Village outlines results of community-wide survey

BELLAIRE –The Village of Bellaire received more than 200 responses in its recent community-wide survey. The “Believe in Bellaire” survey provided the opportunity for residents, business owners, and others to weigh in on issues facing the Village.

The survey results are being used by the Village’s Master Plan Committee to craft goals and objectives for the Village’s new Master Plan. High-priority issues identified by respondents include the following:

  • High quality, well-maintained parks, and protected natural resources remain the top characteristics in creating a desirable future for Bellaire. Year-round tourism, small-town character and easy access to recreation are also important characteristics.
  • Most respondents would like Bellaire to be a friendly small town community with a variety of shops and recreational opportunities and be a destination for visitors.
  • Improving the economy is important by having good-paying, specialty jobs that meet local needs and interests, year-round tourism opportunities, and more housing choices for families and/or the workforce.
  • Preferred development pattern is a mix of residential and commercial (retail stores, offices) uses.
  • A downtown community and events center and events/festivals would help to enhance community engagement.
  • More amenities are needed for parks and public spaces, including restrooms, picnic tables, trails, etc.
  • Developing affordable, workforce housing is a very important priority.

 

The Committee also conducted several focus discussions with local stakeholders on key issues, including intergovernmental coordination, economic development, natural areas, and youth interests.

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