LUMBERTON — Big box retailers, downtown dining, water sports and activities — those are some of the things Lumberton residents seem to want more of, according to a new survey and interactive website put out by the city.
“I do know that we’ve taken in somewhere around 150 surveys,” said Brandon Love, the city’s Planning Department director. “… It’s still not enough, we need as much input as possible.”
The Lumberton Tomorrow project is designed to enable residents to give their input on the city’s future, which will be factored into a comprehensive Land Use Plan update. Through the end of June, a survey on land use is available for residents to take. After that, transportation will be the focus.
Steering committees on those topics help guide the planning process, but Love said the ideas of ordinary residents are just as important.
“We get a lot of information from those folks but we’re a city of over 21,000 and the Steering Committee is a committee of 12 people, so we want as wide an opinion as possible, as much general input from the public as possible,” he said. “We know we can’t think of everything.”
The survey is anonymous and minimal personal information is requested. Survey-takers are asked their zip code, age range, how long they’ve lived in Lumberton and what county they work in.
Participants can share how often they visit downtown and the river walk and what area they feel should be Lumberton’s priority — whether its attracting retailers to the Interstate 95 corridor, highlighting the Lumber River or vamping up major thoroughfares like Carthage Road.
The survey can be accessed by clicking the Lumberton Tomorrow icon on the city’s website or by visiting lumbertontomorrow.mindmixer.com, where residents can also share their favorite things about their hometown. Hard copies of the survey were sent out with this month’s utility bills and can be returned with utility payments, or can be picked up at City Hall.
Love said there will also be plenty of opportunities for residents to voice their opinions at public meetings, like Revitalize Downtown Lumberton which typically meets at Candy Sue’s in downtown Lumberton.