Town of Duck’s Future Vision
In September 2012, after gathering information from over 500 survey responses of residents, property owners, businesses and visitors, the Town Council and staff held an intense, multi-day visionary session with consultant Tyler St. Clair. The session resulted in its development of Duck’s 2022 Vision, including six unifying principles. The 2022 Vision and the six unifying principles are shown below.
The 2022 Vision
In 2022, the Town of Duck, North Carolina, is a thriving coastal community. We respect and value our delicate, yet dynamic barrier island environment — clean waters and beaches, maritime forests, wetlands, and dunescapes. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to neighborhoods that reflect our small town atmosphere. Our village is a source of pride, offering diverse experiences by way of a cohesive and eclectic mix of independent businesses, shops, and restaurants. At the hub of our community is the Town Hall and Park, where we interact, share ideas, and build connections. Duck’s vitality, founded on grassroots engagement, encourages meaningful participation from all of its stakeholders. Long-term financial stability, sustainable services, measured growth and a focus on quality of life distinguish Duck as an attractive destination for everyone.
The Six Unifying Principles
Duck is a community that expresses its beliefs in certain unifying principles:
Duck and Our Village
Duck is a pedestrian first community that is safe and easy to navigate by walking and cycling. Our multi-use trail, soundside boardwalk and beach trail provide a variety of ways to explore and discover Duck. Collaboration with various organizations enables us to optimize our traffic flow in our unique seasonal environment.
There is a conscious respect for Duck’s fragile and extraordinary environment. We protect and preserve opportunities for our residents and visitors to enjoy our ocean, sound, and natural coastal habitats. We value our pristine, safe, uninterrupted beaches, which are our most valuable asset. We promote strategies to increase environmental awareness and sustainability.
Active, Engaged Community
Duck is built on participation. We are an inclusive community that welcomes and embraces the diversity, talents, and expertise of all of our stakeholders. Pride and ownership is felt by all who live, work, and visit here. People feel connected by a shared motivation to preserve the unique nature of this special place.
Vibrant, Thriving Business Community
The business community plays an important role in creating the Duck experience. A high level of collaboration and coordination ensures that we have a vibrant village where each and every individual can enjoy the arts, nature, music, shopping, and dining unique to Duck.
Responsive and Responsible Leadership
Duck maintains a responsive and responsible government. Council, staff, and the community work together to offer high quality services intended to add value to the entire Town. We have an educated, experienced and motivated staff empowered to execute the Town’s objectives. Continuity of leadership preserves our established values and vision.
Three to Five Year Goals
(1) Explore and implement a more effective outreach program to the business community
- Convene a meeting to encourage the creation of an independent and active merchants association that will result in their participation in improving the Town
- Partner and support as appropriate
(2) Complete study of comprehensive pedestrian plan and implement solutions that ease congestion and increase safety
- Address human resources, infrastructure, fund balance, revenues, and future circumstances
- Develop a fiscal plan that sets a tax rate designed to reasonably fund projects and services and reflects the desire for flat/slow tax growth
- Work to get the most value for our tax dollars and communicate these decisions to all stakeholders
(6) Complete southern extension of soundside boardwalk as approved and analyzed feasibly of a northern extension
(7) Continue to implement strategies designed to engage the stakeholders of the Town
- Foster community participation with ongoing events
- Maintain high level of communication and inclusion
- Solicit feedback on specific topics; consider whether regular survey would be useful
(8) Design and construct a living shoreline erosion project to protect the park
(9) Develop a long term plan for the renovation or reconstruction of the public safety building
(10) Continue to advocate for traffic improvements including the construction of the Mid-Currituck Bridge, opposition to the widening of NC12, evaluation and implementation of stormwater improvements, and evaluation of public parking alternatives
A Graphic History of Duck
As a part of the visioning process, the council, staff, and audience members worked with the consultant to develop a graphic history of Duck presented below. This graphic history is designed to illustrate key events, people, moments, and other items that have been particularly important in developing the identity of the Town of Duck.
Click on the image below to enlarge and to view the three slides: