Survey for A VISION FOR ATHENS: A FUTURE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The City of Athens is preparing a plan entitled A VISION FOR ATHENS: A FUTURE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN to guide growth for areas within our city limits for the next 10 to 20 years. If you live within the city limits of Athens, we have prepared this survey for you to fill out. The survey covers a variety of categories ranging from your impressions concerning current levels of service to what you envision being important for the City to address in the coming years. Our goal is to achieve harmonious development and a high quality of life in Athens for the foreseeable future. We need your input for this project to be a success. We ask that each person fill out the survey once. Thank you in advance for your time and input. ***We will not publicly release any information that can be tied directly to a particular individual.***

ATHENS PLACES AND ACTIVITIES








Basic goods (Groceries, gasoline)
Basic professional (Physician, dentist, financial/legal)
Large expenditure (Appliances, furniture, autos)
Entertainment (Movies, theaters, other outlets)
Restaurants

Prices
Variety of merchandise
Convenience of shopping
Quality of merchandise
Store hours
Merchant friendliness
Advertising
Frequency of sale items
Product services
Store policy on returns






Tennessee Valley Fiddler's Convention
Delmore Days
Heritage Day
Cars on the Square
Storytelling Festival
Sheriff's Rodeo
Christmas Open House Downtown
Athens Grease Festival (Inaugural Year)
Poke Sallet Follies
Parades (Veteran's, Christmas, Homecoming, etc.)

PUBLIC SERVICES AND UTILITIES


Fire services
Police protection
Water quality and service
Sanitary sewer quality and service
Electric and gas quality and service
Quality of parks
Accessibility to parks
Recycling program
Garbage and leaf pickup
Condition of city streets
Availability and condition of sidewalks
Quality of elementary and intermediate schools
Quality of middle and senior high schools
Quality of recreational programs
Quantity of recreational programs
Ambulance/emergency medical services
Availability of general health care





Youth/Family activity center
After school activities
Recreational facilities
After school tutoring

In parks during the day
In parks at night
Downtown during the day
Downtown at night
Your neighborhood during the day
Your neighborhood at night
At home during the day
At home at night

FUTURE OF ATHENS



Single-family Detached
Apartments
Town Homes
Mobile Homes
Condominiums/Loft Apartments

Light manufacturing (completely enclosed, little effect on surrounding properties)
Heavy industry (some effect on surrounding properties; Examples: Heavy manufacturing, chemical processing, wood processing, etc.)
Technology and research oriented industry
Distribution
Agriculture

Strip malls/centers
Big box retail stores (Walmart, Target, Lowe's, etc.)
Lifestyle centers (open air shopping center)
Highway oriented quick service establishments (fast food restaurants, convenience stores, etc.)
Full service restaurants
Grocery store anchored shopping centers
Stand-alone retail, service, entertainment, office Space
Neighborhood oriented retail and service (little negative effect on surrounding residences)
Downtown retail and service



Preserve farmland
Provide housing for all incomes
Increase employment opportunities
Provide public services (police, fire, schools, streets, etc.)
Build more trails
Preserve history and heritage
Managing Traffic
Purchase and preserve open space
Build parks
Build more sidewalks and bike paths
Protect environmentally sensitive areas
Increase shopping opportunities


Parks
Purchase Open Space (other than parks)
Streets
Sidewalks & Bicycle Trails
Storm Drainage
Traffic Calming
Water
Sewer
Fire Protection
Police Protection
Senior Center
Beautification (street trees, lamp posts, etc.)
Museum
Tourism
School Facilities
Public Art and Entertainment (concerts, murals, sculptures, etc.)


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This information will remain confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only.

Resident of Athens
Business Owner
Retired
Self-employed




The next 10 questions are for residents ONLY.












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