We as a people have a lot of growing to do. I’ve said it before – we are going to grow. How we grow, where we grow, and where we locate job centers will determine what type of quality of life we are going to have.
Regarding Quality of Life: in spite of the challenges our County has, the QOL factor remains quite high.
– 8.04 out of 10. Not bad.
**What we need is a regional study of the same scope and clarity.
What follows are highlights from the report:
Citizens don’t seem to recognize the importance of tourism to our area.
Like it or not, tourism brings people here. Sure, some of them purchase homes, but most come, spend money and leave. That’s a good thing.
Hmmm. County’s rural character. Affordable Housing. Recycling. Public Transportation. Couldn’t these all be wrapped under the heading of “Manage Growth”?
All in all, that the County 1) does this survey and 2) it’s so comprehensive and publicly accessible are extraordinary, in my opinion.
This page seems to sum up citizens’ views quite succinctly –
Services are important. Developing sources to alleviate the dependency on property taxes – not so important. Ah well, such is life.
To put these growth trends in perspective, look at these two charts, courtesy of CensusScope:
As usual, cvillenews has a great discussion on this. *I am not linking to the discussion to avoid cluttering up the comments with another “pingback.”