Comprehensive Plan

What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is the most important planning document that a City can adopt.  It not only guides the development of policy, but it also provides insight into the future of a community for potential investors, including residents and business owners.  

In June of 2013, the City of Belleville hired Kendig Keast Collaborative to update its comprehensive plan.  The last comprehensive plan had been completed in 2000, with a 15-20 year outlook.  Because the City had completed many of the goals set forth in that plan, and because of the dramatic economic changes that had taken place nationally over the last five years, it was time for the City to take a fresh look at its goals and objectives and create a new vision for the future of our city.

Belleville's new comprehensive plan includes sections dedicated to:
  • Vision, principles and preferences
  • Growth capacity and infrastructure
  • Mobility 
  • Housing and neighborhoods
  • Economic Development
  • Land Use and Character
There is also a section dedicated to plan implementation, which includes an overall strategy for implementing goals and objectives set forth in the plan.  

About the Planning Process
Comprehensive Planning is rooted in public engagement, which was an integral and robust part of the planning process. This means that residents, business owners, and other stakeholders were asked to give feedback on Belleville's strengths, opportunities, and challenges either via small group meetings or via a comprehensive plan website called  

Adopted Plan Chapters (adopted 6/16/14)
Electronic versions of each chapter are available below.  These chapters were adopted by Belleville's City Council on June 16, 2014.  

Executive Summary
Front Cover
Table of Contents
Section 1 - Introduction 
Section 1 - Vision and Guiding Principles
Section 2 - Growth Capacity and Infrastructure
Map 2.1 - Water Utilities
Map 2.2 - Sanitary Sewer System
Map 2.3 - Watersheds
Map 2.4 - Public Safety Facilities
Section 3 - Mobility
Map 3.1 - Functional Classification
Map 3.2 - Traffic Counts
Map 3.3 - Multi-Modal Opportunities
Map 3.4 - Future Mobility Projects
Section 4 - Housing and Neighborhoods
Section 5 - Economic Development
Section 6 - Land Use and Character
Map 6.1 - Development Patterns
Map 6.2 - Future Land Use*
Section 7 - Implementation 
Section 7.1 - Comprehensive Plan Priorities
Section 7.2 - Comprehensive Plan Priority Action
Back Cover

*A 36" x 48" version of the Future Land Use map is available for viewing in the Economic Development, Planning and Zoning Department (407 E. Lincoln Street), during normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please note:  parking and entry to the building are on the Washington Street-side of the building. 

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