The Town of Bedford was awarded a $30,000 Community Planning Grant from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (New Hampshire HFA) to complete a Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity Master Plan.
During the 2010 Master Plan process, the Town conducted a series of public outreach sessions and a town wide telephone survey and the most often stated item that residents felt would improve their environment would be the development of sidewalks, trails and bicycle ways.
The Town, in this Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity Master Plan, seeks to identify a long-range plan for all pedestrian and bicycle routes, to develop a priority implementation schedule, and to recommend changes to the Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Control Regulations to require the installation of these features during development and redevelopment projects.
A Committee made up of representatives from the Planning Board, Town Council, Conservation Commission, Town Citizens and Town Staff has been charged with guiding this project by:
Conducting community outreach
Overseeing the development of a prioritized sidewalk and trail development plan
Providing input into the proposal of regulation changes and Zoning Ordinance amendments to be considered by the Planning Board and by citizens at Town Meeting
Through a competitive hiring process, based on a review of Statements of Qualification (SOQ) submitted by qualified planning consultants, and based on consultant interviews, the Town selected Jeffrey H. Taylor and Associates, Inc. as its project consultant.