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  MN APA Member Survey Results

Are you AICP certified?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

48.1%

129

No

51.9%

139

answered question

268

skipped question

2



Are you a member of APA Minnesota?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

99.6%

269

No

0.4%

1

answered question

270

skipped question

0



How long have you been an APA MN member?

Answer Options

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Less than 1 year

10.2%

27

2-5 years

2-5 years

22.2%

59

5-10 years

5-10 years

26.3%

70

10-15 years

10-15 years

15.8%

42

Over 15 years

Over 15 years

25.6%

68

answered question

266

skipped question

skipped question

4

4



Which district are you a member of? (See membership survey email for map or visit www.mnapa.com)

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Northeast District

3.8%

10

Northwest District

3.4%

9

Central District

11.9%

31

Metro District

70.5%

184

Southeast District

5.4%

14

Southwest District

5.0%

13

answered question

261

skipped question

9



How are you involved as a member? Please check all that apply.

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Attend social events

36.1%

97

Attend trainings

62.8%

169

Attend the State conference

69.1%

186

Volunteer or serve as a committee member

22.7%

61

Attend student activities/events

9.3%

25

Use the on-line discussion forum

15.6%

42

Do not particpate in activites

12.3%

33

answered question

269

skipped question

1



How would you describe your employment status

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Professional planner in the public sector

63.3%

171

Professional planner in the private sector

13.3%

36

Professional planner for a non-profit

2.2%

6

Professor/Teacher

1.5%

4

Citizen Planner

0.4%

1

Student

9.3%

25

Unemployed

2.2%

6

Retired

1.1%

3

Employed, but in a different field

6.7%

18

answered question

270

skipped question

0


How often do you access the APA Minnesota website?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

All the time - it's my start-up page

0.0%

0

At least once a day

2.2%

6

A couple times a week

13.8%

37

A couple times a month

39.0%

105

Once a month

26.0%

70

Less than monthly

16.7%

45

Never

2.2%

6

answered question

269

skipped question

1



Do you use the APA MN website for any of the following items?: Please check all that apply.

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

To access the events calendar

57.0%

154

To view discussion topics

37.8%

102

To participate in discussion topics

10.0%

27

To view the spotlight community

23.3%

63

To access committee and board agendas/minutes

4.8%

13

To view job postings

58.1%

157

To read the APA MN monthly newsletter

85.9%

232

To view legislative updates

38.5%

104

To read board member profiles

7.8%

21

To access other information

13.0%

35

I do not use the website

3.3%

9

answered question

270

skipped question

0



Would you suggest any changes to the website? Please check all that apply.

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

No changes or needed

55.6%

133

Needs to be more user friendly

14.2%

34

Needs to be more visually pleasing

15.1%

36

Not enough information is posted

6.3%

15

Too much information is posted

1.3%

3

Information needs to be updated more frequently

14.2%

34

Needs more planning related material (news, journals, etc.)

19.7%

47

Other improvements are needed

4.6%

11

answered question

239

skipped question

31



How would you classify yourself as a reader of the APA MN newsletter?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

I read it cover to cover

13.1%

35

I read most of the articles

39.9%

107

I only read one or two articles in each issue

33.6%

90

I read every other issue

7.8%

21

I never read an issue

5.6%

15

answered question

268

skipped question

2



Would you suggest any changes to the newsletter? Please check all that apply.

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

No, the newsletter is just fine

67.2%

164

Needs more articles

7.0%

17

Published too often

2.5%

6

Needs a new look

8.6%

21

Not enough pictures

4.9%

12

Needs stronger content

15.6%

38

More information from the board level

6.6%

16

Other

4.9%

12

answered question

244

skipped question

26



How likely are you to attend the 2011 APA MN conference in St. Cloud?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Absolutely, it is always on my calendar

14.9%

40

Planning on going

38.3%

103

Haven't thought about it, but will likely attend

17.1%

46

It is unlikely I will attend

24.5%

66

I will not attend

5.2%

14

answered question

269

skipped question

1



If you do not plan on attending, please check all the factors that are preventing you from going.

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Cost

48.4%

59

Conference Location

18.0%

22

Program/Event Content

6.6%

8

Employer will not pay

41.0%

50

Do not need CM credits

13.1%

16

Time Conflict

36.1%

44

Other

18.9%

23

answered question

122

skipped question

148



What do you LIKE about the state conference? Please check all that apply

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Programs/Trainings

87.0%

208

Location/Facilities

28.9%

69

Social Events

54.8%

131

Exhibit Hall

22.2%

53

Student Activities

7.9%

19

Awards Program

10.5%

25

Key Note Speakers

51.9%

124

Food Options

11.3%

27

Networking Opportunities

74.9%

179

Cost

14.6%

35

CM Credit Opportunities

53.1%

127

Other

4.2%

10

answered question

239

skipped question

31



What do DISLIKE about the state conference? Please check all that apply.

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Programs/Trainings

5.6%

7

Location/Facilities

22.4%

28

Social Events

4.8%

6

Exhibit Hall

8.0%

10

Student Activities

4.0%

5

Awards Program

25.6%

32

Key Note Speakers

2.4%

3

Food Options

16.8%

21

Networking Opportunities

0.8%

1

Cost

39.2%

49

CM Credit Opportunities

1.6%

2

Other

13.6%

17

answered question

125

skipped question

145



Where would you attend a future confernce?

