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 2008, the Planning Commission created the current master plan, which was subsequently approved by the village council on August 20.
Bellaire's master plan includes the general goals of preserving the unique beauty of Bellaire, protecting the health, safety and welfare of village residents, promoting a diverse business environment, encouraging cultural facilities and events, and encouraging property owners in downtown and along the business corridor to upgrade the visual appearance of their properties.
2013-2017 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 the fall of 2012, the village's Planning Commission assembled a draft version of a 2013-2017 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 January 2, 2013. The plan was submitted to the Dept. of Natural Resources and was approved by the DNR on February 21, 2013.