|Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is a Master Plan?
A. A Master Plan tells a community what it looks like today and in what direction it has decided it wants to move in for the foreseeable 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 reinforces the important sustainability, 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 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, previous Master Plans and reports on Rt. 101 will be considered as part of this planning process. 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 blueprint or policy framework for land use regulations, which implement the plan.
Chapter 674, Sections 1 – 4 of the NH Statutes govern the contents and process for preparation of a master plan. See http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-LXIV-674.htm.
Q2. How can Bedford make use of its Master Plan?
A. The purpose of the master plan is to enable municipal officials to better manage change and to inform residents and businesses about the community's characteristics, trends, and policies. The plan will guide and regulate future residential, commercial and industrial growth in the Bedford community.
Q3. What does a Master Plan contain?
A. The plan contains the following sections:
Q4. What does the Bedford master planning process look like?
- Vision Statements. They are contained also in the Vision Statement document in the Master Plan sections listed below.
- Goals and Policies Statement
- Land Use
- Housing and Population
- Economic Development
- Open Space and Recreation
- Natural Resources/Open Space Conservation and Preservation
- Natural Hazards
- Community Design
- Recreation and Cultural Resources
- Community Facilities
- Implementation Plan. This final section establishes priorities, responsible parties, schedules, and notes funding sources for the specific actions necessary to achieve the objectives of each element above.
A. . The master planning process typically contains four key tasks.
Q5. How will people in the community participate and learn what is going on during the master planning process?
- Task 1 includes public participation and outreach through public forums, the media and the website. Meetings with stakeholder groups will also be conducted.
- Task 2 consists of data collection and analysis and is the planning phase that determines the content of the plan for all elements.
- Task 3 is when the draft plan is produced for public review and comment, and includes implementation actions.
- Task 4 is the time for final review, documentation, and adoption of the plan by the Master Plan Committee.
A. All planning meetings are open to the public. Specific meetings will be advertised to solicit and encourage community participation. A variety of means will be used to keep people informed, for example, newspaper, cable TV, newsletters, and a project web site. If you ever want to know what is happening, contact the Planning Office at Town Hall, or visit the master plan website.