(10/15/13) - How do you 'Imagine Flint'? It's a question that has been asked many times in the past nine weeks.
Now, after plenty of hard work by residents and city officials, the public comment period for Flints Master Plan comes to an end Tuesday.
It concludes a 63-day public comment period on the draft plan.
"It's been an exciting process and so many people have been engaged in work shops, questioners, surveys, so now we're at the final point," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
"We've been busy processing the comments that we've received and we've made actually some additional revisions to the plan," said Megan Hunter, Chief Planner for the City of Flint.
The Master Plan holds Flint's blueprint for future success. Residents have been invited to plot their footprints every step of the way. Soon, the final draft of the plan heads to the planning commission for approval.
"The planning commission has been focused on community engagement throughout this process. Take advantage of that and have your voice heard," Walling said.
All ideas are welcomed - whether it's how to tackle crime, revitalize neighborhoods or spur economic growth.
"Some people hear 'land use' or 'planning' and they think that this is not related to the pressing issues that we have in our community, but the longest chapter in the plan is public health safety and welfare," Walling said.
Assuming the planning commission is OK with the final draft, it then heads to city council for final approval. That could happen as soon as the end of the month.
Implementation will begin right after that.
Tuesday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in city council chambers.
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