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December 18, 2013

Draft plan lays out recommendations

LEWIS — Surveys show Lewis residents are generally satisfied with their community.

In April 2012, surveys were distributed to Lewis households, with 113, or 22 percent, returned.

RESIDENTS’ REACTIONS

Among the findings, residents:

▶ Felt fairly positive about road conditions and maintenance for vehicular travel but dissatisfied about walking and biking opportunities on town roads or trails.

▶ Perceived that housing is becoming less affordable.

▶ Are concerned over property maintenance.

▶ Strongly expressed a need to attract more businesses.

▶ Enjoy the scenic beauty, access to natural areas and privacy.

▶ Generally want to see the amount of state land, private forestland and land being mined remain the same.

▶ Rated the quality of the school system, access to health-care services and opportunities for outdoor recreation as fair to good.

▶ Rated youth recreation opportunities, availability of child care and access to a public library as fair to poor.

▶ Rated opportunities for cultural and senior activities as poor.

▶ Believe that the lack of town-wide high-speed Internet and cellphone services are limiting factors for attracting new residents and businesses.

▶ Generally are satisfied with town government but were less satisfied with the value of services received for taxes paid and the level of participation in community affairs.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Draft Comprehensive Plan strategies and recommendations include:

▶ Apply for hamlet expansion through the Adirondack Park Agency.

▶ Seek opportunities to expand broadband and cell service.

▶ Develop a small senior-housing project.

▶ Open a community center.

▶ Hold an annual community meeting to discuss issues.

▶ Find affordable housing.

▶ Have ability for residents to enjoy a rural lifestyle, access to trails and outdoor recreation.

▶ Grow at a modest and manageable rate.

▶ Maintain or improve property to protect values.

▶ Open more businesses.

▶ Hold an annual cleanup day.

▶ Update and enforce the town’s property maintenance and junk laws.

▶ Adopt a subdivision law.

▶ Adopt a site-plan review law.

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