Answer Options

Favorite location

I would attend

Unlikely to attend

I would not attend

Rating Average

Response Count

Twin Cities (Metro)

125

122

17

0

3.41

264

Duluth

47

161

33

8

2.99

249

Rochester

18

178

42

13

2.80

251

Mankato

17

160

56

13

2.74

246

St. Cloud

18

185

33

7

2.88

243

The Lakes (Brainerd/Baxter/Alexandria)

44

127

59

12

2.84

242

answered question

267

skipped question

3



How familiar are you with the Chapter's legislative initiatives?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Very familiar

9.6%

26

Somewhat familiar

53.0%

143

Not very familiar

27.0%

73

Not at all familiar

10.4%

28

answered question

270

skipped question

0



Do you generally agree with the Chapter's legislative initiatives?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

94.3%

200

No

5.7%

12

answered question

212

skipped question

58



If no, please identify your concerns.

Answer Options

Response Count

 

17

answered question

17

skipped question

253



- Generally the recent court decision re: variances seem to have upset many planners who apparently liked the flexlibility and discretion provided. But there needs to be criteria/standards for granting variances -- otherwise they are open to political manipulation and denigrate the whole process of land use regulation.  Except for this, I tend to agree with the Chapter's legislative initiatives

- As a chapter, we of course must support the national APA positions.  I don't always agree with the national position, though!

- I believe more input should have gone into the variance bill. A change was needed to allow cities to issue variances but now the language seems way too lenient and I feel that cities may be in the position of having to be forced to grant variances in situations where it really is not in the best interest of the city.

- I disagree with the Chapter's position on variances. Having worked as a planning and zoning administrator for both cities and townships/counties, I did not have issues with the enabling legislation for variances. We used the approach of clearly defining what was required/prohibited in the ordinances, and further reviewed areas that we found we were receiving significant levels of variance applications. Then we revised those areas to remove the need for variances if it was deemed acceptable and legal by the community and legal staff.

- I do not agree with the MnAPA position on the variance matter.

- I know some people feel it is not our role to weigh in on legislative issues. I think it's appropriate.

- I tend to be much more in favor of maintaing personal property rights over the rights of a government unit.

- I think that the chapter needs to be cautious as it enters into legislative matters.  Offering general information about planning, and informing members about current legislative items of interest is appropriate.  Taking positions on specific bills may be something that warrents more discussion and may not be suited for an organization of this type. Overall, I do think it is important for the chapter to follow state policy issues and to educate members about what is going on.

- It's not that I disagree, I am just not well aware of what the positions are.

- Just unfamiliar, not necessarily in disagreement.

- need to be less politically partisan

- Need to keep in mind consideration for the views of ALL planners--we don't necessarily agree with each other.

- The Legislative Committee has never before been so active and at such a high level of commuication with the Chapter Membership.  This is an excellent service to the membership and I look forward to maintaining this improved standard.  What great things are next on the horizon?

- The Legislative Committee has the approach to Variances all wrong.  I couldn't disagree more with their approach.

- The position taken by the Chapter relative to variance legislation changes was flawed.  I was taken aback when iI discovered how variance legislation was actually administered at the local level.  The past proctive undermines solid planning and the corresponding need for effective regulation in support of planning goals.

- This is a good start: http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2011/3/2/coding-for-planner-gods.html



How satisfied are you with each of the following services offered by APA MN? (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest?

Answer Options

5 (Satisfied)

4

3

2

1 (Unsatisfied)

Rating Average

Response Count

Website

90

117

48

4

2

4.11

261

Newsletter

95

119

38

8

1

4.15

261

Legislative Updates

64

96

75

15

0

3.84

250

Trainings (Brown Bags)

75

96

61

12

6

3.89

250

State Conference

89

100

51

5

1

4.10

246

Opportunities to Volunteer

52

80

80

16

3

3.70

231

Student Activities

29

61

87

7

2

3.58

186

Opportunities to obtain CM Credits

81

75

59

9

1

4.00

225

Social Events

53

99

74

12

0

3.81

238

Overall communication to general membership

81

107

48

8

2

4.04

246

Response to questions

64

77

70

0

2

3.94

213

answered question

263

skipped question

7



How likely will you take advantage of these services/events in the next year?

Answer Options

Yes

Very Likely

Somewhat Likely

Not Likely

No

Rating Average

Response Count

Access the APA MN Website

180

59

19

4

0

4.58

262

Read the APA MN Planning Newsletter

178

55

23

6

0

4.55

262

Follow APA MN Legislative Updates

92

81

70

14

1

3.97

258

Attend Trainings (Brown Bags)

67

55

77

52

6

3.49

257

Participate in National Planning Month (October)

19

23

91

106

12

2.73

251

Volunteer

29

27

96

85

13

2.90

250

Attend a Student Activity

11

13

26

112

82

2.01

244

Attend a Social Event

33

46

97

64

14

3.08

254

Utilize the Citizen Planner Manual

18

22

55

98

48

2.44

241

answered question

262

skipped question

8



What are the most important benefits or services you receive through your membership in APA MN? Please list them with 1 being the most important:

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

1.

100.0%

186

2.

84.4%

157

3.

59.7%

111

4.

34.4%

64

answered question

186

skipped question

84





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