The Planning Division works with current land use planning, future land use planning and future zoning. Using Imagine Flint, the city’s Master Plan, Planning Staff directs neighborhood stabilization, future growth, and revitalization efforts towards becoming a green, sustainable and healthy 21st Century Sustainable Community. By respecting the overall views and interests of the community and people who are impacted by specific projects or changes, we believe in working with people to build consensus solutions that improve the quality of life for Flint residents and community members.
The Planning Division supports the work of the Planning Commission, Master Plan Steering Committee, Historic District Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Two of our many on-going projects at the moment include a complete update of the zoning code and the South Flint Community Planning initiative. We welcome and support community feedback, so please use the links below to learn more about these projects.
Interested in seeing a timeline of the Master Plan process / implementation since 2011?
Zoning Code Update
Draft Zoning Code Quick Reference Guide
Planning Commission Comments
Chapter 12 Amendment – Recreational Marijuana
Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act
South Flint Community Planning (Choice Neighborhoods)
Imagine Flint Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint – Adopted 10/28/13
Capital Improvements Plan – 2014-2020
New Draft Zoning Ordinance
Master Plan Implementation Update – 2016
Master Plan Steering Committee
Master Plan Implementation Task Groups
GIS and Maps
Master Plan Summary
Placebased Future Land Use Plan
The Zoning Division provides site plan review, zoning information, property disposition and other services to the public. Zoning staff also work closely with the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Historic District Commission in interpreting the code, creating new ordinances and implementing the Master Plan.
Optional Pre-filing Conference:
A prospective applicant, prior to submitting a formal application and site plan for Zoning Coordinator review, may meet for a pre-filing conference(s) with the Zoning Coordinator and any other City official or employee designated by the Zoning Coordinator. The purpose of the conference(s) is to help the applicant understand the Master Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, the site development allowances, the standards by which the application will be evaluated, and the application requirements. At the conference, the applicant is expected to outline the project in terms of land uses, anticipated building arrangements and site design, and proposed construction timetable. Please contact the Zoning Coordinator or Lead Planner for more information.
Zoning Violation Reporting Form
Summary of Zoning Classifications
Current Zoning Map (Downloadable PDF)
Interactive Zoning Map website
Current Zoning Ordinance
Certificate of Zoning Compliance Application
Sign Permit Zoning Certificate Application
Fences/Decks/Accessory Structures Zoning Certificate Application
Zoning Division Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 am – 3 pm
Please note: As of November 19 2019, Payment for application fees are no longer accepted by Planning & Zoning Staff. Fees for applications may be paid at the Building, Safety, and Inspection public counter between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Thursday. Applications are only accepted in person during these times. Thank you.
The Planning commission creates the master and capital improvement plans for the development of the city; reviews rezoning requests, site plans, subdivisions, special use and other land use applications; and develops new zoning standards.
This Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 PM in City Hall unless otherwise notified. The meeting is typically held on the third floor in the Committee room off the Council Chambers. The Public is welcome.
- Application for Planning Commission ( Street Name Change / Street/Alley Vacations / Rezoning / Conditional Use / Conditional Rezoning / Special Regulated Use )
- Conditional Use Application
- Site Plan Review Package
- Flowchart for Site Plan Review
- Flowchart for Special Regulated Use Site Plan Review
- 2020 Meeting Schedule
- Planning Commission Roster
For questions regarding the PC, please contact the Zoning Coordinator or Lead Planner.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals grants variances and interprets provisions of the City’s zoning code, as well as resolves disputes regarding decisions of the zoning official.
This Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 PM in City Hall unless otherwise notified. The meeting is typically held on the third floor in the Committee room off the Council Chambers. The Public is welcome.
- Use Variance ZBA Application
- Non-Use Variance ZBA Application
- 2020 Meeting Schedule
- Zoning Board of Appeals Roster
For questions regarding the ZBA, please contact the Zoning Coordinator or Lead Planner.
Historic District Commission
The Historic District Commission reviews proposals for additions, alterations, or other changes to structures within the City’s historic districts.
This Commission meets on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 PM in City Hall unless otherwise notified. The meeting is typically held on the third floor in the Committee room off the Council Chambers. The Public is welcome.
- Certificate of Appropriateness Application
- 2020 Meeting Schedule
- Historic District Commission Roster
- Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
- Historic District Ordinance – Chapter 2, Article XIX
For questions regarding the HDC, please contact the Zoning Coordinator or Lead Planner.
Planning and Zoning Staff
How to Reach Us:
Planning Division: (810)766-7426 Zoning Division: (810)766-7355 City of Flint 1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502