Town planners are extending the deadline for an online survey on the future of transportation and downtown Cary until Dec. 10.
The survey is being conducted by Imagine Cary, a group of town staff and residents who are crafting a community plan to govern growth through 2040.
The group kicked off its hunt for feedback on the future of transportation and development in downtown Cary with a work session last month and planned to collect online comments until the end of November. More than 130 people attended the work session and nearly 200 have taken the online survey.
But the town decided Monday to extend the survey in an attempt to gather comments from a wider variety of residents, said Meredith Chandler, a senior Cary planner.
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“We would like a little more diversity in age and race, if possible,” Chandler said.
Residents between the ages of 45 and 74 made up 31 percent of Cary’s population in the most recent Census, but that age group accounted for 65 percent of survey respondents.
Meanwhile, black and Asian residents made up 21 percent of the town’s population in the last census but accounted for only 6 percent of survey respondents. White residents, about 73 percent of the population, accounted for 83 percent of survey-takers.
The survey, which is posted on imaginecary.org, first addresses downtown Cary by dividing it into six sections: Central Chatham, East Chatham, West Chatham, North Academy, South Academy and Neighborhoods.
The survey asks residents to identify which types of development are appropriate for each area, from low-density housing to tall, mixed-use centers. Photos provide examples of the different development options.
The survey segues into transportation by asking if there are needs to be met in any of the six downtown regions.
It then asks residents which modes of transportation they currently use to get to work, shopping centers, schools and parks and how they would like to get to those places in the future.
It asks residents to pick their preferred traffic design for major roads: four lanes with a median, five lanes with a center turn lane, or five lanes with a median.
The survey then asks participants to rank four transportation concerns – safety, aesthetics, travel time and maintenance – based on their importance when using different modes of transportation.
Finally, the survey asks how the town should improve C-Tran, Cary’s bus service.
Residents are given four improvement options: more bus locations, more frequent service, expanded daily service times and better amenities, such as bus shelters with Wi-Fi and mobile device charging stations.
Imagine Cary plans to analyze the comments before presenting the survey results to the Town Council sometime this winter. The group will then work with the council to create policies for the Cary Community Plan, which the town hopes to adopt in spring 2016.