Shenandoah 2045: A Future Together
This survey is to be used to develop the Shenandoah County 2045 Comprehensive Plan. All municipal governments must develop a comprehensive plan every 20 years in order to be in accordance with VA § 15.2-2223. In addition to developing new comprehensive plans every 20 years, municipal governments must update their comprehensive plans every five years, with more comprehensive updates at the ten year mark.
The comprehensive plan represents the citizen's future vision for the County. This plan will be built on the opinions and desires of local residents. Your input is needed in order to make this plan, your plan.
The current comprehensive plan was last updated in June 2019 as a new economy or economic development chapter was adopted. The plan was originally implemented in 2005 and was based on a report from 1998 titled, "Commission On The Future." The current plan will expire in its entirety by 2025, which is why we are working on this new 2045 plan. The current comprehensive plan has continuously been updated thanks to the diligent and caring work by a group of unpaid volunteers known as the Citizen's Advisory Committee. This organization fills the role that a typical private firm would, and saves Shenandoah County tens of thousands of dollars of tax revenue every year.
Members of the public are always welcome to attend the CAC's monthly meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5:00 pm in the Board of Supervisors' Conference Room in Woodstock unless there is a conflicting holiday. As it can be difficult for everyone to come to Woodstock at that time, we plan on coming to you for this new comprehensive plan. We will be organizing public gatherings at each and every village, hamlet, burg, hollow, and other communities around Shenandoah County and need all the help we can get to make sure everyone's voices are heard.
Your responses will not be used to identify you and no information that could identify who you are will be released to the public. Your data will be consolidated into a final report that will be publicly available, implemented into the new 2045 comprehensive plan, and will be used to inform what issues are most important in every community in Shenandoah County. Together we can work on ensuring that the next twenty years are full of collaboration and benefit all individuals in Shenandoah County, including yourself.
What you will do in the study: You will be taking a 12 minute survey in order to comprehend the needs, aspirations, and desires of various communities in Shenandoah County. You can skip over any questions that make you feel uncomfortable and you can stop the survey at anytime. The questions are presented in various formats. The star rating questions ask you to rate topics on a 1-5 scale with 5 being the highest.
Time required: The study will require about 12 minutes of your time.
Risks: There are no anticipated risks in this survey.
Benefits: There are no direct immediate benefits to you for participating in this survey. Your responses will however benefit you in ensuring that your voice is included in the discussion of the 2045 Comprehensive Plan and that the plan is your plan too, rather than a plan that was made for you.
Confidentiality: The information that you give in the study will be handled confidentially. Your data will be anonymous which means that your name will not be collected or linked to the data.
Voluntary participation: Your participation in the study is completely voluntary.
Right to withdraw from the study: You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.
Please note that this survey will be best displayed on a laptop or desktop computer. Some features may be less compatible for use on a mobile device.
If you wish to exit the survey you can simply close your browser and your responses will be disregarded. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the County Planner Tyler Hinkle at:
Do you agree to allowing your data to be used to develop a report that will better inform the future of Shenandoah County, given that no identifying information will be released to the public?
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