Visioning Open House Recap

On January 9, 2017 MAPC and the committee hosted a Visioning Open House from 6-9pm at the Flint Library located on 1 South Main St. There were approximately 60 people who attended the event to hear about the town's history, the master planning process and provide their own vision for the future of Middleton. The event consisted of interactive stations where residents identified cultural assets, community challenges and also had an opportunity to fill our the master plan survey.

At the event, attendees were asked to participate in a "Dot exercise," where they had to visually represent where they live, where they work, and how they usually commute to work. Event participants live all over Middleton and many indicated they work in town. Most people commute by car to work though many work from home. 

There was also a station set up called "Assets, Challenges, Opportunities/Legacy," that prompt attendees to voice what they like best about Middleton (greatest assets), what they think is missing in the community (greatest challenges), what they think would most improve quality of life. (opportunities/legacy)

Some greatest opportunity legacy feedback...

  • Rail trail
  • More of a "downtown" or town center area for shopping/services. Mixed with housing
  • Old town hall being preserved
  • More sidewalks for walkers and bikers.

Some greatest assets feedback...

  • Country atmosphere
  • Belonging
  • Schools
  • Small town but lots to offer

Some greatest challenges feedback...

  • A real town square for gathering and events
  • nothing "vibrant" about Middleton, no draw for outsiders, other than ice cream.
  • Developments without infrastructure (e.g. sidewalks, local shopping)
  • Real youth/teen recreation, such as YMCA.

Middleton's Get Fit event Recap

The town of Middleton partnered with MAPC for the Get Fit Middleton Event on November 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Howe-Manning School. MAPC engaged residents and raised awareness about the upcoming public meeting for the Master Plan Visioning Open House on January 9. Participants described what they loved about Middleton as well as what they would like to change about the town. Kids and parents alike spun our fitness wheel, engaged in physical activity and won fun and healthy prizes at our visioning table. Middleton Town Planner Katrina O'Leary showcased important town demographic information that spurred thoughtful conversation with residents in town. Over 400 people attended the event. 

Community Engagement: Visioning Survey

As part of the visioning process for Middleton, we created a survey to give to residents to better understand the town's dynamic. We asked residents to complete an online survey which was vital to the community engagement process. Launched on November 10, 2016 and closed January 10, 2017, the survey was designed to capture critical data from respondents such as input on community facilities, town services, taxes, and preferred areas for growth and transportation needs.

Thank you to the 385 individuals who responded to the online visioning survey, from the responses we were able to collect 764 comments to assist us in gauging the town's interests.