Citywide Comprehensive Plan

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What is the Citywide Comprehensive Plan?

The Citywide Comprehensive Plan is a community-driven set of goals and an action plan for the next decade. Over the next year, the citywide planning process will engage the community in a range of topics including Land Use, Housing, Economic Development, Transportation & Mobility, Natural and Cultural Resources, Open Space & Recreation, Services & Facilities

As a result of this process, the Comprehensive Plan will articulate a shared vision for a stronger, more equitable, and resilient New Bedford. Moreover, the resulting document will provide an actionable implementation framework, which includes policies and practices for creating a healthier community, maintaining a clean, sustainable environment, providing housing to a range of incomes, increasing opportunities for use of open space, improving transportation access, and offering quality public facilities.

Why now?

The development and update of the Plan is required by the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through M.G.L. c. 41, §81D. New Bedford’s most recent master plan expired in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its update.

A post COVID- 19 master planning process provides a unique opportunity to reassess the city’s goals and priorities and offers insight to shift how we think and plan for infrastructure, housing security, equitable transportation and how we use and value our open spaces and natural and cultural resources. Preparing sustainable plans and policies to withstand economic, natural and health related adversities is critical as we realize that community planning has local, regional, and even global impacts.

we want to hear from you!

We need your help to shape the plan! There will be multiple opportunities to engage throughout the year-long planning process. Information on upcoming events or other ways to engage will be posted here – so check back often!

Fill out a feedback form and share your ideas (link).

Join us for the following Comprehensive Plan events:
Event Date Location Details
AHA! Night Pop-Up Thursday
Sept. 8, 2022
Custom House Square Share your vision for New Bedford and
learn more about the Comprehensive Plan process.
Starts at 5 P.M.
For more information, visit our project page: