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4

Mar

2015

Drafts & Public Engagement

Draft Zoning Code

Author: ImagineFlint

The Planning Department continues its work on a new draft Zoning Code to implement the Imagine Flint Land Use Plan. As with past master plan processes, the goal is to include many opportunities for the public to give input and gain understanding about the decisions being proposed. Ultimately, the code, will go before both the Planning Commission and City Council for formal adoption. One requirement of the City's Master Plan grant was for the development of a zoning code that is distinctly aligned with the Master Plan. A city's Zoning Code is the very device that drives implementation of the Master Plan and its approval is critical to master plan implementation.

Beginning later this month and continuing into the summer, staff will be hosting multiple events to connect with Flint residents and the community. One extremely unique opportunity we're eager to offer is a series of Flint Zoning Sessions in collaboration with the Michigan State University Extension Program. These sessions will be a series of four courses where participants will learn about specifics on the Flint draft code and also gain an understanding about how land use decisions are made. In addition, workshops, open houses, and public meetings will be hosted to gather input and inform community members on the importance of the Zoning Code and how it will be used to implement the City's innovative, Place-based Land Use Plan.

Staff is committed to looking towards residents for their insight and contributions in this community driven effort to build a better Flint. 

**Introductory session March 19th from 6-8 PM at GCCARD to discuss the basics of zoning and planning, while informing the public of Flint's new Zoning Code.

**Four zoning sessions to follow, which build onto the introduction and give residents specific insight and training as it relates to zoning in Flint. The dates and times for those meetings are as follows:

April 15, 6-8p.m. GCCARD

April 22, 6-8p.m. GCCARD

April 29, 6-8p.m. GCCARD

May 6, 6-8p.m. GCCARD

Space is limited, if interested, please complete THIS REGISTRATION FORM.

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14

Jan

2015

A Year in Review

Imagine Flint Annual Update

Author: ImagineFlint

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!

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14

Jan

2015

Working to Improve

Draft CIP

Author: ImagineFlint

As the Imagine Flint Master Plan process continues to move forward towards implementation, community involvement remains a vital to staff’s success. As an advocate for public input, the Planning Department is no stranger to forums and workshops that gather concerned and committed citizens and allow for candid conversations and dialogue to occur. The most recent topic open for discussion is the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. The Draft CIP was released in September 2014 and three public input sessions were held in early December where much constructive input was shared.

City Planning Staff would like to extend its sincerest thanks and appreciation to the 100+ residents who came and offered opinions and ideas for future spending on capital improvements in Flint. During each session a presentation was given to highlight the importance of a multi-year plan to address improvements needed City-wide. Examples were given that outlined some main projects and areas of priority within the plan. Among the most urgent projects discussed were those pertaining to infrastructure improvements, including blight demolition and investment in the City’s aging sewer and water infrastructure. Those in attendance were provided with a timeline and update on current and proposed projects. Questions, comments and concerns were encouraged throughout the presentation and each person received a sheet to record feedback. The potential adoption of this 5-year plan, will mark the City’s first ever combined and comprehensive planning document that addresses City owned facilities and infrastructure.

The Flint Planning Commission met on Tuesday, January 13 to vote on the 5-Year plan, with unanimous approval. The plan will be voted on by the City Council later in the month for formal adoption. If you have questions on the Capital Improvement Plan, please contact Planning Staff at masterplaninfo@cityofflint.com


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4

Aug

2014

Moving Forward

Blight Elimination Workshops

Author: ImagineFlint

The Planning Department, in partnership with the Land Bank, is pleased to announce the success of the 9 ward workshops held throughout the city last month. Many collaborative thoughts were shared on the issue of blight in Flint’s neighborhoods. The Imagine Flint team would like to extend our deepest thanks to the nearly 400 residents and stakeholders who came out to support efforts toward blight elimination. The goal of each workshop was to provide participants with information regarding the 

Beyond Blight: Blight Elimination Framework and give them an opportunity to have their questions answered as well as their opinions heard. The participants were asked to share their opinions on neighborhood blocks most in need of blight removal and provide reasoning for that area. They were also asked to vote on the blight removal actions they feel are most important to be done. Lively discussions were had all around, and the Imagine Flint team is especially happy with the overall spirit of community that was on display at each workshop. Residents were asked to fill out surveys and write down the reason for determining their priority blight remediation activities and areas. Feedback received at the workshops is currently being reviewed, and input provided will be taken into consideration before final revisions are made to the Blight Elimination Framework. 

Another positive consequence of the ward workshops was the opportunity to share information about community events and the many ways that residents can be a part of taking blight right in their own neighborhoods. A Neighborhood Resource Calendar was distributed at each of the workshops and can be found here. This is an excellent resource for those dedicated to the work of eliminating blight and improving their communities!

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28

Apr

2014

Draft 5-Year Blight Elimination Framework Released

Author: ImagineFlint
A guiding principle of the Master Plan is addressing the Quality of Life within Flint neighborhoods for Flint residents. Blight Elimination is critical to changing Flint's image, and it must eliminate Blight and Urban Decay and enact an aggressive City-Wide anti-blight campaign. 

This campaign has begun with the completion of a Five-Year Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework draft.  The goal of the Framework is to stabilize Flint's population by eliminating blight in neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for residents while focusing on seven key activities for blight elimination.  These include: demolition, code enforcement, waste removal, mowing, boarding, vacant lot reuse, and building rehabilitation and redevelopment.

As the five-year cost of removing blight in Flint is estimated at roughly $112 million, the Framework proposes collaborative blight elimination between residents, local government, institutions, community groups, and businesses and developers. View the Framework.
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