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Education Ranks Important in Initial POCD Survey Results

Slightly more than 600 people responded to the Plan of Conservation and Development Subcommittee questionnaire.

Stonington residents, business and property owners favored the school system as one of the most important items to consider in the Town of Stonington on the questionnaire sent out by the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) Subcommittee.

The survey, which includes open-ended and multiple choice questions was made available to the public in early December online at http://surveymonkey.com/s/StoningtonPOCDquestionaire and as hardcopies in the Planning and Zoning Office in Town Hall.

The POCD Subcommittee is still accepting responses to the survey, but as of Jan. 7, 2013, slightly more than 600 residents, business and property owners had taken the survey.

While the survey results have not yet been fully analyzed the majority of people who responded fell in the 41 to 50 age range and their responses often favored the school system.

The initial results did not seem surprising to many on the POCD Subcommittee, considering Stonington Public Schools sent an email last week reminding the school community to complete the questionnaire.

“After the school email push the look of the statistics changed,” POCD Subcommittee Member Wendy Bury said.

Taking in account the change to the survey after the school email push the POCD Subcommittee discussed ways to reach other residents especially first responders and nonprofits.

At an earlier meeting Town Planner Keith Brynes said “POCDs just work better when they reflect the feelings of local residents.”

With that in mind the POCD Subcommittee will leave the survey open and send out reminders to the town’s more than 200 nonprofits and also the town’s various commissions about the survey.

Still many on the POCD subcommittee were happy with the survey response so far.

In addition to the questionnaire the POCD Subcommittee plans to hold several other public input meetings on the plan.

The POCD is a blue print for how Stonington plans to develop over the next 10 to 20 years. State law requires the plan is updated every 10 years. The PZC adopted the current POCD in June of 2004. It took 18 months to complete and includes chapters and sections on community issues, resource protection, villages’ protection and enhancements, a how-to on guiding appropriate development and desired growth and future land use. The current plan is available on the Stonington Town website at www.stonington-ct.gov/Pages?StoningtonCT_Planning/ConservationPlan. The Plan of Conservation and Development Subcommittee hopes the PZC will be able to adopt the plan by the spring or early summer of 2014.

The 2014 Subcommittee is composed of Pawcatuck residents Bob Birmingham and John Prue, Stonington residents Wendy Bury, Jim Kelley, Bill Lyman, Alisa Morrison and Mystic residents Walter Grant, Sara Lathrop and Robert Mohr. Written comments, welcome at any time, may be sent to the 2014 POCD Subcommittee care of the Stonington Department of Planning, 152 Elm Street, Stonington, CT 06378.

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Kathy Calnen January 08, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Leave copies of the survey form Tax Assessor's counter....many residents will be in this month to pay their property taxes may want a say in future expenditures.
ElleT January 08, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I had no idea there was a survey until I received the link from the school system. That said, their sending it to me had no influence on my answers.
Bree Shirvell January 09, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Just a clarification. There are actually about 150 nonprofits in the town. The 200 number includes all of the 06355 zip code and not all of those fall on the Stonington side. When the nonprofit economic impact study is released Patch will have more information on the nonprofits in town.

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