Master plans are closely tied to zoning decisions, especially decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals. The State of Michigan's Planning Enabling Act (Act 33 of 2008, as amended), requires a municipality's master plan to contain a land use plan, recommendations on infrastructure, and recommendations to redevelop or rehabilitate blighted areas. In 2019, the Master Plan Committee created the current master plan, which was subsequently approved by the village council on November 6, 2019. The Village of Bellaire Vision as stated, provides:
Future Bellaire is a family-friendly, small town community with tree-lined streets, picturesque buildings, vibrant shops and gathering places, regular cultural events, connected trails, and wonderful parks meking it a place where people want to visit and live. It is a community with protected scenic natural areas and family-oriented, outdoor adventure activities. With up-to-date infrastructure and transporation choices, Bellaire is where existing businesses grow, new businesses develop, and there are jobs that meet local needs and interests.
The Master Plan is available online and at the Bellaire Public Library. A hard copy may be purchased at the village offices.
2018-2022 Recreation Plan
To be eligible for Michigan Department of Natural Resources grants, a recreation plan must be filed with the DNR's Grants Department every five years. In September 2017, the village's Planning Commission assembled a draft version of a 2018-2022 Recreation Plan and presented it to the village council for approval.
After a public hearing, the village council approved the recreation plan at their regularly scheduled meeting on December 6, 2017. The plan has been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources.
A hard copy of the plan may be purchased at the village offices. Click here to see the 2013-2017 plan. Click here to see the 2007-2012 plan.
Capital Improvement Plan (approved 12-4-2019)Public Participation Plan (approved 12-4-2019)