The United States and Canada are in the midst of a renaissance of urban renewal, which can be accomplished by using the latest technologies, the latest design and the latest planning, the rural development program announced Monday.
But in some places, rural development has become more complicated.
Some communities have seen the development of rural communities, but some have had to wait decades for them to develop.
In some rural communities that have seen some success, such as Fort McMurray, Alta., and St. Johns, Ont., some are seeing some delays.
“If you don’t have a well-thought-out plan to develop, and you can’t get funding, it can be a challenge,” said Dan Stempel, chief executive officer of the Stemp Foundation.
The organization, a non-profit foundation that provides grants for rural development, provides assistance to cities in need.
The program is based on a five-point plan developed by the federal Rural Development Council.
These include how best to address the needs of the region, what kinds of infrastructure and other resources are needed and how much local money is needed to support that.
The five-step plan includes a goal of developing 25 per cent of the rural population by 2050.
It also includes a timeline to build more than 1,000 kilometres of new roads, railways, bridges, pipelines and other infrastructure in the country by 2030.
The city of St. John’s, N.L., will receive a $500,000 grant to accelerate the growth of its rural development community.
The city is also in the process of obtaining a $20-million grant from the federal government to help build a water and wastewater system that will improve the drinking water supply.
But it also is struggling to meet its goals, including increasing its density to about 30 per cent.
“We’re at about 30.5 per cent density.
We need to grow to 100 per cent,” said Stemper.
“So if we are going to grow, we need to expand.
And that’s going to take some time.”
It also needs to build new infrastructure that is able to accommodate growth.
“We are trying to develop a transportation system that can accommodate growth and we have to take a look at the need for light rail in our community,” said Eric Lipp, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Municipal Municipalities.
Lipp said there’s a need for a new type of transit system, one that will not only be able to move people and goods quickly but also provide a high-quality alternative to driving.
The federal government is giving the City of St John’s $2 million to improve the rail system.
The plan includes installing new track, upgrading bridges and upgrading other infrastructure.
The province is also providing $1 million for improvements to roads.
The goal of the plan is to expand the city to 500,000 residents by 2060.
John’s also is seeking to add a new hospital and new medical school.