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Overall satisfaction up in Snowmass Village, survey says

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

Snowmass Village residents are generally more satisfied with their community than they were in 2013, at least according to a survey conducted by the town.

The 2015 Community Survey results were presented at Monday’s Town Council meeting. Ratings across all questions and in regard to town services had generally improved since the last time the town conducted a similar survey, according to consultants RRC Associates.

That includes their sense of community — 75 percent of respondents said that is improving or staying the same, compared to 58 percent in 2013. Respondents also rated aspects such as safety, quality of life and services provided. However, a majority rated their feelings of satisfaction with their representation on Town Council as “neutral.”

As in the 2013 survey, many answers to the open-ended questions focused on the completion of the stalled Base Village development.

“As a vacation condo owner, I see the many positive employees I have met over the years in the village maintaining exception service and welcoming attitudes,” read one comment. “I do however sense a growing resentment and objections to finishing base village. Which is still more a failure that success of the village at this time. IE, SMV is incapable to accomplishing the task. The unfinished/blighted space is a poke in the eye of everyone coming to visit SMV and sadly the first thing visitors get to see up close.”

Local economic development and vitality ranked highest on the areas respondents would like to see town leadership emphasize in the next two years. That was followed by affordable housing, town infrastructure, walkability and connectivity, and tourism.

Respondents were asked to rate different types of traffic calming measures that would be acceptable for use in the village — something the Town Council has considered often while looking at transportation issues associated with Base Village. The most highly favored measures were yield and stop signs. Roundabouts were supported by 77 percent of respondents. Eighty-four percent of respondents said they’d prefer not to use stoplights.

Respondents evaluated various town departments as well as special events, which all generally received high marks. Special events that drew a few more “very dissatisfied” grades were those that interrupt traffic flow, such as the USA Pro Cycle Challenge (this year that won’t go through Snowmass) and the Ragnar running races, and the Snowmass Mammoth Fest.

The interest in owning or renting town housing is on the rise, and satisfaction with deed-restricted housing is high. Some comments, though, named pet-friendly housing as a priority.

One thousand ninety-eight individuals responded to the survey. Fifty-seven percent of those were full-time residents, and the rest were second-home owners, visitors and local employees.

To view the results in full, visit http://www.tosv.com/communitysurvey.