In 2014, a group of Bellevue residents began the process of incorporating the community as a city. Incorporating the city would require approval of two-thirds of the voters in the proposed area. The proposed City of Bellevue would span about 15 sq mi (39 km2), and have an initial population of 5,000 to 10,000. The proposed location of the City of Bellevue would be west of Hattiesburg, and would encompass the subdivisions of Bellegrass, Bent Creek, Bridgefield, Canebrake, Cumberland, Highpoint, and Sandstone, although "there is no official blueprint for the potential city".
Those advocating for the creation of the City of Bellevue state that their desire for incorporation is rooted in a aspiration to prevent Hattiesburg city limits from extending into the area and to standardize zoning laws in the name of "beauty and architectural continuity".
- Doherty, Tim (10 October 2015). Bellevue opponents: We’re going to lose all our freedom, Hattisburg American ("The incorporation process has stirred up interest in Bellevue community residents on both sides of the issue.")
- Doherty, Tim (10 April 2015). Group pushing plans for new city in Lamar County, Hattiesburg American
- Morgan, Margaret Ann (6 May 2015). EXCLUSIVE: County e-mails reveal City of Bellevue plans, WDAM
- "Group details plans for City of Bellevue". Hattiesburg American. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
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