Imagine Flint will create a blueprint for our future - a new Master Plan that 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 for the next 20 years. The Master Plan will result in a set of policies that direct future growth and development. These policies, required by state law, lay the ground work for future growth and development. Additionally, the creation of a Plan can lead to potential strategies that will help effectively guide City leaders with making substantive and thoughtful decisions for the community.
Read on, or click here to learn more about the roles of the Planning Commission, Steering 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 will include 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 is Flint creating a Master Plan?
The last City of Flint Master Plan, created over 50 years ago, forecasted continued population growth and a robust economy. The current zoning code is based on this forecasted growth and contains outdated zoning code, which has led to poor planning and missed development opportunities.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 creating the Master Plan?
As the blueprint for the City, it is critical that all Flint’s stakeholders are involved in the development of the Master Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process in order to craft a common community vision for Flint’s future. Ultimately, the Master Plan will be 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 will inform the Master Plan and in some cases will be incorporated into sub-area plans with more specific land use guidance.
When will the Plan start and when will it be completed?
The initial phases of the Plan have begun with anticipated completion in June 2014.
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.