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Proactive 'mainstreet' planning in the hamlets, villages & rural small towns in the County of Perth

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Title: Proactive 'mainstreet' planning in the hamlets, villages & rural small towns in the County of Perth
Author: McDonald, John Spencer
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Cummings, Harry
Abstract: The rural landscape across Canada is in the midst of some interesting times, which are being defined by change. How larger, upper-tier municipalities and their respective lower tiers plan for their small, rural hamlets and villages varies across the Province, but the need to foster change, adapt and be willing to proactively plan remain constants. This research takes a look at some of the rural villages and hamlets in the County of Perth in order to observe how these places are addressing the challenges of growth and development in the 21st century in order to remain economically and socially viable. Policy at the Provincial and local levels will have a great impact on how these rural landscapes move forward, but the greatest impacts will come in the form of these communities willingness to proactively plan, implement and follow through on economic development initiatives, and initiate locally-driven efforts to maintain and improve many aspects (social, economic and cultural) of these rich communities which are in need of attention.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16194
Date: 2015
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