Thursday, March 13, 2003

Traffic issues atop Green Twp. survey

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

GREEN TOWNSHIP - Traffic management is a top concern among residents who responded to a township survey that officials hope will guide them in planning.

The "Mega Issues" survey is part of the township administration's effort to develop a Green Township Coordinated Plan.

"The coordinated plan itself is going to give us a lot of good direction," said Township Trustee Tony Upton.

Last fall, 10 "mega issues" were presented at a public meeting for ranking; and in January these same issues were posed, by mail, to a random sampling of township residents. The issues include items such as traffic, zoning, open space and development.

The survey was sent to 4,500 of the township's roughly 22,000 residents, said Township Administrator Kevin Celarek.

"We had the computer give us every fifth resident," to produce a scientifically objective random sampling, he said.

The survey produced 556 responses, of which 84 percent were people living in single-family homes, and 55 percent from people who had lived in the township 20 years or more.

Respondents ranked the issues in this order: traffic management; environmental "character"; open space and parks plan; land use/zoning; developing Harrison Avenue; quality of "build out"; sanitary sewers; aging neighborhoods; developing Glenway Avenue, North Bend and Cheviot Roads; and mix of housing.

"The top issue in Green Township in all sectors of the community was dealing with traffic management," Celarek said.

The survey results come as no surprise to Upton, whose own list of goals - presented to the administration in January - are closely aligned with those of the study.

"After 10 years as trustee, you should know" what the issues are, Upton said.

The coordinated plan will be presented at public meetings in May.

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