Great Road Zoning Project

The Great Road Zoning Project 2016-2018

This project is being overseen by the Planning Board and led by consultant RKG Associates. They will conduct a comprehensive review and re-write of zoning for Bedford’s main business corridor along The Great Road, including the intersection of North and Carlisle Roads. The focus is on business uses (including retail, personal and professional services, restaurants, banks, gas stations and others), which are currently mainly covered by the Limited Business and General Business zoning districts. The project may also revisit the two Mixed Use Overlay Districts in the area and examine other regulations that are closely related to zoning.

The Limited and General Business zones (‘base zoning’) have been in place for several decades and some aspects have been questioned in recent years. A limited adjustment to the rules on unit sizes was made in 2016 but the town’s consensus was that a broader review would be beneficial. The Zoning Project was authorized with an appropriation of funding at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. Zoning is an important tool by which the town can influence development and help to achieve the vision set out in the Comprehensive Plan.

The 18 month process will also be assisted by Planning staff and a broad working group. There will be many opportunities for public input and discussion, beginning with a visioning session to develop and capture ideas for the types of land use, built form and supporting elements people want to see in various parts of the corridor. The consultants will also collect and analyze data and interview a range of stakeholders (interest groups, property owners etc.) who are affected by the zoning.  The intention is that the project will culminate in zoning amendment recommendations to Annual Town Meeting in 2018. For more information on the scope, geographic area, process and timeline, as well as a summary of background documents, points raised in the initial interviews, and materials used in the first public forum, please see the presentation dated March 4, 2017.              

To view slideshows of the main business areas click here

To view Zoning Diagnostic produced by consultant, dated June 6, 2017 click here.

To view first draft of new Zoning, dated October 9, 2017, click here.

To view materials from 2nd public forum on December 2, 2017, click here.

To view latest draft of new zoning, for public hearing on January 23, 2018 click here.

To view 4th draft of new zoning, for public hearing on February 6, 2018 click here.

To view Final Draft of new zoning heading to Annual Town Meeting  click here.

To view Summary Presentations in preparation of Annual Town Meeting click here.

To view Annual Town Meeting GRZP presentation click here

To view updated Annual Town Meeting GRZP presentation click here.