Government of Canada and FCM support Moncton’s sustainable neighbourhood action plan (20/07/2015)
Moncton, N.B. — Robert Goguen, MP for Moncton — Riverview — Dieppe, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, B.C., today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $83,875 for the City of Moncton. The City will put the funding toward a sustainable neighbourhood action plan (SNAP) for the Humphrey's Brook Secondary Plan area.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Mr. Robert Goguen. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like Moncton build a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Louie. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities."
Moncton is Canada's fifth-fastest growing city — the fastest east of Saskatoon. Its population is expected to increase by 20,000 in the next 25 years. The SNAP will guide long-term, sustainable development of the Humphrey's Brook Secondary Plan area, a 250-hectare site located minutes from downtown. To develop the SNAP, the City will inventory the area's physical features and consult stakeholders on its development.
The SNAP — Moncton's first — will support the City's Municipal Plan, Sustainable Community Plan, and Climate Change Adaptation and Flood Management Strategy. The plan will also include general land use policies and a naturalized approach to stormwater management. It will showcase what integrated neighbourhood planning can achieve.
"We have the exceptional opportunity to integrate best practices in urban planning for an untouched area that is poised for development," said Mayor George LeBlanc. "The funding provided by FCM's Green Municipal Fund™ will help us lead the way in Atlantic Canada with regards to sustainable neighbourhood planning."
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.