Future Industrial & Production Development

Large-scale livestock operations

Agriculture-related business

Warehousing/distribution

Manufacturing & assembly

Heavy industry

Mineral extraction (gravel quarries, etc.)

Urban

Rural

0

-1

1

2

-2

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide25

Urban

Rural

Future Recreational Development

Park space

Children’s playground facilities

Sport fields

Bicycle & pedestrian trails

Golf courses

Areas for scenic enjoyment

Hunting areas

Fishing areas

0

-1

1

2

-2

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide32

Support for Clustering of Houses in Unincorporated Areas of Fulton County

Urban

Rural

Combined

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide33

Support for Clustering of Houses in Cities or Villages in Fulton County

Urban

Rural

Combined

Strongly

Discourage

Discourage

Neutral

Encourage

Strongly

Encourage

slide34

Knowledge of Existing Land-Use

Related Plans for Fulton Co.

Urban

Rural

Combined

Not aware of existing plans

Think they exist but don’t know much about them

Generally familiar with plans

Very knowledgeable

Percent

slide35

Awareness of Current Planning Efforts

Urban

Rural

Combined

Not aware of current efforts (prior to survey)

Heard of them but don’t know much about them

Generally familiar with current efforts

Very knowledgeable

Percent

slide36

Support for use of a plan to guide decisions

in Fulton County

Urban

Rural

Combined

Strongly

Unsupportive

Unsupportive

Neutral

Supportive

Strongly

Supportive

slide37

How Should Farmland Be Used After it is Sold?

Used as new owner desires

Kept in agricultural use

Used as specified in land use plan

No opinion

Combined

Non-farmers

Farmers