Survey: Mobility tops issues

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Perhaps as no surprise, mobility tops concerns for Pearland residents, according to a 2015 Citizen’s Survey.

City leaders heard the results of a resident survey that will be used by city staff.

“We use this quit a bit in terms of discussions with staff and mix of service offerings,” City Manager Clay Pearson said.

Citizen feedback was compared with feedback from other cities across the country. The city has conducted the survey every other year since 2009, and comparisons are also made from resident responses over time.

“After a few years, after 288 is up and running, after Broadway has been rehabbed, are those moving the direction that we want to,” Pearson said.

In the average cities surveyed, “key focus areas” most important for their city are safety and economy. But Pearland residents selected mobility – a less typical area.

“We call this finding an opportunity of focus for Pearland,” said Thomas Miller, president of National Research Center, the company that conducted the surveys in conjunction with National Citizen Surveys. “That’s because many of the ratings about mobility were lower than the benchmark.

“These results are intended to be helpful and help focus on pieces of the puzzle for a livable community,” he said. “They’re not intended to be surprises. I don’t come to the podium hoping we’ve got something you haven’t thought of before. The idea is when you get a quantitative representative of what residents are thinking of, and this is a way to start tracking over time how your policies or programs have an impact on the kinds of things you want to have an impact on.”

Only 55 percent of Pearland respondents reported that ease of travel is good.

For a city growing as quickly as Pearland, this isn’t as bad as it may seem, Mayor Tom Reid said.

“Fifteen years ago, most of these roads in Pearland weren’t here,” he said. “And we have a master transportation plan that shows a lot more as our tax base can support the construction.”

“Overall built environment” also rated lower than other communities, Miller said. This includes the housing, planning and ability to get around the community.

Meanwhile, economic health, shopping opportunities and economic development rated high among citizens.

“Feelings of safety in the neighborhoods are very positive,” Miller said.

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