Growth top issue in Keedysville

July 09, 1997


Staff Writer

KEEDYSVILLE - The response was not overwhelming, but the majority of Keedysville residents who responded to a survey for a comprehensive plan update cited growth management as the No. 1 priority.

About 180 of the surveys were sent to households last month, but only 34 had been returned by Monday, according to Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Matt Hull.

In ranking the most important issues facing the town over the next decade, 84 percent of the respondents listed managing growth, 75 percent listed code enforcement and 72 percent want to maintain the town's "village atmosphere."


When asked to identify their greatest concern about the community, 62 percent cited unmanaged growth.

Tied for a distant second at 21 percent each were unsupervised youths and a lack of traffic control. Limiting growth ranked highest among the recommendations or suggestions to improve the quality of life with 29 percent.

The first question on the survey was "Why did you choose Keedysville as a place to live?"

Sixty-eight percent said it was the quality of life associated with a small town. Others checked off answers in a similar vein, such as the 65 percent who said it is a pleasant place to live, the 47 percent who believe it is a safe town and the 41 percent who believe it's a good place to raise children.

Twenty-four percent responded that choice had little to do with it: They were born and raised in Keedysville.

Hull noted the survey was not a scientific one, but said it was required as part of the comprehensive plan update.

The town will hold public meetings on Monday, July 14, and July 28, to get input from residents. Both meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the town hall.

The plan, a blueprint for future development, is supposed to be completed in August.

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