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      Flint City Council approves master plan for public review

      Chief planner Megan Hunter

      The city of Flint is another step closer to getting a master plan for the first time in more than half a century. Since the city's last master plan adopted in 1960, Flint has seen rapid population decline, a loss in manufacturing jobs and an increase in violent crimes.

      After more than two and a half years a draft master plan is ready for public viewing.

      Monday night, the city council approved public circulation of the roughly 120-page plan. It will be available for public viewing at various locations throughout the city. The proposed master plan addresses land use, economic development, public safety and blight.

      The process has involved more than 150 community meetings and officials say they hope the public input will continue.

      Chief planner Megan Hunter said, "This plan is really helping us address the issues of rapid population decline and recreating Flint in a way that's very sustainable."

      The public will have 63 days to comment on the master plan, after which the city will hold a public hearing.

      "This is about the residents in the city of Flint making a comment and for us to hear it so we can make a final determination to approve it or deny it,â?? Councilman Sheldon Neeley said.

      The final plan is expected to be approved this fall.