Richland's Community Survey results released

By the Herald staff August 4, 2009 

The city of Richland has released results from the 2009 Community Survey conducted in May.

The 19-question survey asked residents to assess Richland's strategic leadership plan, indicate satisfaction levels with city services, evaluate quality of life factors and recommend economic vitality improvements.

Among survey results: 80 percent of respondents said they receive excellent or good value for their city tax dollars; 83 percent said walkable neighborhoods are important; 64 percent indicated they would prefer to have xeriscaping (landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental irrigation) used in Richland's streetscapes; and 76 percent indicated an interest in having "Smart Grid" technology available to help control energy costs.

Survey participants said they'd like to see Richland have the following: eateries, retail shopping -- specifically Trader Joe's -- curbside recycling, water park/aquatic center/pools, a movie theater and more recreational and entertainment opportunities.

City council and staff will use survey results in planning the city's 2010 budget.

Complete results are available at www.ci.richland.wa.us. Click on "Current Issues."

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