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Flint’s Department of Business and Community Services unveils community engagement schedule

Flint, Michigan – In June, the City of Flint’s Department of Business and Community Services plans to hold meetings in each city ward as part of the Imagine Flint Comprehensive Plan Update. The objective is to have an updated Comprehensive Plan approved by December 2025. The last plan was set in place a decade ago, prior to major events like the Flint Water Crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as before the end of emergency management in the city. The update aims to better align the plan with current community needs including neighborhood development, housing, infrastructure, transportation, and economic growth.

“It’s important for our community to update the comprehensive plan in light of population changes, the adoption of a new zoning code, and significant economic development progress over the past 10 years,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “Updating the comprehensive plan will provide a framework for meeting our community’s housing needs, planning for climate-resilient infrastructure, attracting investment, and bringing more jobs to Flint.”

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Emily Doerr, Director of the City’s Business and Community Services Department (previously known as Planning and Development), will host all meetings. She will introduce what residents can expect throughout the 18-month community engagement process, unveil a schedule of community meetings, and respond to questions from residents.

“The City of Flint is on a positive trajectory after the last decade of challenges and this 18-month community engagement is the perfect opportunity to ensure the city’s growth is grounded in resident engagement,” Doerr said. “We are excited to document a collective vision answering the question, ‘Where is Flint going and how do we get there?!’”

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Under the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, cities must create comprehensive plans to guide development in ways that promote public health, safety, and welfare. Flint City Councilmembers are encouraged to participate in the initial meetings in their wards. The Department of Business and Community Services will keep all councilmembers involved in the planning process, even if they cannot attend the initial meetings.

Flint residents can find their ward at CityofFlint.com/ward-map.

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Community Engagement Kickoff Schedule

Ward 1
Date: 
Monday, June 3, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Hasselbring Senior Center
1002 W Home Ave. Flint, MI 48505

Ward 2
Date:
 Monday, June 10, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Berston Field House
3300 Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48505

Ward 3
Date: 
Monday, June 24, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Kearsley Lake Golf Course Clubhouse
4266 E. Pierson Rd. Flint, MI 48506

Ward 4
Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Latinx Technology and Community Center
2101 Lewis St. Flint, MI 48506

Ward 5
Date: 
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Community Enrichment Center
322 E Hamilton Ave. Flint, MI 48505

Ward 6
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Mott Park Clubhouse
2401 Nolen Dr. Flint, MI 48504

Ward 7
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Gloria Coles Flint Public Library
1026 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503

Ward 8
Date: Monday, June 17, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
b Swartz Creek Golf Course Clubhouse
1902 Hammerberg Rd. Flint, MI 48503

Ward 9
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: McKinley Community Center (recently renovated!)
249 Peer Ave. Flint, MI 48503