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.


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:

​Display Boards for All Principles

Livable Built Environment (11/15/21 draft)

Harmony with Nature (11/15/21 draft)

Resilient Economy (11/15/21 draft)

Healthy Community (11/15/21 draft)

Responsible Governance and Regionalism (11/15/21 draft)



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:


Livable Built Environment – discussed at the 9/14 and 9/30 CPUC meetings

Harmony with Nature – discussed at the 9/30 and 10/12 CPUC meetings

Resilient Economy  discussed at the 10/28 CPUC meeting

Healthy Community  discussed at the 10/28 CPUC meeting

Responsible Governance and Regionalism  to be discussed at the 11/9 meeting


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]


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2035 Community Vision
We are actively working on a community vision statement to guide us towards what Bethlehem will look like in 2035. If you attended the public meeting on March 23rd (or watch the recording) and have comments you would like to share on the value statements, vision, or topics discussed, please comment below. You can also email us at [email protected]


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!"

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We want to hear your thoughts! Tell us what you see as the biggest issues and opportunities facing the Town in the next 15 years and what should be done about it.




Ag Business Focus Group_032921.pdf Bethlehem Demographic and Growth Analysis 1991-2018.pdf Bethlehem Forward Draft Goals and Recs Comment Form.pdf Bethlehem Forward Principles Boards 8.5x11_FNL Corrected.pdf Bethlehem Forward Principles Boards 8.5x11_FNL.pdf Bethlehem Today Community Profile-Existing Supportive Plans.pdf Combined Draft Land Use Map Descriptions CPUC 2021--12-13 for Dec CPUC Meeting.pdf Combined Draft Land Use Map Descriptions CPUC 2022--01-10 for Jan CPUC Meeting 1.pdf Community Forum Summary.pdf CPUC Meeting 10-28-2021 Discussion Notes Final.pdf CPUC Meeting 11-09-2021 Discussion Notes Final.pdf December 8 Public Meeting #1 Summary.pdf Harmony with Nature Public Meeting Draft 2021--11-15 WEB.pdf Harmony With Nature Working Document 2021--09-24Rev1-CPUC 9-30WEB.pdf Healthy Community Public Meeting Draft 2021--11-15 WEB.pdf Healthy Community Working Document 2021--10-22 CPUC 10-28WEB.pdf Housing Presentation to CPUC 2021--06-08.pdf Livable Built Environment Public Meeting Draft 2021--11-15 WEB.pdf Livable Built Environment Working Document 2021--09-10-CPUC 9-14WEB.pdf Memo to CPUC Community Profile Housing 2021--06-09.pdf Public Meeting #2 Presentation.pdf Resilient Economy Public Meeting Draft 2021--11-15 WEB.pdf Resilient Economy Working Document 2021--10-08 CPUC 10-28WEB.pdf Responsible Governance Regionalism 2021-11-05 CPUC 11-09WEB.pdf Responsible Governance Regionalism Public Meeting Draft 2021--11-15 WEB.pdf Survey #1 Summary Final_Bethlehem Forward_Feb2021.pdf Value Statements Updated 2021--05-11Rev3.pdf Value Statements.pdf Vision Statement 2035 Updated 2021--05-07.pdf