NEWS RELEASE   10/25/2011

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CITY OF FLINT PLANNING COMMISSION TO BEGIN MASTER PLANNING CONSULTANT INTERVIEWS
Interviews will be conducted before a public audience; residents are
encouraged to attend and provide written comment

Flint, Michigan - October 25, 2011 - The City of Flint Planning Commission will begin interviewing candidates interested in becoming consultants for the city's master planning process. Consultant teams with various levels of experience and expertise were invited to submit proposals. The city is reviewing seven proposals.

During a public session, the consultant teams will present their proposals. Following the presentations, members of the commission will conduct the interviews. The presentations and interviews will take place on November 1st and 3rd at 6:00pm in the City Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall, 1101 South Saginaw Street.

A significant portion of the master planning process involves public engagement. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the interviews where comment cards will be provided to record comments and other feedback. This information will be considered by the planning commission during the selection process.

The last master plan for the city of Flint was written more than 50 years ago. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the city a three-year $1.57 million grant to begin the master planning process.

There are four phases of the process:
      Gather information and learn about innovative planning practices;
      Engage the community to develop an overall planning framework that will guide the plan for the city;
      Engage the public to work on sub-area plans that cover specific neighborhoods or commercial areas;
      Write and approve the plan.

The master plan will look 20 years into the future and anticipate needs related to land use, housing patterns, recreation, transportation and capital improvements. The plan needs approval by the planning commission and the Flint City Council before being implemented.

For more information contact Sheree Pierce, Planning/Zoning Coordinator at (810) 766-7355.

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