Wentworth Community Survey
YOU CAN CHANGE THE FUTURE...BUT WE NEED YOUR OPINION!

The Wentworth Planning Board is preparing a Master Plan to guide the development of the town. The Wentworth Master Plan was last updated in 1986. At Town Meeting, funds were appropriated to update this plan.

As an essential first step in the update of the Wentworth Master Plan, the Planning Board asks all Wentworth residents and property owners to complete this survey and share your vision. Each member of your household over 16 years of age is invited to participate.

Your answers to these questions are critical toward helping to shape the new Wentworth Master Plan; there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. This survey will guide the town, so your input is very important. Responses to the survey are anonymous and the estimated time to take the survey is 10-20 minutes. Help us chart the future of Wentworth!

Please return your completed survey by September 30, 2021. ONE SURVEY PER PERSON PLEASE! Additional hard-copies of the survey are available at the Wentworth Town Offices if needed.

Thank You!
The Master Plan Committee
1. Please rank the following according to their importance to you.
Not important
Somewhat important
Moderately important
Very important
Extremely important
Architecture of the Village
Arts & culture
Business & employment opportunities
Community spirit & civic organizations
Outdoor recreation
Public school system
Communications infrastructure
Scenic natural environment
Small-town atmosphere
Clear selection
2. Why do you live in Wentworth? (check all that apply)
3. What are your greatest concerns for the future? (check all that apply)
4. Are you familiar with the town's Subdivision Regulations, which are available on the town website under the Planning Board section? *
4a. If you are aware of the Subdivision Regulations, do you think they are...?
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5. Would you support Site Plan Review for commercial, industrial, and business properties (i.e., non-residential, or multi-family housing)
Clear selection
6. Would you support the development and promotion of a Heritage District from Old Town Hall over the covered bridge, through the Village Commons, and up Route 25 to Route 25A?
Clear selection
7. Are you satisfied with the current minimum lot size of 1 acre for single family homes?
Clear selection
8. Should the town adopt an ordinance regulating lighting on commercial signs?
Clear selection
9. Should a crosswalk with traffic lights be installed in front of the Village Commons on Route 25?
Clear selection
10. Should the town work with the state to implement more traffic control measures, such as dropping the speed limit to 25 mph, near the Village Commons?
Clear selection
11. Should the town work with the state to install a traffic light at the intersection of Routes 25 and 25A, based on a new traffic study on Dollar General?
Clear selection
12. What is the general condition of town-owned roads?
Clear selection
13. What is the general condition of state-owned roads?
Clear selection
14. Is parking adequate at or near town facilities?
Clear selection
15. What aspects of the transportation system are most concerning?
Not Concerning
Somewhat Concerning
Moderately Concerning
Very Concerning
Extremely Concerning
Traffic noise
Traffic speed
Truck traffic
Snow removal
General road maintenance
Dangerous intersections
Unpaved roads
Inadequate lighting
Pedestrian Safety
Inadequate signage
Bicycle safety
Clear selection
16. Should these departments or facilities receive MORE or LESS funding, or is the current funding adequate?
More Funding
Less funding
Keep Current Funding
Select Board
Planning Board
Town Clerk
Tax Collector
Conservation Commission
Police coverage
Animal control
Fire Department/Rescue
Highway Department
Cell service
Ambulance coverage
Library
Public Meeting Rooms/Old Town Hall
Recreation facilities & programs
Cemetery Care
Handicapped accessibility at the library
Welfare administration
Clear selection
17. Would you like to see the Select Board explore the possibility of increasing its size from three members to five members?
18. Would you favor regionalizing the Wentworth Elementary School with Warren and/or Rumney?
Clear selection
19. Would you support these types of projects?
Yes
No
Maybe
Large-scale solar panel farms
Small-scale residential solar panels
Large-scale wind farms
Small-scale residential wind power
Additional wireless cell towers
Clear selection
20. Would you support the development of a Solid Waste Facility (landfill/commercial dump)?
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21. What is your opinion of how well these departments, services or facilities serve the town?
Excellent
Good
Poor
No opinion
Select Board
Planning Board
Tax Collector/Town Clerk
Conservation Commission
Police coverage
Animal control
Fire Department/Rescue
Ambulance coverage
School Administrative Unit (SAU48)
Highway Department
Library
Old Town Hall
Transfer station
Cemetery care
Clear selection
22. Should the town do more to protect...? (check all that apply)
23. Should the town actively promote more conserved land for...? (check all that apply)
24. Should there be more bicycle lanes on roadways?
Clear selection
25. Should there be more non-motorized multi-use trails throughout the town and the town forest?
Clear selection
26. Should the town allow ATV accessibility throughout the town?
Clear selection
27. Should Class VI (6) roads be discontinued (removed as public rights of way) to protect property owners?
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28. Should the town promote the state-owned Plummer Ledge Natural Area as a tourist destination?
Clear selection
29. Should the town allow non-motorized trails and other park amenities within the town-owned land of the Plummer Forest?
Clear selection
30. Hamilton Park is town-owned and has access to the Baker River. FEMA funding requires this to be open to the public. Should the town increase parking to allow for open public use of this area for more than just baseball?
Clear selection
31. The Town of Wentworth owns the smaller parking area and tennis courts at Riverside Park with limited access to the Baker River. The Webster Library owns the remaining property; the rest of the property to the bridge is private. Should the town limit the parking access to residents only within this limited area?
Clear selection
32. The Historical Society controls the South Bank of the Baker River behind the Historical Society. There is parking across at the Old Town Hall. Should the Town of Wentworth negotiate with the Historical Society to potentially gain public access to the lower section of the property to develop an area of open access for picnics and swimming?
Clear selection
33. If the South Bank area behind the Historical Society is opened for public access, should the town investigate installing public toilets at the Old Town Hall for use by patrons of the South Bank Recreational Area?
Clear selection
34. Should the history of the town be better promoted and subsidized?
Clear selection
35. Should these historic sites in town be protected?
Yes
No
Wentworth Historical Society (Old Train Station)
Village Town Common & surrounding buildings
Old Town Hall
Congregational Church
Friendship Covered Bridge
Gazebo/Band Stand
Clear selection
36. Should the Old Town Hall be rebuilt by the town, in the most economical way possible, as a location for public meetings and an event venue, or should the Old Town Hall be torn down/sold?
Clear selection
37. Are arts & culture important to your lifestyle?
Clear selection
38. Does the town provide adequate arts & culture?
Clear selection
39. Should the town provide more opportunities for arts & culture?
Clear selection
40. Should an indoor dance and concert venue exist in Wentworth?
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41. What arts & culture would you like to see, or see more of, in town? (please list three)
42. Would you like to see more commercial development in town?
Clear selection
43. Would you support the following types of businesses? (check all that apply)
Yes
No
Restaurants
Professional offices/health practices
Auto service & repair
Arts & crafts store or gallery
Small retail sales
Motels/Inns/Bed & Breakfasts/Air B&B
Cottage industries/home occupations
Personal services
Light industry
Big box or chain stores
Major grocery stores
Tourism-based businesses
Forestry & wood products industry
Farms/agri-businesses
Gas stations
Shopping centers/outlets
Gambling facilities
Storage units
Construction businesses
Fast food franchises
Heavy industry/manufacturing
Campgrounds
Industrial park
Recreation-based businesses