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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), conducted 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 first evaluated existing conditions and then presented findings to the public to gather input through multiple outlets. The project team then crafted 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.

WorkshopS and Feedback

Three-Week Comment Period: Draft Urban Design Standards & Guidelines and Zoning Review

April 7, 2022 - May 2, 2022

Thank you to everyone who attended! We look forward to your questions, comments, and ideas on the draft Design Standards & Guidelines and Zoning. Please use the  Comment Form or email us at

The April 7 Workshop presentation recording and public forum recording can be viewed below. The presentation can be downloaded here.

We are excited to present the draft Design Standards and Guidelines and a summary of draft zoning changes. The final draft zoning will be available soon. These two documents will help shape future developments so we can achieve the goals we created together in previous workshops.

April 7, 2022 Workshop Recording: Presentation and Forum

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We Are Back Recap and Brochure NBTOD
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