Belleville wraps up city's comprehensive plan revision

News-DemocratApril 6, 2014 

— Residents have one more chance Tuesday to participate in a hands-on workshop about the city of Belleville's comprehensive plan.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Abbey, a restaurant and coffee shop, at 5801 W. Main St. in Belleville.

Attendees will learn about ideas gathered so far on how the city should grow in the next 20 years and have the opportunity to give feedback.

This workshop will help officials prioritize how the ideas are implemented.

The city has worked with Kendig Keast Collaborative since last summer to identify the city's goals for growth in a plan titled, "Envision Belleville 2035."

The plan has information on the city's infrastructure, neighborhoods, traffic count and economy, among other aspects. The plan also includes assessments of the city's growth capacity and development patterns.

A draft of the comprehensive plan is available on the city's website, www.belleville.net, under the Economic Development, Planning and Zoning Department's tab.

Residents can look at a large map of the city's future land use at City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information and to participate in the planning process, visit www.imaginebelleville.com.

This website is a way for the public to share what they would like to see in the community.

For instance, the main question on the site is currently, "What types of shopping centers are compatible with our character and would attract users from across the region?" Participants can choose one of four answers, such as big box shopping center or shopping village.

City leaders -- including City Council, Planning Commission and Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee members -- will have a joint public meeting about the plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Jubilee Room at Fischer's Restaurant, 2100 W. Main St.

The city likely will adopt the new plan in June.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 618-239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BNDJLee.

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