Township is ready for redevelopment

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township is seeking redevelopment ready certification.

At its May 15 meeting, the township board unanimously approved a Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) resolution required by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to become a part of the RRC program.

The Township needs to be in this program to remain eligible for State of Michigan Community Development funding and grant funding for Economic Development, said Tracey Tucker in a memo to the board.

It is part of an overall effort to make the township more attractive to developers, she said.

MEDC has established the statewide Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) Program to empower communities to shape their future and maximize economic potential, according to the resolution.

The RRC program “provides technical assistance to and certifies Michigan communities who actively engage stakeholders and plan deliberate, fair and consistent processes.”

Flint Township is working to create a climate to encourage investment which, aided by participation in the RRC Program, will streamline the planning and development process.

As part of the eligibility process, Tucker attended and completed six Best Practice Trainings. Efforts initiated during that training and a self-evaluation process now are supported by the township board, via the resolution.

By participating in the RRC program, township officials seek to improve development readiness through a detailed review of its development processes including its Master Plan, Capital Improvement Plan, Downtown Development Plan, Tax Increment Finance Plan, Development Review Process, Community Outreach Programs, Economic Development Strategies as well as its Zoning Ordinances, according to the resolution.

The RRC Program also includes evaluating and strengthening development related partnerships between the Charter Township of Flint and stakeholder organizations such as the MEDC, I-69 International Trade Corridor – NMDC, adjacent municipalities, and the township’s Economic Development Corporation, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission.

According to the RRC, resolution, the township pledges to assess its internal processes with a focus toward making the most of future development opportunities.

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