It has been one year since the adoption of the Imagine Flint master plan took place on October 28, 2013. Over the past year, we as the community have been hard at work to implement strategies and realize the visions of the Master Plan. As we look back on the progress that has been made, we know that this growth progress could not have been made possible if it were not for the overwhelming support and acceptance of the plan by Flint residents and community members. It is this support that makes Imagine Flint not just the City’s official master plan, but a true community vision for a better Flint.
In celebration of the hard work and achievements over the past year, the City, its residents, and community members came together once more on Wednesday January 7th to share an update of this progress that has occurred, and celebrate the successes 2014 has brought. The reception for this event, A Year in Review, was held at the Flint Institute of Arts, allowing attendees the opportunity to once again visit the world-class cultural facilities within our community. Individuals and groups were recognized for their contributions and support as a driving force for change in the community. Mayor Walling, Planning Commission Chair Wesley, Steering Committee co-chair Richardson, Department of Planning staff, provided updates on several topics, including the Capital improvement Plan, the Draft Zoning Code, implementation projects, and overall progress made during 2014.
The highlight of the evening however was a presentation from The Michigan Association of Planning, who showcased the efforts made over the course of the past three years in Flint. During this time, over 5,000 Flint residents and community members participated in over 300+ events and planning workshops, culminating with the unanimous approval and adoption of the City’s first official Master Plan since 1960. This unprecedented support and volunteerism from citizens was sure to not go unnoticed. MAP representatives formally awarded the City with a 2014 Planning Excellence Award in Civic Engagement, a competitive award process and one that truly distinguishes the Imagine Flint master planning process as inclusive, transparent and comprehensive.
The Imagine Flint staff would like to thank all of those who attended this special celebration and update. As a tireless advocates for civic involvement and community engagement, we urge the Flint community to stay remain participants and leaders in the master planning process because, ‘together this is what’s possible.’
Thank You Flint Community!