The results of UPHA’s comprehensive survey of community opinions on a variety of growth-related issues are in! The on-line poll elicited 158 responses. They paint a complex and sometimes contradictory picture of neighborhood attitudes on some subjects, such as transit and parking, but on others, such as building height, community opinion was clear and consistent; smaller is better.
Approximately 80% of respondents favored limiting the height of new construction near single-family homes to three stories or less. Seventy-six percent of respondents also gave a resounding thumbs-down to single structures with one long façade, preferring structures built in increments for a less monolithic appearance. On questions regarding the pace of growth in the area, respondents were almost evenly divided between those who are satisfied with the current pace (48%) and those who think growth is too fast or too much (49%). Less than 3% desired more growth.
UPHA president Chris Herndon commented, “We had a 50% response rate from our membership and another 30-plus surveys answered by non-member residents of University Park. Nearly 20% of the residents gave us specific feedback in the comments sections. Once again, UPHA members have stepped up and spoken out. We should all be proud of the fact that our neighborhood is engaged as much as it is, and that the membership of UPHA wants to be heard when it comes to future development in our community.”
Survey results will be made available to the city’s planners and decision-makers. To see the see the complete results, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-RQHVC2J9/