CHEAP SEATS: Bellevillle residents need to speak up on Official Plan
After 40 years, Belleville is about ready to look at how it grows moving forward.
It’s about time.
The city’s planning advisory committee recommended Monday the city start the process of developing a new official plan.
Now for many people that sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, but for anyone with long term plans that involve living or working in Belleville, few things are more important.
Official plans determine almost everything about how a city is going to grow and develop, from where it is going to build houses, malls and industry, to when, and in what order, parts of the community will grow.
It is, basically, the blueprint city council, and future city councils, will use to make certain decisions that will impact what the city looks like in years to come.
While much of it will be technical, much of it won’t be, particularly questions about how the city grows and where it grows to.
On those issues, and others, it is imperative people speak up loudly and clearly at the public meetings so their concerns are not only heard, but as often as possible respected.
The last official plan lasted 40 years; anyone who sees a future here for anywhere near that long should speak up, because that’s how long they will have to live with whatever is decided.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
NOTE: The city's official plan was updated in 2001; the city's zoning bylaws date back to 1977
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