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CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

The success of  the Imagine Flint plan depends on residents, community stakeholders and individuals in Flint interested in working with City Staff to complete strategies and assist with plan implementation. There are many ways Flint staff needs your help:

Sub-Area Plans

Implementation Task Groups

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.

         

Sucessful Engagement & Outreach

The Imagine Flint Master Planning Process was awarded a 2014 Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach by the Michigan Association of Planning! View our blog post 'A Year in Review'.

The Michigan Municipal League's Civic Engagement Best Practices guidebook features the Imagine Flint planning process! Using the success of our project, the booklet advises readers to learn from Imagine Flint by "Build(ing) a diverse team of residents and community stakeholders to guide engagement". See the guidebook here.

Outreach and community engagement served as the foundation for the Imagine Flint planning process. Over 5,000 Flint residents and roughly 6,000 community members attended one of over 300 master plan events. Some key highlights of Imagine Flint outreach are below:

  • 200+ meetings conducted - over 2,500 attended
  • 30 Do-it-Yourself workshops completed - 500 individuals participated  
  • 1,700 visitors in the Imagine Flint project studio
  • 500+ attended Community Vision & Goals workshop
  • 350+ attended (2) Land Use Workshops
  • 210 individuals attended Sub-Area workshops
  • 9 Ward Input Sessions were held - 300 participants
  • Over 1,000 monthly "hits" on imagineflint.com
  • 150 surveys completed
  • Over 750 Facebook "likes"

You can view a map which details the outreach meetings completed during the planning process in our Map Gallery