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Brightside Farm - Open Space Survey Results

The following table reports the numerical results from the November 1999 Open Space Survey conducted by the Board of Supervisors based on the 233 responses submitted. Two late responses and 18 responses with no names were not included.
 
QUESTION
 
YESNO
1. I believe preservation of open space is a critical issue facing our community.
 
21216
2. I believe Township government should play an active role in preserving open space.
 
21811
3. I currently use land now available to the public in Charlestown Township.
 
107116
4. I (and/or members or my family) play golf.
 
101130
5. I believe golf courses are an effective method of preserving open space in Charlestown.
 
11898
6. I (and/or members of my family), own, ride, or show horses.
 
40189
7. I believe an exhibition center used for horse shows, dog shows, antique car shows, etc. is a desirable use for open space in Charlestown.
 
103109
8. I would buy an annual subscription to organic produce from a community supported agriculture program, paying $500 to $1,000 per year regardless of actual crop yields.
 
78136
9. I believe community supported agriculture is a legitimate use of Township owned land.
 
14671
10. My place of employment is outside of Charlestown Township.
 
15850
11. My employer withholds earned income tax from my pay that is kept by the municipality where I work.
 
100103
12. I believe Township government should (check all that apply)
 
Purchase land outright and maintain ownership by Township.
 
16054
Purchase development rights only.
 
8498
Enact new zoning that preserves woodlands and agricultural land by setting larger minimum lot size.
 
16546
Revise ordinances to require all development to set aside some land as green-space or contribute to a community open space fund.
 
20621
Work with land owners to encourage them to voluntarily place their land into a private land trust.
 
19921
Not interfere with the private property rights of its citizens.
 
11672
13. The Township government should pay for new land or development rights and relevant perpetual maintenance costs by: (circle all that apply)
 
Securing grant funds from County, State, or Federal governments.
 
21012
Using surplus money in Township treasury.
 
15459
Increasing real estate taxes.
 
80125
Instituting an earned income tax.
 
77130
Borrowing money from financial institutions.
 
81120
Issuing municipal bonds.
 
16050
Soliciting contributions from private citizens or philanthropic institutions.
 
2119
14. I am concerned by the costs beyond the initial purchase by the Township such as liability and perpetual maintenance.
 
13388
15. In an effort to reserve open space, I am willing to place my land under conservation easement or deed restriction.
 
7795
16. I am willing to make direct contribution toward open space acquisition.
 
10683

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