Leaders in Belleville are looking for community input on its Comprehensive Plan update.
The last plan, adopted in 2000, included projects like the extension of 17th Street and the reuse of former Belleville West High School for Lindenwood University.
This year's update, which began forming in mid-July, will focus on areas of development in mobility and housing, economic development, and infrastructure over the next 15 to 20 years.
While no plan has been made yet, Director of Economic Development and Planning Emily Fultz said the update is an opportunity to consider transit oriented development around Belleville's Scheel Street metro station and more housing options in downtown Belleville.
“I’m really hopeful for the young people that have grown up here and would like to stay here,” Fultz said, citing the possibility of easier access to the MetroLink and a nice new place to live.
The plan is expected to begin implementation next year, right in time for the city’s 200th anniversary.
Community members who want to get involved in the planning can give feedback at open houses held this week in Belleville, or by going to imaginebelleville.com.