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Posted on: October 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Join the Conversation on 'Be Heard Bedford'

Top of the large silver windmill at Old Bedford School with the words "Be Heard Bedford"

It’s not too late to join the conversation about Bedford’s future! This is your chance to tell us what makes a community a place you want to live, spend time in, and visit. By answering discussion questions and taking surveys, residents can voice their opinions and be a part of a very important process that will help shape Bedford’s future – updating the City’s Master Plan. 
What is a Master Plan and Why Should You Care?
While it may sound boring, a Master Plan is a very important document. It is a city's official guide for making decisions about future growth and redevelopment. While Bedford is largely built-out, there are still many opportunities to create destinations and places people want to experience. 
Master Plans include goals, objectives, policies, strategies, programs, and projects that will enable the city to achieve its mission of focusing on the future, working together to build strong neighborhoods, developing a sound economy, and providing a safe community.
Doesn't Bedford Have a Master Plan?
The Master Plan should be updated regularly as communities change. It has been over a decade since Bedford has updated its Master Plan; and, given the changes in our community and how the world has changed in recent years, now is the perfect time to look at our community and prepare for the future.
Join the Conversation
The City has created a special website called “Be Heard Bedford” designed to gather residents’ opinions on various topics such as how to improve neighborhoods, important issues Bedford is facing, and what makes shopping/restaurant developments attractive. 
Be Heard Bedford also has more information about the project, a timeline, important documents and maps, upcoming meeting dates, staff contact information, and more. Most recently, City staff has posted Visual Preference Survey to determine what type of homes, businesses, and streets residents like the look of and would like to see in Bedford, if possible.
While everyone can view the Be Heard Bedford website, users must register to participate in the discussion and provide their ideas and opinions. To get started and be a part of Bedford’s future, please visit

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