Letter: Survey suggests direction for Falmouth

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Falmouth takes a proactive approach to economic development and creating a strategic vision for our shared future as a community. For example, in October 2010 the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee released a survey of residents asking them how they felt about our town today and where to improve for the future. Over 550 residents responded and the insight one can glean by reading their true feelings to these questions is very interesting. Consistent themes from the respondents paint a very timely picture of our town as we consider a number of choices in the upcoming election.

The vast majority of responses cited Falmouth’s outstanding schools as one of the key reasons they live here, and a source of great pride and property value. Many respondents also spoke of how much they value the “small town feel” and “rural charm” of our “bedroom community.” In addition they also felt that our town is very well run and a “very good value” for our tax dollars. A majority of respondents also expressed their desire to see more businesses with shopping, dining, and entertainment along Route 1 developed in an attractive manner consistent with Falmouth’s “charm.” Lastly, a majority of respondents expressed their desire to see a “downtown” or “town center” in Falmouth and felt its absence a major missing ingredient from our community. Anyone wondering what Falmouth residents are thinking about their town as this next election approaches will find some very timely answers in this recent citizen survey.

Chris Orestis