2010 Master Plan - Bedford, New Hampshire
» 9/20/10 Public Meeting Presentation Posted

Adobe PDF fileClick here to view the 9/20/10 Master Plan Update presentation to the Planning Board and Town Council (Adobe PDF, 6.5 MB)

Master Plan Contact:
Rick Sawyer, AICP - Planning Director
Email: rsawyer@bedfordnh.org
Master Plan Project

This Website has been developed for the residents of the Town of Bedford and others interested in the development and implementation of Bedford’s Master Plan. Use the links above to get more detailed information about the Plan and its development process.

Final 2010 Master Plan Documents Posted

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What is a Community Master Plan?

A Community Master Plan:

  • tells a community what it looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go for the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires
  • is a policy guide and provides a framework for the physical development of the municipality. While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social and economic values of the community. The master plan is a method of translating the community's values into specific actions
  • covers a time frame of about 10-20 years; it is assumed that shorter-term reviews will keep it current with the changing needs of the community
  • is closely integrated with other municipal planning documents and initiatives, for example in Bedford the plans and reports prepared for Rt. 101 and Rt. 3.
The Master Plan is NOT a zoning ordinance, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to be the basis for the preparation of these elements. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

How is Bedford building its Master Plan?

  • Funding
  • Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Public outreach and meetings
  • Data collection and analysis that will ultimately be rolled into the Master Plan document
  • New implementation plan
Information and data are gathered from the other prior planning studies, while current views and opinions are being collected through community events where residents are invited to provide inputs. Other sources include data provided from state census data, and mapping data provided by one of the consulting teams. See the Master Plan Process for more information.

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