The City of Flint is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a multi-year planning grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation for the support of the Imagine Flint Neighborhood Planning Initiative. The Initiative is designed to help neighborhoods create “neighborhood specific” strategies in order to address degradation and restore vibrancy. This initiative is a direct objective of the City’s Master Plan as outlined in Chapter 5: Housing and Neighborhoods, which calls for the adoption of neighborhood plans that align with the newly developed place types and zoning districts as laid out in the Plan. The aim of the initiative is to develop four neighborhood plans over the course of the grant cycle.
The overall goal of the initiative is to encourage and ensure resident participation in neighborhood revitalization efforts. Knowing what challenges their particular areas face and sharing in a common vision of what can be done to improve them will help create sustainable change that is led by the residents themselves. Through the Neighborhood Planning Initiative, neighborhood groups will have the chance to evaluate their neighborhood using a resident developed planning Prep-Kit in order to determine whether their neighborhood is both ready and committed to embark on a planning process. Upon completion of the Prep-Kit, groups will have the ability to apply and chosen neighborhood groups will jointly select a professional planning consultant who would serve to strengthen the relationship between the City Planning Department and the group.
While we recognize that this is a competitive grant process, we encourage all groups to apply and utilize the Prep-Kit. Once each group completes the Prep-Kit, they will have valuable data and a One-Year Action Plan to kick-start neighborhood improvements.
To view a sample of the Neighborhood Prep-Kit please click here: Your Neighborhood Planning Prep-Kit.
For more information and to pick up your copy of the Prep-Kit contact Mohamed Ali in the planning office at (810) 766-7426 ext. 3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.