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Rural Character Survey

Press release – Survey of Northwest Connecticut’s “Rural Character”

What really is “rural character”? Joanna Wozniak-Brown, a land use planner and a doctoral candidate at Antioch University New England, is asking Northwest Connecticut residents this question.  

Most of the towns in northwest Connecticut use the term “rural character” in their comprehensive plan, which then shapes the town’s decisions. So, for her doctoral research, she is asking residents of northwest Connecticut to share what “rural character” means to them by filling out a survey at

The survey should take about 20 minutes and will be open until August 6, 2016. If you’d prefer a paper copy, you can visit the Kent, Washington, Canaan, and Cornwall libraries and the Washington, Torrington, and Canaan Senior Centers to complete a paper version. 

Your participation is vital to develop a Northwest Connecticut definition of “rural character” that represents your region. Your anonymous answers will help create a planning guidebook, specifically designed to help towns protect the rural character in their communities.

 If you have any questions, please email Joanna at