Wellington places a high value on the involvement and engagement of its residents. Local government has the advantage of being closest to the people it serves. It protects and enables the lives of the community’s residents every day by providing basic needs from sidewalks and roads, to cultural enrichment, like events and healthy natural spaces. Civic engagement creates and maintains a community that is educated, aware, motivated, engaged, and fulfilled.
Opportunities To Share Your Input
The Village offers a variety of avenues that residents may use to give their input and share ideas with Wellington staff. This page provides links to surveys, as well as survey results and information about proposed projects and initiatives in our community. Make sure to stay connected with the Village so you never miss out on opportunities to share your input.
Wellington has partnered with FlashVote to launch a new platform to make it easier for residents to give their feedback. This new survey tool gives participants a convenient way to have a voice in Village government through text, email, or voice responses.
Village residents may sign up now at flashvote, or call 775-235-2240 to participate by phone or text only.
Planning, Zoning, & Building Projects
Wellington's Planning, Zoning, & Building Department welcomes feedback and comments on development proposals through its Proposed Projects Public Comment Form. If you would like additional information on specific projects, visit the Active Project Applications webpage or email email@example.com. All comments become part of the Public Record and will be part of the project file for the respective project or development proposal. If you wish for the comments to be heard or read at a public hearing, you must attend the hearing and fill out a public comment card.
National Community Survey
About the National Community Survey
The National Community Survey (NCS) was developed in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in 2001 to provide cities and counties with a high-quality, cost-effective scientific survey of resident opinion and an important benchmarking tool that allows for comparison among communities. It was among the first scientific surveys developed to gather resident opinions on a range of community issues and has been used in hundreds of jurisdictions across the U.S. The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and resident use of services.
Resident feedback helps Wellington address issues that are most important to our community. Survey responses are confidential and no identifying information is shared, the National Research Center will collect and analyze the responses independently and inform the Village how we measure up against more than 500 other communities throughout the United States.
2023 National Community Survey Results
In April of 2023, Wellington once again participated in the National Community Survey to gauge resident opinions on Village programs, services, and policies. The survey, administered by the National Research Center, surveyed randomly selected Wellington residents and included questions related to the overall quality of life in the community, including community amenities, governance, and infrastructure.
- Wellington residents continue to enjoy an exceptional quality of life.
Virtually all residents gave excellent or good marks to Wellington as a place to live, as a place to raise children, and the overall quality of life in the Village, and would also recommend living in Wellington to someone who asked. About 9 in 10 residents gave positive ratings to the overall image or reputation of the Village and their neighborhood as a place to live and planned to remain in Wellington for the next five years. Roughly 8 in 10 gave favorable marks to Wellington as a place to retire and the sense of community in the Village. Most of these ratings were higher than national and peer community benchmarks and were similar to those given in 2021.
- Safety is a community strength and remains a priority for residents.
The overall feeling of safety in Wellington was rated positively by about 9 in 10 residents, which was comparable to jurisdictions across the nation as well as to similar communities in Florida. This rating was also consistent with the 2021 survey iteration. About 9 in 10 individuals indicated that it was essential or very important for the Wellington community to focus on the overall feeling of safety in the coming two years. Specific aspects of safety in Wellington were highly regarded, with 87%of survey respondents rating the Village's emergency preparedness as excellent or good; this assessment was higher than the national average. Many safety-related services in Wellington were rated on par with the national benchmarks, including fire services (97% excellent or good), ambulance or emergency medical services (95%), police/Sheriff services (89%), fire prevention and education (85%), animal control (84%), and crime prevention (81%). Residents' feelings of safety from property crime decreased from85%in 2021 to 75%in 2023 but remained comparable to the national average. The feeling among community members of safety from violent crime as well as from fire, flood, or other natural disasters held steady with the 2021 evaluations and were reflective of the national benchmarks, at 85%and86%, respectively. Survey participants' feelings of safety in their neighborhood during the day (97%) and in Wellington's downtown/commercial area during the day (92%) are also holding steady to the previous survey.
- A strong economy is another feature that makes Wellington a desirable community.
Survey respondents rated Wellington’s overall economic health higher in comparison to both the national benchmark as well as other similar communities in Florida, with 93% of community members giving a score of excellent or good. The economy is also important to residents, as evidenced by 93% of participants stating it was essential or very important for the Village of Wellington to focus on the overall economic health in the coming two years. Survey participants also rated the shopping opportunities and Wellington as a place to work higher than the national average, receiving 66% and 75%positive reviews, respectively. While some aspects of Wellington's economy received assessments comparable to the national benchmark, they decreased since the 2021 iteration of the survey. For example, individuals' ratings of the cost of living in Wellington dropped from 48%in 2021 to 27% in 2023, though it still ranked on par with the nation. When asked what impact, if any, they think the economy will have on their family income in the next 6 months, 24%ol Wellington residents responded very or somewhat positively, which, while reflective of the national standard, was a decrease from the 32% positive response in 2021. The overall quality of business and service establishments in the Village was rated 82% positive; this remained steady with the 2021 assessment, and was similar to other jurisdictions across the country, as were community members' ratings of Wellington as a place to live (76% positive).
- Residents are pleased with the overall design of Wellington and emphasize its importance.
The overall design or layout of residential and commercial areas was rated higher than the national average and higher than comparable communities in Florida, with 8 in 10 survey participants rating it as excellent or good. Many aspects of Wellington’s community design were evaluated higher than in other communities across the nation and remained steady with the 2021 assessments, including well-designed neighborhoods (83%excellent or good), well-planned residential growth (63%), and well-planned commercial growth (61%). The overall appearance of Wellington was also rated higher than the national average, with 9 in 10 residents rating it positively. While individuals' opinions on land use, planning, and zoning decreased from 74% in 2021 to 57% in 2023, it held steady with the national average and was higher than the valuation in other similar Florida communities. Multiple aspects of community design in Wellington decreased significantly in ratings from 2021to 2023, including the variety of housing options (an 18% decrease), the availability of affordable quality housing (·%16), and the overall quality of new development (·12%), these are all still consistent with the national benchmark. The quality of code enforcement was a highlight among residents, with 7 in 10 survey respondents rating it positively; this was higher than the national average and in comparison to similar Florida communities. Considering that nearly 9 in 10 community members rated the overall design or layout of residential and commercial areas as essential or very important, the highly positive ratings from residents within this facet are especially meaningful.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Having an active and engaged community ensures Wellington remains a Great Hometown. For a detailed look at the survey results, visit Wellington's NCS Report webpage.