Research & Planning
An early SCSSD focus was strategic planning. Before spending the bulk of valued community improvement funding, SCSSD considered all proposed programs, completed test “pilot” projects, surveyed residents for feedback, and only then developed an informed, longer-term strategic plan. SCSSD also expended considerable effort in completing the tasks necessary to establish and operate a new corporation, everything from creating a logo to establishing mailing lists. Starting in 2003, this work included a Community Needs Survey completed in November 2004, a Community Center Feasibility Study completed in September 2005, legal and environmental consulting to neighbors for the Veterans Stadium demolition and berm construction, various GIS mapping of the District, and area development tracking, just to name a few topics. Below are two recent examples of ongoing SCSSD research and planning:
SCSSD exists to serve community needs. Understanding these needs and their associated priorities is critical to the ongoing success of SCSSD. SCSSD’s Community Directors recognize the importance of community input and approved a neighborhood survey that was completed in 2004-05. Over 4,200 surveys were mailed to residents. SCSSD compiled survey feedback, read all written comments, and has used the results to guide decision-making on projects and programs that residents have prioritized as most important to their neighborhood. Here are some of the 2004-05 survey results:
- 25% of the SCSSD households responded.
- 79% of respondents expressed “satisfaction” with their neighborhood.
- Neighbors were most satisfied with: Neighborhood Safety.
- Neighbors were least satisfied with: Traffic, Landscaping, Lighting, Tree Care, and Sidewalk Cleanliness.
- The top three neighborhood improvements neighbors wanted SCSSD to focus on were: Sidewalk Cleaning, Traffic Calming, and Lighting Upgrades.
In 2011, SCSSD completed a second community survey to secure updated statistics on neighborhood satisfaction and improvement priorities. The survey findings serve as a report card for the past and empower SCSSD to strategically plan for the future, ensuring that SCSSD funds are directed to the efforts of greatest benefit for served communities. Here are some of the 2011 survey results:
- 26% of the SCSSD households responded.
- Since the 2004 survey, SCSSD initiated projects and programs for all of the priority areas identified by respondents. The issues that were major concerns in 2004 remain major concerns in 2011, but every category of neighborhood satisfaction showed significant positive improvement. Stated differently, residents feel much better in 2011, than they did in 2004, about every topic included in the survey.
- Residents also responded to this survey with nearly 2,000 written comments and suggestions.
- 58% of respondents have access to the internet.
- 87% of respondents feel that SCSSD efforts are improving the neighborhoods.
To better understand the demographics of served neighborhoods, SCSSD completed the analysis and mapping of 2010 census data for the SCSSD area. This served as an update to the prior mapping completed for the year 2000 census. Such updates empower SCSSD to make more informed strategic planning decisions, targeting future services at the most current demographics.
Some notable points for the SCSSD area are as follows:
- The 2010 population is 8,956. The year 2000 population was 9,065. The SCSSD population has only decreased by 109 (-1%) in the last decade.
- With respect to the age of SCSSD residents:
- 16% (1,441) are minors under 18
- 59% (5,294) are between 19 and 64
- 25% (2,221) are seniors 65 & over
- With respect to the sex and race of SCSSD residents:
- 53% are female and 47% are male
- 94% are white
- 84% of the properties within SCSSD are owner occupied.