Flint's chief planning officer Megan Hunter met with the public Tuesday night in hopes of getting residents to sign up for a number of volunteer advisory groups.
"The city from 1960 has lost almost half of its population and I think the challenge is thinking of creative ways of stabilizing neighborhoods and property values and repurposing vacant property and vacant buildings," Hunter said.
She is a native of Metro Detroit and worked in the city planning department in Los Angeles before accepting the job in March.
Hunter says the city has not had a written master plan since 1960.
She is also in charge of rewriting Flint's zoning code and creating a capital improvement plan.
Volunteers are needed to serve on advisory groups that focus on several areas, including housing, transportation and public safety.