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Bedford City Council Adopts Plan July 27, 2010

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The comprehensive planning process in Bedford has been completed. Following the public hearing held on June 22nd, a few changes were made to the Community Facilities, Utilities, and Land Use Chapters. After the changes of the plan were discussed, the Bedford City Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan on July 13, 2010. The adopted 2040 Comprehensive Plan can be found below.

Click here to download: 2040 Bedford Comprehensive Plan Final


Public Hearing for Bedford Comprehensive Plan June 9, 2010

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The public hearing for the Bedford Comprehensive Plan has been scheduled for June 22nd at 4:00 p.m. at the Oakland City University building located at 405  “I” Street.  Please join us for a brief presentation summarizing the plan.  Following the presentation, the community will have an opportunity to comment on the draft plan.

1st Draft of 2040 Bedford Comprehesive Plan May 19, 2010

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The Comprehensive Planning process is nearing completion.  The 2040 Bedford Comprehensive Plan Draft is available for public viewing following the link below.  Copies of the Comprehensive Plan will also be available for viewing at the Bedford Public Library and City Hall after Friday, May 21st.  We strongly encourage you to take some time to review the document and submit your comments and suggestions through this website.   Written comments and suggestions will also be accepted at the Bedford Planning Department Office.

Click here to download:  2040 Bedford Comprehensive Plan 1st Draft

This file is 11KB and may take time to download.

The Second Visioning Workshop May 19, 2010

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The second visioning workshop was held on February 10th, 2010 at the Oakland City University Campus in Bedford. Over 80 residents assisted planners from Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates in prioritizing the Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities that were developed in the first visioning workshop held in January.  Through this process, the following visioning statement was created:

“A small town with a strong sense of community, the City of Bedford offers excellent city services; a safe environment to live, work and play; a low-cost of living and is geographically situated in close proximity to larger metropolitan areas, such as Bloomington, Indianapolis and Louisville.  With a strong commitment to its core vision, “United in hometown values & committed to growth for future generations,” Bedford will capitalize on its strengths while focusing on promoting healthier lifestyle opportunities for all ages, promoting economic development opportunities provided by Crane NSWC and the new interstate and revitalizing the downtown to showcase the unique heritage and character of the community.”

The visioning workshops served a second purpose.  Results of the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) guided planners in creating Goals and Objectives that would fulfill the future needs of Bedford.  The Goals and Objectives that were created will also be the driving force behind the recommendations found in the 2040 Bedford Comprehensive Plan.

The next step of the comprehensive planning process is the mayor appointed steering committee meetings.  The steering committee will meet for three all-day meetings which will allow them to expand on the Goals and Objectives developed during the visioning workshops.  Following the series of steering committee meetings, a draft comprehensive plan will be available for public viewing.  The draft comprehensive plan release date has yet to be determined.

An Invitation from Mayor Shawna Girgis: Planning for the Future February 2, 2010

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February 1, 2010


Shawna Girgis, Mayor

City of Bedford

(812) 279-6555 –  office


On January 11th the City of Bedford held its first comprehensive planning session.  This marked the beginning of an endeavor that will continue over the next 6 months.  The end result of this effort will be the development of a Comprehensive Plan that will be used as a guide for the City of Bedford for years to come. 

The first planning session garnered overwhelming attendance that left the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce conference room with standing room only.  Given the high turnout and the desire to comfortably include as many participants as possible the second comprehensive planning session will be held at Oakland City University’s Bedford campus. 

Once again I am reaching out to you for your help and asking those with a sincere interest in the future of our city to participate in the final community visioning workshop.  The final session will be held on Wednesday, February 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Oakland City University Bedford campus located at 405 I Street. 

Funding for this project has been provided by a competitive grant through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, which is under the direction of Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman. 

If you have questions regarding this planning effort, please contact Debbie Andry at dandry@bedford.in.us or by phone at 279-6555.

January 22, 2010

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On January 11th, 2010, the City of Bedford kicked off the first step in the comprehensive planning process by hosting the first of two public visioning workshops.  Over 75 citizens worked together to identify Bedford’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.   The following is an excerpt of what ideas were identified:

Strengths of the City-

  • Natural resources
  • Education
  • Low crime rate
  • Strong sense of community

Weaknesses of the City-

  • High percentage of poverty
  • Lack of diverse employment opportunities
  • Poor public image

Opportunities created by strengths to address the City’s weaknesses-

  • Develop a “business incubator” to support/mentor new businesses during the startup process to induce the creation of more local jobs.
  • Tap into the Rails to Trails Program or the Safe Routes to School Program to create more sidewalks and trails for the city

Threats that may prevent projects and ideas to be implemented-

  • Lack of funding
  • Lack of accountability
  • Resistance to change

With the phenomenal turnout of the first workshop, Mayor Girgis has high hopes to have another great turnout at the Second Public Visioning Workshop which will be held February 10th, at the Oakland City University Bedford Campus (located at 405 “I” Street) between 1:00 and 3:00pm.  The second workshop will be the final step in defining the Future Vision of Bedford.

Welcome! November 20, 2009

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Welcome to the public information and outeach site for the City of Bedford, Indiana Comprehensive Plan and Visioning effort. Over the next few months, this site will be the place to find reports to download, surveys to take, and a direct communication link to the project team.

Check back soon for more information!