Raritan Community Survey

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Introduction

Raritan Borough is working on a Sustainable Economic Development Plan for the Downtown. If you are not familiar with the project, you may wish to read more about it here before taking the survey.

The questions are intended to give us a preliminary idea of how you see the downtown, what you envision it becoming, and how you think we should best go about achieving that vision. This survey should take you about 5 minutes to complete.

It is important to know that the following survey is the first of several opportunities for you to participate in the plan making process. If you want to know more about future engagement opportunities, you can read more here.

A note on COVID-19

We understand that as a result of the pandemic, your life may be substantially different than it was even several months ago. We know this may make it hard think about what the Downtown should be in one year, let alone in 10 years. When answering these questions, please assume that COVID-19 will be substantially under control within the next year. However, if you think there will be long-term impacts from the crisis, please consider those in your responses.

1. Which of the following describes you (check all that apply)






2. Please select a few adjectives that describe the look and feel of Downtown Raritan before the outbreak of COVID (select all that apply)

3. Over the past year, which of these activities have led you to visit Downtown Raritan (select all that apply)









4. Imagine that Raritan Borough was successful in creating a sustainable, vibrant economy Downtown. Please select a few adjectives that describe the look and feel of Downtown Raritan in 10 years (select all that apply)

5. What are three things that you love about Downtown Raritan and you think make it special or unique?

6. What are three things that you think need to be improved in Downtown Raritan to support a more vibrant and sustainable economy?

7. Please imagine that in 10 years, this plan has been successful, and a sustainable and vibrant Downtown Raritan has been built. Please pick up to five of the following statements to describe what that place looks like in your mind. The Downtown is…














8. For this question, assume that you are responsible for setting the priorities for how the Borough will allocate its funds over the next 10 years. Assuming that higher priority efforts will get more funding, please drag to arrange the following in order of importance.

Most Important - Top
Least Important - Bottom

9. Distinguishing Downtown Raritan from other downtowns in the region will be important to creating a sustainable economy. Which of the following do you think makes Raritan unique AND would support revitalization Downtown, if enhanced or promoted?












10. When creating an economic development plan, it is critical to determine how the Borough will evaluate the plan's success. Please choose the five most important outcomes or results of the plan: 














11. Which of the following businesses would you spend at least $20 a month at if it were in Downtown Raritan:















12. Which, if any, types of housing do you think would help support the sustainable vibrant Downtown you envisioned in previous questions, if they were located on or near Somerset Street? (Check all that apply? Or are they to pick one?)











13. Which, if any, types of housing do you think would help support the sustainable vibrant Downtown you envisioned in the previous questions, if they were located in the residential neighborhoods surrounding Somerset Street? (Check all that apply? Or are they to pick one?)











14. When visiting businesses downtown, how frequently do you…

Always More than half the time Half the time Less than half the time Never Not Applicable
Walk
Bike
Drive
Take an Uber/Lyft/Rideshare
Take a bus / train

15. Which of the following do you think the Borough should do to support economic and community development in response to COVID-19?







 Other 

16. Is there anything else you'd like to share with us about how to revitalize Downtown Raritan?

The following questions ask a little bit more about you. They help us determine if there are members of the community that are not being represented in this survey. Your details will not be shared.

What is your email address?

How old are you?





What language do you speak at home (check all that apply)?

 English
 Spanish
 Tagalog
 Other 

How well do you speak English?





How do you identify?

 White
 Black, African American
 Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish origin
 Asian
 American Indian
 Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
 Multi-racial
 Other 

Have you lived in Raritan for 10 years or more?



Which best describes your current living situation

 I rent my home
 I own my home
 I live in my parents' home
 Other 

What is your total household income?









Thank you for you feedback!