Built Environment Facet from 2018 National Citizen Survey

Date of release:  November 15, 2018

Increases in Quality of New Development and Land Use, Planning & Zoning

quality of new developmentThe City of Paducah is reviewing the results from the National Citizen Survey with this release focusing on Built Environment.  Questions associated with Built Environment relate to housing, utilities, development, planning and zoning, and code enforcement.  Each question on the survey is connected to one of eight facets:  Safety, Mobility, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Economy, Recreation & Wellness, Education & Enrichment, and Community Engagement. 

One of the questions that saw significant change between this year and 2013, the first time the City of Paducah conducted a Citizen Survey, is the question asking citizens to rate the overall quality of new development in Paducah.  In 2013, the results showed that 39% rated the quality of Paducah’s new development as either excellent or good.  That number increased to 46% in 2016 and to 53% this year.

City Manager Jim Arndt says, “In my short time living in Paducah, I have been amazed with the number of construction projects around the city.  New businesses, office space, and opportunities are underway.  It’s a tribute to our local developers and entrepreneurs who realize that Paducah is a hub of activity that can support a diverse array of quality establishments.”

Another question in the Built Environment facet that has had significant positive change asks about the quality of the land use, planning, and zoning services.  In the last two years, between 2016 and 2018, the percentage of positive responses increased 10 percentage points from 35% to 45%. 

In July 2017, the City hired Tammara Tracy as Planning Director.  Tracy says, “We have positive momentum, and great things are happening across the City.  However, we need to dig deeper to maintain this positive trend.  I won’t be happy until a super majority of the Paducah population is pleased with our approach to land use, planning, and zoning.  Furthermore, in addition to Paducah’s reputation as a great place to visit, I want those visitors to consciously make a decision that Paducah should be their home.”

The National Citizen Survey, which asks questions about a community’s livability, was mailed earlier this year to 1500 randomly-selected households within the Paducah city limits.  For more information including Paducah’s survey instrument and reports, please visit Citizen Survey.


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