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Long-Term Planning Initiatives

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The Planning Department is responsible for leading and managing a number of strategic and long-term planning initiatives. Below is a brief summary of current strategic and long-term planning initiatives that are being undertaken by the Town. For more information on these projects, please click on the links provided:


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Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan

In 2013, the Town of Bridgewater completed a Comprehensive Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan process with Ekistics Planning & Design, resulting in a number of proposed strategic projects in Bridgewater's downtown core. The Master Plan outlines a series of recommended public infrastructure improvements intended to make the downtown more successful and vibrant. The Master Plan also includes recommendations on downtown programming and planning policy.

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Planning Review (2010-2014)

Between 2010 - 2014, the Town of Bridgewater undertook a comprehensive review of its statutory planning documents in an effort to establish a new, strategic land use planning direction for Bridgewater, which will help to ensure the responsible use and development of land for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. On December 24, 2014, the Town's new Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use B-law and Subdivision By-law came into effect.

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In 2010, the Town of Bridgewater completed its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), which sets a long-term vision for Bridgewater as a "sustainable community", and outlines the goals, strategies, and actions that our community can take to achieve it. The ICSP's 6 key topic areas are energy, food, transportation, the economy, municipal infrastructure, and education for sustainability.

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Climate Change

In 2014, the Town of Bridgewater completed its Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP). Through consultations with experts and partner organizations, the plan identifies nine significant climate change concerns facing the community of Bridgewater in the coming decades. The Plan establishes a set of strategies and actions that can be taken by the Town to address both adaptation (responding to a changing climate), as well as mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions).

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Active Transportation

In 2008, the Town of Bridgewater completed an Active Transportation & Connectivity Plan process with Terrain Group. The Plan identifies opportunities for retrofitting Bridgewater's transportation network and other public infrastructure to be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. In addition to the ongoing implementation of this Plan, the Town's is also committed to promoting active transportation through several programs, including School Travel Planning and the Annual AT Leadership Awards program.

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Built Heritage

Bridgewater boasts a great variety of architectural styles and features, which are generally not noticeable at first glance. Its merchants, entrepreneurs, and professionals created many homes of magnificent construction and craftsmanship. Bridgewater is making strides to better preserve these buildings so that they can be appreciated by future generations, through updated architectural controls for buildings in and near the downtown, and through the Town's growing registry of locally significant heritage properties.

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