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It’s official! The City of Flint has its first comprehensive, long-range plan in over 50 years. The unanimous votes by both the City of Flint Planning Commission and the Flint City Council are a result of over 2 years’ worth of work from many individuals, organizations, and leadership throughout the City. The Imagine Flint planning process ultimately connected with a diverse group of over 5,000 Flint residents and community stakeholders.

The Imagine Flint Master Plan will now serve as a blueprint for City operations, future development within Flint, and a tool to stabilize the community as a whole.


Project Summary: The City of Flint and the Flint Housing Commission (FHC) have partnered to address the historic challenges facing the Atherton East public housing development and the surrounding community. The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant helped the City and FHC develop the South Flint Community Plan (SFCP). SFCP is a detailed document outlining projects to implement the Master Plan in a targeted area. The SFCP planning process was community-driven and the final plan details strategies for Housing, Neighborhood and People. The Flint Housing Commission selected Norstar Development to complete the relocation of Atherton East. Funding for this will come from numerous sources. An application was submitted to HUD on November 20, 2017 and awarded to the City and FHC on July 6, 2018 for a $30 Million Implementation Grant to relocate Atherton East and improve education, safety, and economic outcomes for South Flint residents. Phase I development of the new Atherton East, Clark Commons  was awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and development will begin in early spring 2019.


Master Plan Info.

Imagine Flint creates a blueprint for our future - a Master Plan that will guide the City for the next 20 years.

What is a Master Plan? 

A Master Plan is a blueprint for the future. It is a comprehensive, community visions that is intended to guide the City over a longer period of time. The Master Plan contains a set of policies, required by state law, that direct and lay the ground work future growth and development. Additionally, the Plan identifies potential strategies that help to effectively guide City leaders in making substantive and thoughtful decisions for the community.

Read on, or click here to learn more about the roles of the Planning CommissionSteering Committee and Community Engagement involved during the planning process.

What are the contents of a Master Plan?              

A typical Master Plan outlines the existing conditions of the City, describes future goals and objectives for development, and includes an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. Flint’s Master Plan includes sections on economic development, educational and public facilities, and services including public safety, transportation and mobility, infrastructure, environmental features and open space, and housing.    

Why does Flint need a Master Plan?

The last City of Flint Master Plan was created over 50 years ago and it forecast continued population growth and a robust economy. The current zoning ordinance is based on this anticipated growth that did not come to fruition and is outdated. This has led to poor planning and missed development opportunities. In addition, the Michigan Planning Enabling Act requires that local governments develop a Master Plan that is regularly updated and that its zoning be based upon this plan.

Who is involved in the Master Plan process?

As the blueprint for the City, it is critical that all Flint stakeholders are involved in the development and implementation of the Master Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process of continuing the common community vision for Flint’s future. Ultimately, the Master Plan was approved by the City of Flint Planning Commission and City Council.

My Neighborhood already has a plan. What will happen to that?

Existing neighborhood plans are an important part of the Master Plan process. These Plans informed development of the Master Plan and in some cases have been incorporated into sub-area plans with more specific land use guidance.

When will the Plan start and when will it be completed?

The Master Plan was adopted on October 28, 2013 and has a long range goal of 20 years for implementation.

Who is paying for the Plan?

The Plan is being funded by a 1.57 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and includes matching funds from various community stakeholders. The money from the HUD grant can only be spent on the Master Plan.

How can I get involved in the process?

It is important to get involved in all the Master Plan activities from data collection, community visioning and mapping, and creation of community goals and objectives. Contact Flint Planning Staff and make sure that you are on the mailing list so you can be informed of upcoming meetings. In addition, the City of Flint convenes a Master Plan Steering Committee meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. These meetings are open to the public. Materials from meetings and more information detailing the Master Plan process can be found in the Documents section of this website, or visit the Flint Public library Master Plan resource collection. 

Is a Plan required?

State law (Michigan Planning Enabling Act (Act 33 of 2008) ) requires local government to adopt and implement a Master Plan with a general purpose to promote public health, safety, morals, order, and prosperity. This plan shall be coordinated, harmonious, efficient, and economical.

Does the City's Charter provide any guidance?

The City of Flint adopted Charter calls for “the development of a master plan containing a set of guidelines to assist the Mayor and others in evaluating and implementing specific proposals for the total development of the City and its residents.” The Master Plan shall be utilized for, “social, economic, and physical development and conservation.” Pre adoption of the plan calls for, “interested parties and groups to be given notice and an opportunity to be heard by the Planning Commission and the City Council before approval of the plan.” Click here to read the Charter.