Survey indicates Severna Park residents richer than thought More pay reported than census showed CENTRAL COUNTY -- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

January 14, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff Writer

Severna Park residents appear richer than anybody thought.

That was one of the surprising results of a survey conducted by the Greater Severna Park Council.

Dan Nataf, chairman of the council's public works committee, reviewed survey results with the council Tuesday at its monthly meeting. Mr. Nataf, a statistician and a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, analyzed the data from the survey, mailed to 10,000 Severna Park homes in November 1991.

Council president Pat Troy said she was surprised by the high income level Mr. Nataf reported for area residents. The most recent census figures listed 12.6 percent of the population with incomes over $100,000, but the survey tallied 18.8 percent with incomes between $100,000 and $150,000, Mr. Nataf said. Five percent of those who responded to the survey reported incomes of more than $150,000.

About 10 percent of the homes surveyed responded to the eight-page questionnaire, a rate Ms. Troy said was quite good for a community survey. Some communities did a better job than others at responding, she said.

The data will be used as a guide for long-range planning in Severna Park, such as developing five-year plans council committees.

Survey questions were divided into three segments: personal data, such as information about who commutes where and how often; attitudes toward the area, what people like and don't like; and how people would resolve problems.

As expected, a majority of respondents from all communities were most concerned about traffic congestion and overdevelopment.

About 16 percent of those who responded work in Annapolis, 12 percent work in Baltimore and 10 percent in Washington, D.C. Ten percent of those who answered the survey work in Severna Park. While many people could use public transportation, most don't, the survey showed.

Job descriptions also ranged widely, from 11 percent who are engineers to 7 percent who are educators.

Ms. Troy plans to meet with the Greater Severna Park Council's executive board to develop a strategic planning document with the community's help. The council also will make the data available to the county and state to help them plan for Severna Park's future, she said.

Mr. Nataf analyzed the data for free.

Ms. Troy, who was involved in the late 1970s with a planning effort for Severna Park that never materialized, said the survey information has the potential to "clearly direct the future of Severna Park."

Also at the meeting, State Highway Administration officials discussed widening Ritchie Highway through Severna Park. The six-lane road would extend from Whites Road to Cypress Creek Road.

Administration District Engineer Ed Meehan said the project is scheduled to begin in spring 1994 and likely would be completed by summer 1995.

The state plans to create the additional lanes by cutting from both sides of the median, which will leave a large divider between north- and southbound traffic. Mr. Meehan said taking space for the new lanes from the median will be safer than taking space from the road shoulders.

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