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New Bedford Transit-Oriented Development (NBTOD) Study

Welcome to the New Bedford TOD Study Page

The New Bedford Department of City Planning, with assistance from the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD), is conducting a study of existing and future conditions for the areas surrounding the North New Bedford (Church Street) and New Bedford (Whales Tooth) platforms. The project team will first evaluate existing conditions and then present findings to the public to gather input through multiple outlets. The project team will then craft recommendations to shape the neighborhoods surrounding the future platforms.

What is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)?

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation.


The plan isn’t done, and we still need your feedback! We are excited to present the draft Design Standards and Guidelines and draft zoning. These two documents will help shape future developments so we can achieve the goals we created together in previous workshops.

We will be releasing the draft documents in the week prior to the meeting for your review. The meeting date is still to-be-determined.

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Call (508)-293-1280 and leave a message.

Draft Design Guidelines & Standards and Zoning Feedback Form

After we post these Draft Documents, we would like to hear your suggestions to improve them.

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Orange dashed lines indicate the study area for each platform location.

Document Library


Draft Design Standards & Guidelines (November, 2021)

  • Will be released prior to November 2021 workshop.

Draft Zoning Language (November, 2021)

  • Will be released prior to November 2021 workshop.

Phase 2A Summary Report (November, 2020)

Phase 1: Existing Conditions


Open House (January 14, 2020)

Future Conditions Workshop (October 17, October 21, 2020)