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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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23

Jan

2015

Mott Park Golf Course Vision Session

Author: ImagineFlint

Public Meeting & Vision Session

Monday January 26 6:30-8:30 PM

Kettering Campus Center, Campus Dr.


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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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13

Jan

2015

Soup Per Bowl

Author: ImagineFlint

Center for Hope, 517 E. 5th Ave

January 30 2015

4-7 PM

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