Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Williamsburg asks for citizen input on quality of life

Results from the 2016 survey. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
Results from the 2016 National Citizens Survey for Williamsburg. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg wants to know whether its citizens enjoy living within city limits.

The City of Williamsburg is conducting its biannual citizen survey, according to a city news release.

The survey will be mailed randomly to 1,600 citizens across the city. The survey will be opened to all citizens online at a later date.

Questions will focus on livability, with specific questions about public safety, quality of life, the environment and sustainability, inclusiveness, recreation and wellness, civic engagement and public trust.

The survey is made possible by the National Citizen Survey, a program with more than 500 participating communities. The NCS is a product of the National Research Center and the International City/County Management Association

“Later this year, City Council will define a new set of City strategies as we establish our biennial goals and initiatives,” said Mayor Paul Freiling. “The results of the NCS survey play a vital role in this process as they provide a statistically valid snapshot of how the residents of Williamsburg feel about what the City does well and what needs improvement, thereby helping us plan better for the future.”

The city’s staff will also use the survey results to evaluate public services.

The city has participated in the survey every two years since 2008. Thirty-two percent of city residents responded to the survey in 2016, when more than 90 percent of respondents reported that the city was a positive place to live.

A full breakdown of 2016 survey results can be viewed on the city’s website.

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