Text Box: used before using these data as the sole guideposts for identifying Bigfork housing needs.  As will be discussed later in this analysis, the age (64% over age 55) and economic status (97% land owners) of survey participants may well reflect a bias in this area.  Moreover, for those survey participants already housed in an appropriate manner (and most are based on age and ownership status), it is reasonable to expect they will demonstrate only limited support for housing outside of their anticipated needs.  Written comments on housing needs covered a wide-spectrum of opinion ranging from “let the market decide,” to a many centered on preserving the “character” of Bigfork.     

The results of questions I-5 & I-6 have been included below as Figures I-5 & I-6 respectively.  However, when the actual survey was printed, the final printed copy resulted in some misalignment between the available choices and corresponding blanks.  As a result, it was difficult to accurately score these two survey questions.  However, as this difficulty was highlighted to those compiling the survey results, tabulators were able to give this area extra attention.  The Steering Committee has concluded that the results are generally accurate and certainly reflect the basic trends established by survey participants.  This conclusion is fortified by the fact that the responses to these two questions do not appear to be counterintuitive.  Nonetheless, the titles of these two slides are in strike through font as a means to highlight this difficulty. 

In Figure I-5, those areas associated with scenic beauty, sports fields and broadly based recreational activities (fishing, etc) received the strongest support while more narrowly defined areas (Aquatic and Equestrian Centers, Ice Rink, etc.) received only neutral support.

Similarly, in addressing Bigfork Development Needs, Figure I-6 depicts encouragement for Small Specialty Shops, Restaurants, Home Businesses, Grocery Stores, and Child Care Facilities.  Caution should be used before giving too much credence to the strength of support (2.78) for Home Businesses.  This category was the last choice on the list and the aforementioned misalignment problem could have resulted in some unintended votes in this area.