Town of Bethlehem Comprehensive Plan
Town of Bethlehem Comprehensive Plan
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The Town of Bethlehem is updating its Comprehensive Plan to help guide the future of our community. Bethlehem Forward will establish a shared vision for the future and an action plan to achieve it. It will inform the community’s future land use, development, policy, programs, and infrastructure decisions.
A plan like this is only created about every 15 years, so take advantage of this unique opportunity and make sure your voice is heard!
REVISED GOALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
As the CPUC discusses feedback from residents gathered at the November 18 public meeting and from comments submitted over the holidays, the project team has been making changes to reflect the ongoing discussions. You can find the revisions to draft goals and recommendations below:
DRAFT FUTURE LAND USE MAP
The draft future land use map is intended to serve as a land use guide towards achieving the community vision. The land use map is based on CPUC workshop meetings in July/August 2021 including public comments received during CPUC meetings and public meetings.
PUBLIC MEETING - NOVEMBER 18
Thank you to all who attended the November 18 meeting! We had close to 90 attendees and great discussion of the draft goals and recommendations. If you couldn't attend the meeting or have additional thoughts you'd like to share, please complete this comment form and send to [email protected] or drop it off at the Economic Development and Planning Department window at Town Hall (2nd Floor). You can also send us an email if you prefer.
Below are the revised draft Goals and Recommendations that were presented at the meeting:
DRAFT GOALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE WORKS
Following the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee’s work over the summer on draft goals and their review of predominant land uses across the town, the committee is currently discussing draft recommendations for specific ways that Bethlehem can achieve each of the draft goals. The draft recommendations and their associated goals are grouped into separate documents according to the 5 guiding principles. These draft documents will be linked below when they become available:
Attending the CPUC meetings in-person provides the best experience and greatest opportunity for providing comments to the Committee, but if you can't join us at the EMS Building, you can listen to the discussion via Zoom. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register for the meeting via the meetings tab (above) or the Town Comprehensive Plan Update Committee webpage. As always, recordings of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee meetings can be watched via the Town's meeting portal. Just be sure to select Comprehensive Plan Update Committee from the drop down list at the top of the page.
To create the right set of goals and recommended actions to reach the vision for Bethlehem, we need to understand the current conditions and trends, what resources are at our disposal, and what challenges we face in the years ahead. The Bethlehem Today video presentation is a thorough overview of the Bethlehem’s natural environments and farmland areas, trends in population growth and demographics, traffic and transportation issues, sustainability efforts, housing patterns, economic development progress, and more.
(Direct link to video here: https://www.facebook.com/BethlehemForward/videos/481880842990970)
Many of the full documents, plans, and maps that were reviewed to prepare the "Bethlehem Today" video can be found in the "Documents" section below and to the right on this page.
Questions? Email us at [email protected]!
NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITY SURVEY
Over 1,750 people took the Needs and Opportunities Survey! The Survey Summary can be reviewed in the "Documents" section below and to the right on this page. These valuable survey responses will help guide the visioning and planning process throughout the Bethlehem Forward Comprehensive Plan Update project. Thank you! A second survey is planned for Fall 2021. And remember, you can always submit your comments to the Bethlehem Forward project team anytime in the comments section below! "Your town - your voice!"