Flint adopts first master plan in more than 50 years

For the first time in more than 50 years, the city of Flint has a blueprint for its future. People packed City Hall Monday evening as council members unanimously approved and adopted the city's first master plan since 1960.

The master plan creates a new zoning code and will direct Flint's future development and growth. It was drafted after more than 300 meetings with thousands of residents.

While council members say it's not a perfect document, they say it's a good first step.

Councilman Sheldon Neeley said, â??Now we have a direction, now we have a goal and now we can move forward to build a better quality of life for Flint residents for right now and in the future."

The cityâ??s chief planning officer, Megan Hunter, said the next steps include working on implementing the zoning code revisions and a capital improvement plan.

A $1.6 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funded the planning process.