City Seeks Input On Master Plan

News release from Mayor Joe Ganim:

Mayor Joe Ganim announced today that the City of Bridgeport will be seeking community input to create a new Master Plan of Conservation and Development that will guide City policy related to building and economic development over the next 10 years. The Master Plan will be created with extensive input from the community, identifying the most pressing issues of today and the next decade, and proposing policies to address those issues and achieve a communal vision of how Bridgeport should grow, evolve, and change over time.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Bridgeport residents to take ownership of the Master Plan for their own community,” said Mayor Joe Ganim. “The Master Plan will serve as the framework for growth and development for the next decade. We want to hear directly from individuals who live, work or play in Bridgeport because the policies derived from this document will impact them.”

A six-month effort will be dedicated to update the City’s current Master Plan of Conservation and Development created in 2008, Bridgeport 2020: A Vision for the Future. The updated document will strive to merge equity, environmental integrity and the health of the community with economic goals of growth and future development.

The City has contracted with the Hartford-based consulting firm Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI) to assist in updating the Master Plan, and to undertake a robust public outreach campaign.

Bridgeport City Planning Director Lynn Haig said, “FHI set itself apart in the City’s selection process by demonstrating an understanding of the importance of obtaining genuine input from community members and creating an inclusive plan that accounts for the diverse aspirations of all Bridgeport’s residents.”

FHI Principal and Vice President Ken Livingston said, “This is an exciting time for Bridgeport. At FHI we’ve been impressed by the City’s commitment to involving the public in shaping Bridgeport’s future, and look forward to assisting in its equitable, sustainable, and resilient development.”

Project tasks will include engaging the public in conversations on such topics as public health, community resiliency, economic development, and equitable growth; and developing clear, achievable priorities and action items based upon that community dialogue. A broad group of community representatives is advising the project team and supporting public outreach efforts. The City will host public meetings and appear at various community events throughout the duration of the planning process and encourages all to participate.

For more information about the Plan of Conservation and Development update, including participation opportunities and meeting schedules, visit



  1. i agree.concession stand has always been horrible there. Fix the Congress bridge…knock down the greens apartments or keep them for the elders.Get a walmart in BPT. plus a few aldi’s…..How about doubling the size of the only zoo in the state and really make it a destination spot.

  2. Compared to what? City Seeks Input On Master Plan but what’s in the current City’s Master Plan? Why reinvent the wheel, are there items in current Master Plan that are still good but they have never been put into place?

  3. I agree with you Ron why ask for new ? Jobs are needed and so are venues that all can enjoy not just a select few. Not everyone has a boat, enjoys fishing or the bar scene.

    Something should have been done to Seaside Park years ago not just rearrange the road. A restaurant would be a good start. There was talk of one by the new bathouse. Once again it was only talk.

    The city needs something for everyone.

  4. By industry we thrive is city motto. Of course that was when Bridgeport was a manufacture giant. Those days are gone like the door Doo bird. The new motto should be what now?

    The grand master plan must include a way to reduce taxes. This means attracting business that is willing to pay taxes. Have those who owe taxes pay them, this means everyone.

    Fix the school system as it is now it can’t seem to organize a box of crayons. This won’t do if want to attract new families and keep the ones you have left.

    Reducing crime that is not as easy as hiring more cops. All you are doing is replacing the cops who have retired.

    So much for cops walking a neighborhood on a regular basis. If there were more jobs there may be less crime.

    Between the reputation of the city and it’s current condition it’s difficult to find the magic combination that can turn the city around that will make everyone happy.


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