Workshop day 1

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Workshop day 1

  1. 1. Community Planning Assistance Program Maurice River Township June 26 & 27, 2012
  2. 2. Discussion TopicsIntroductionProject TeamRegional Activities that affect local initiativesIssues – What We’ve HeardTownship AssetsWhat We Missed/Input-QuestionsWhat Comes Next
  3. 3. Design TeamAaron KardonCreigh RahenkampEbony WashingtonMichael YaffeJennifer FeltisLouis JoyceKwan HuiTom SchulzeDavid Kutner
  4. 4. http://mr.ideascale.comTrending Ideas• “Id like to see State agencies pay share of taxes!”• “It is extremely hard to open and operate a small business in MRT due to extreme levels of regulation.”• “Having an attractive restaurant with decent food, especially if it had a waterfront view, would draw tourists and help to provide economic benefits to other businesses in the township.”
  5. 5. Regional Issues That Affect Local Initiatives
  6. 6. Issues - Ecotourism• Limited business to capture traffic/limited time commitment of tourists• Assets not promoted effectively to non-township residents• Lack of trails and pedestrian bike networks• Lack of way-finding
  7. 7. Issues – Ecotourism (Cont.)• Villages lack identity• Lack of ecotourism amenities• No major services
  8. 8. Issues – Local Economy/Quality of Life• Fiscal health of municipal government• Villages lack identity• Sign regulations• Seasonal traffic congestion• No major services• Taxes are too high• Motorized recreation opportunities needed.
  9. 9. Issues – Local Economy/Quality of Life (Cont.)• Town discourages businesses• Locations where commercial activity can occur is often state-owned• Pinelands/CAFRA regulations are limiting• Access to infrastructure
  10. 10. Township Assets• Safe community, don’t have to lock doors at night• Close enough to resort shore towns and far enough away from resort shore towns•Everyone knowseveryone else•Rural character•Natural Amenities
  11. 11. What We Missed/Input-QuestionsYour Turn?
  12. 12. What Comes Next• Team Work session• Presentation of strategies and recommendations
  13. 13. Community Planning Assistance Program Maurice River Township June 26 & 27, 2012

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