Norwich asking residents, waterfront visitors to answer survey

Norwich — The Harbor Management Commission is asking residents and visitors to answer a detailed eight-page survey on topics ranging from water quality and health and safety issues to recreational choices and opinions on waterfront development, as a guide for updating the Harbor Management Plan.

The commission received a matching $7,500 grant from the Connecticut Port Authority to revise the 26-year Harbor Management Plan. Harbor Management Commission Chairman H. Tucker Braddock said the survey has no specific deadline but the commission hopes to have a public forum in late August or early September to discuss the results.

The survey can be completed online at the city’s website at bit.ly/NorwichHarbor. Hard copies are also available at City Hall at the docent’s booth on the ground floor and at the city clerk’s office and city manager’s office.

The survey begins with demographic questions asking whether the respondent is a Norwich resident and of what age range. It then launches into questions on health and safety, such as “Do you feel safe when going and using our public waterfront areas?” and water quality and environmental conservation concerns.

Later, the survey asks if respondents are boaters, whether they use the city’s boating facilities and asks their opinions on current public access to the waterfront. Under waterfront development, the survey asks respondents if more commercial development on the waterfront should be encouraged and whether more public amenities should be added.

The survey ends with 10 questions under the heading “Priority Issues.”

Braddock handed out nearly 40 surveys — stamped and addressed — to attendees at Wednesday’s first Rock the Docks concert at the Howard T. Brown Memorial Park and in a cover letter invited “all persons with an interest in the harbor” to attend Harbor Management Commission meetings at 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

For more information about the survey or the Harbor Management Plan, contact Braddock at (860) 912-1336.

c.bessette@theday.com

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