Saving farmland ranks high as a priority

December 23, 2010
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Saving farmland ranks high as a priority

One aspect of the EPIC-MRA survey of 400 Kent County residents asks respondents to prioritize eight local government policy issues. Preserving farmland finished in a two-way tie for third with economic development; nearly half of respondents said both were a top priority.

As for total importance, farmland preservation finished fifth, with 81 percent saying the policy was “very important and a top priority” and “important but not a top priority.” Only 7 percent said it wasn’t important.

Here are the eight policy issues that were surveyed and the scores of the respondents.

Policy Issue

 

Very Important

 

 Somewhat Important

 

“Total” Important

Protecting the public from crime and drugs

 

66%

 

29%

 

95%

Protecting air, land and water from pollution

 

58%

 

33%

 

91%

Providing economic development programs to attract business and industry

 

49%

 

34%

 

83%

Maintaining and improving roads

 

39%

 

46%

 

85%

Preserving farmland and open space for local food production

 

49%

 

32%

 

81%

Offering programs to recycle household items

 

27%

 

45%

 

72%

Controlling traffic congestion

  

17%

 

47%

 

64%

Controlling population growth by regulating residential and commercial development

 

20%

 

30%

 

50%

Source: EPIC-MRA Kent County Survey, November 2010

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