This is Joe Parsons, webmaster for the Stay the Course blog.
Given the strong differences of opinion among the Steering Committee about whether to meet with the developer who now owns the San Ramon Golf Club and wants to create a housing subdivision on the site, we decided that it was important to have at least some idea of the community’s thoughts on the matter.
With that in mind, I created a simple survey on the blog and released it at noon on Sunday, 2/26/17. The survey ran until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 3/1/17.
There were two statements for the respondents to agree or disagree:
- The Steering Committee should meet with the developer in March
- Only members of the San Ramon City Council and Planning Commission should have any communication with the developer
Each response had space for an “Other” response. There was an additional field for free-form comments.
I configured the survey to allow only one response from each IP address and required an email address (with no verification) from each respondent. I collected IP addresses from all respondents.
The survey was publicized on the blog, on NextDoor and through the mailing list. I posted reminders mid-week to get the maximum number of responses.
There were 344 responses:
“Agree” with a meeting: 111
“Disagree” with a meeting: 222
“Not sure” or unclear opinion: 8
On the second question, “Should only the City Council and Planning Commission meet with the developer:”
No clearly expressed opinion: 14
In some cases, I added “Agree” or “Disagree” to answers that clearly expressed an opinion. I did this to facilitate sorting the answers in the spreadsheet.
The survey page is now marked “closed,” although a small number of responses (17) have continued to arrive after the deadline. The opinions were in the same proportion as the on-time responses.