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The City of Brooklyn embarked on the preparation of a comprehensive Master Plan in August, 2004, taking a proactive role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of its residents, businesses, and many other stakeholders.

A group of approximately 20 residents and business owners, known as the Master Plan Advisory Committee, was formed and, on average, met monthly to formulate a plan for review and approval by the City. Public presentations, held during the summer of 2005, provided an opportunity for additional public comments. The master plan effort culminated in January, 2006 with a final public meeting to present the findings and recommendations to the entire community.

Brooklyn's proximity to downtown Cleveland, quality of city services, housing variety, availability of commercial and industrial opportunities, quality schools, and both natural and man-made attributes help to define the City as a strong and vibrant community. At the same time, the City of Brooklyn recognized the need to plan for its future so as to remain competitive within the region. The planning process that the City followed ensures that as new development and redevelopment occurs throughout the region, Brooklyn will continue to be a resilient residential community with strong commercial, industrial, recreational, and institutional offerings. The Master Plan serves as a practical guide to base future decisions involving the City's zoning map, its zoning district regulations and the City's development review procedures, as well as a guide for capital improvements, recreational programming, and natural resource management.

Survey

The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission conducted a survey of a cross section of residents from around the City as a way of gathering public input for the Brooklyn Master Plan Advisory Committee.

The questionnaire was developed by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission with input and review by the Advisory Committee. The survey addressed a variety of issues and was designed to gather residents' opinions regarding the future of Brooklyn.

The City was divided into nine neighborhoods based on the year the houses were built and common neighborhood boundaries. A total of 1,100 of the 13 page survey were mailed on October 27, 2004. This represented 20% of the City's households.

Since some of the neighborhoods were relatively small and/or had unique characteristics, a random sampling of each neighborhood was done and 20% of the households in each neighborhood were selected to receive the survey. Such a proportional stratified sample provides added assurance that the sample was representative of the overall city makeup.

Residents were given approximately three weeks to complete and return the survey form. Of the 1,100 surveys mailed, 379 were returned for an overall response rate of 34%.

The results from the community survey are found in Appendix A (PDF). A combination of tables and graphs accompany a brief explanation for each question. A sample survey form is also provided.

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