BAXTER -- Baxter residents Thursday received with the results of the Baxter 20/20 Vision report.
The report, conducted through written surveys in February with 250 people participating, gave Baxter residents a chance to list what they felt were the most important issues for the future of the city.
City officials will use the results to update Baxter's comprehensive plan.
"We're going to use (the report) to help redevelop the comprehensive plan, to make it more descriptive than it is," said Baxter City Planner Todd Holman.
The report was funded by the Initiative Foundation through a program called Healthy Communities Partnership.
For the report, people had nine categories in which to list top priorities: recreation/community center, school issue, transportation plan/access roads, housing/residential issues, commercial issues, Baxter/Brainerd comments, environmental comments, parks and miscellaneous issues.
Under recreation/community, a majority of residents felt a large, indoor, multi-use complex that would include a pool, basketball courts, games, day care, senior center and soccer/golf dome is a need for Baxter.
With school issues, space needs dominated the report. One comment suggested relocating Baxter Elementary School and using that empty building as a community center.
A majority of transportation comments concerned a more expansive bus transportation plan, as well as pedestrian access to the commercial areas of Baxter.
With housing/residential issues, the most frequent comment was the need for more affordable housing.
Under commercial issues, landscaping was the biggest concern for residents, as was the protection of the Highway 371 corridor south of Highway 210.
For Baxter/Brainerd comments, everyone who filled in this section said there is a need to cooperate with Brainerd.
Groundwater protection concerned residents in the environmental comments category, as did wetland protection and the problems caused by on-site septic systems.
Parks received the majority of comments from the public. As many people said the city should develop parks by lakes and rivers as the city needs more neighborhood parks. There were also comments on the need to acquire more land and maintain the green space.
For miscellaneous, several comments called for an emergency service facility, a post office and a clinic.
Baxter officials plan to start work on a comprehensive plan in January.
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