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Resident input sought for growth plan

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Lebanon officials announced the city has launched the online phase of a communitywide survey that will be open to the public for a limited time. 

The survey is designed to collect opinions from residents to define a cohesive plan for Lebanon’s unique and historic culture.

City leaders said Lebanon has a great story to tell, and a communitywide survey would provide the platform that will determine future growth plans.

“Capturing the opinions of our citizens is highly valuable to our city,” said Mayor Philip Craighead. “The data collected in the survey will help align the mission and vision of the city of Lebanon with the recruitment efforts of new business, site development, allocation of funds for future growth and overall strategic planning for the direction of tomorrow and the years to come.” 

The surveys will be returned to the planning department and analyzed. The results will provide data driven analysis of the general opinions of people who live in the city.

“The results of this survey will be a key source of public input as the mayor, city council and the planning commission consider planning for future growth and development,” said Lebanon planning director Paul Corder.

The data will be presented to show consensus, overall satisfactions and recommendations for future development to a visioning committee. The city will use the results of the survey to evaluate future projects and to better serve its citizens.  

The survey can be found at lebanontn.org by following links or directly at lebanontn.org/FormCenter/Community-Survey-10/Citizen-Survey-52.  

Surveys will be accepted until Nov. 1. The survey should take a few minutes, and a paper version may be picked up at the Planning Office on the third floor of the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

The Lebanon City Council, along with city officials, developers and city planning personnel, began the process of establishing a short and long-term vision and plan for the city last year.

Councilors called for better infrastructure, more sidewalks, more definition in zoning codes, creating a housing commission with emphasis on more affordable housing, more housing diversity, more recreation for children, creating a visioning committee, quiet zones in town for the Music City Star, better service for annexed areas, along with others.

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