By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – The City Council and the city’s key developmental stakeholders will meet virtually Feb. 22 to review its progress and to focus and coordinate future Redevelopment Ready Community goals and objectives.
Lincoln Park is a member of the state of Michigan’s Redevelopment Ready Community program, which is designed to help each city work its way through the decision-making process needed to determine the city’s capacity and willingness to seek redevelopment.
The RRC program prepares cities to use best practices to develop clear and forward-thinking development policies, to establish and manage the groups within the city needed to make it happen, and then to help the groups work together toward common goals, with transparent decision making and resource coordination.
Carl Malysz, director of the Lincoln Park Downtown Development Authority and Economic Development Corporation, said that, in addition to the city’s creation, funding and support for the city groups which are key to local redevelopment readiness, city officials have recently completed the key step of updating the city’s master plan, as well as adding needed amendments to the city’s zoning code.
“One best practice that I am recommending is a recurring annual joint meeting of the city’s current development agencies,” he said in a Jan. 7 memo to the mayor, city council and city manager. “An annual meeting of this type is a highly recommended best practice through the RRC program, and is an opportunity to reflect on the progress of the past year and to focus and coordinate future efforts toward common goals and objectives.”
In addition to the city council, the city’s current development agencies include the planning commission, the zoning board of appeals, the DDA, EDC, community improvement commission and the dangerous building board.
Malysz said he plans to work with Mayor Thomas Karnes to organize and prepare an effective agenda for the joint meeting.