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CITY OF BETHLEHEM COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
August 10, 2009
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
Bethlehem's new comprehensive plan charts a course for the future. The plan describes how Bethlehem should continue developing over the next decade. The plan also highlights what should not change - those community features the City should strive to preserve.
A Timely Update
Bethlehem last updated its citywide comprehensive plan in
1991. At that time, Bethlehem Steel was the City's largest
employer and landowner. Since Bethlehem Steel closed in 1998,
the City has attracted millions of dollars of commercial and
residential development. Bethlehem was a recent Money Magazine
choice for one of America's most livable cities. Today, the
former Bethlehem Steel site is home to a prosperous business
park with construction underway or planned for a variety of
other uses. Numerous adaptive reuse projects have brought
new life to both the City's North Side and South Side downtown
business areas. New housing, new cultural attractions and
of the City's major educational institutions continue to reshape Bethlehem.
The next steps in Bethlehem's growth promise to attract more new people and new investment to Bethlehem. The City looks to its updated comprehensive plan to help guide this ongoing renaissance.
Building On Recent Plans
This comprehensive plan is citywide in scope. It tackles a variety of subjects and ties together several recent plans the City prepared about different topics and different parts of the City:
Comprehensive Plan - August 2009