• Journal Staff Report

Second comprehensive plan survey draws larger response

Updated: Feb 14

In working to better gain an understanding of what Linn County residents want their communities to look like over the next 20 years, the Linn County Comprehensive Plan Committee sent out a second survey about a month ago.

The county received about 550 responses, about 100 responses on paper and the remainder, about 450, answered an online survey. The first survey received fewer than 200 responses, however, the committee received community input from three town hall-style meetings.

From the surveys, the committee has worked to develop a list of goals that the county will achieve. However, there will be further opportunities for public input as the plan progresses, according to Jessica Hightower, the county's economic development director who is overseeing the project. Plans are in the works for at least one more town-hall meeting.

Here is an in-depth look at the responses made by Linn County residents to the survey.

To get a better understanding of who was answering the survey, the survey asked information about who was submitting it.

Nearly 350 respondents, or 62 percent, were women. Men comprised 194 of the respondents (about 35 percent) and 18 preferred not to say.

The next question: How long have you lived in Linn County? Two hundred and five people, nearly 37 percent, answered they had lived in the county 11 to 30 years, and 198 (nearly 36 percent) said they had lived here more than 30 years. Those who lived in Linn County fewer than 10 years totaled 136 people, 15 respondents said they did not live in the county, and four preferred not to say.

Nearly a quarter of those who took the survey, or 138 people, were from the Pleasanton Zipcode (66075), followed by 126 people (nearly 23 percent ) from the La Cygne/Linn Valley Zipcode (66040). Next came Mound City with 107 respondents (about 19 percent).

Parker (66072) was fourth with 57, followed Blue Mound (66010) with 40. Prescott (66757) had 26 people answer, 24 from Centerville (66014), and nine responses from residents with a Fontana Zipcode (66026).

• What do you think are the three (3) most important values unique to Linn County?

What is your opinion about the following emerging issues?

• Wind turbine commercial development in Linn County

• Solar panel commercial development in Linn County
How important are the following goals for Linn County?

• Improve internet access
• Preserve beauty and open space

• Promote job creation and entrepreneurship
• Improve road condition and flooding issues

• Have clear, consistent and enforced building codes

• Support a wide range of housing options (particularly for our elderly)
• Promote tourism opportunities and community events (outdoor recreation, cultural heritage, etc.)
• Improve access to high-quality drinking water

• Concentrate new development in clearly defined areas
• Provide incentives for home repair programs to fix dilapidated buildings
• Improve support services for our elderly and veterans

• Create more countywide amenities (aquatic center, vocational trade, etc.)
• Support existing businesses and attract new retail (grocery, restaurant, etc.)
• Extend the life of the power plant and explore strategies to bring additional tax revenue into the county

The survey then asked for other areas of interest that might be important. Fifty-one of the more than 550 survey respondents gave a variety of answers, but were not listed in the report.

When asks which of the above goals the county could achieve over the next five years, the response favored improving Internet access and improving road conditions the most. Here is a chart of those responses.

The committee is expected to release new information about the development of the plan throughout the coming weeks.

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