HENDERSON — The City of Henderson wants to know what you think.

A survey is being conducted to obtain opinions from local residents. Director of Planning and Community Development Corey Williams said a link to the survey — https://publicinput.com/henderson-nc-comp-plan#5 — is on the city’s website.

Mayor Eddie Ellington said he and the city council regularly hear comments and suggestions from the public. The survey is a way of getting a more systematic reading on public opinion, and compiling it to plan next steps.

“This has been an ongoing project for the last three years,” Ellington said.

The city’s website breaks current efforts into three phases:

Phase I — project kickoff — took place from June to September 2021 and has been completed.

Phase II — plan development/public engagement — is scheduled for October 2021 to February 2022.

Phase III — completion, review and adoption — will take place from March to May 2022.

Compiling data from the survey will provide a roadmap to the future, Ellington said, “from strategic plan to reality.”

Residents can respond to the survey anonymously. The individual information relates only to the respondent’s age group, years residing in Henderson and whether their job is located in Henderson.

The survey asks respondents to list Henderson’s top three assets and top three liabilities, three most important issues, and priorities for the city. In addition, respondents are asked to comment on some specific community attributes.

The survey can be completed in about 10 minutes.

Williams said results of the survey will help the staff in updating the city’s planning documents. Everything related to development will be included in a Unified Development Ordinance, he said.

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