UPPER TOWNSHIP — More than half the people who took an online survey would like to see more shopping and dining opportunities in Marmora and Seaville, and nearly 86 percent favor the development of a recreational bike path and increased access to recreational waters, according to a press release from Suasion Communications Group.

The survey was conceived by the Upper Township Economic Development Commission to gauge public sentiment about potential new initiatives for the township. It was placed on the township website, uppertownship.com, and could be filled out from Nov. 1-30.

The survey consisted of four multiple-choice questions and an open-ended question, according to Suasion. Some 292 people responded to the multiple-choice section, and 209 responded to the open-ended question.

The survey was anonymous and did not require the submission of any personal information.

The survey results are as follows, according to Suasion, a Somers-Point based marketing company run by Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, who is also chairwoman of the Upper Township Economic Development Commission.

  • More than 50 percent of respondents supported more development of shopping and dining opportunities in Marmora and Seaville.
  • Nearly 86 percent of participants said they are in favor of recreational bike path development and increased access to the township’s recreational waters.
  • Ninety percent of participants responded in favor of Exit 20 at Routes 9 and 50 being developed into a full interchange with access from Garden State Parkway South and access to Garden State Parkway North.
  • In terms of growth and/or change in Upper Township (such as size/population or commercial activity), about 36 percent of survey participants said they felt very positive, 29 percent felt somewhat positive, 16 percent were neutral, and 19 percent felt somewhat or very negatively about it.

Survey participants were also asked to name Upper Township’s three most valuable assets. The most commented on asset choices included “small town feel,” the school system/teachers, ecotourism, recreational facilities, low crime rates, reasonable taxes, and township services (EMS/Fire).

“After compiling this community feedback, we are better equipped to make recommendations for Upper Township’s long-term strategic economic development plan,” Adelizzi-Schmidt stated in the release, which was released Jan. 3.

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