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One of the most challenging aspects of working in city planning is keeping up with population growth. As a city planner, you need to anticipate what will happen in the next few years and have a plan on how you will handle it. Your city must have enough resources for all the people living there now and have space for new residents. We’ll discuss several strategies that may help keep up with population growth.
Prepare for the Future
City planners need to take a look at what could happen in the next few years and prepare. One way to do this is by creating new land where needed. For example, if your city’s population is expected to grow over the next decade, then you may want to create more space for residential buildings before it becomes necessary. You can do this by converting unused land into new construction sites or purchasing more land.
Help Accommodate the New Residents
Once you’ve prepared for future population growth, it’s time to help the city adjust. One way is by building more affordable housing or increasing funding for existing programs like Section Eight Housing Choice Vouchers. It can also be helpful to increase public transportation and ensure that there are enough schools in your area to provide an education for every student.
Prepare for the New Residents
Once your city has adjusted to population growth and you are prepared for the future, it’s time to prepare for when the population actually does grow. One important step is by creating a plan that will protect public parks, trails, and open space from encroachment. This can be accomplished by buying out land or preserving existing green space.
Urban Digital Twins
Urban digital twins is a virtual representation of the physical assets in an area, such as buildings and roads. It’s possible to use this model for many purposes, including increasing construction efficiency by reducing costs with virtual replicas before building anything new or estimating future population growth based on current trends.
Don’t Forget About Parking
When your city is already bursting at the seams, it can easily overlook how a lack of parking will affect residents looking for space. One way to address this issue is by investing in more public transportation and creating new spaces where people are expected to live or work. It would help if you also ensured that there’s parking for low-income residents, drivers with disabilities, and other groups who may need it.
City planners need to ensure that their city has enough resources for the people living there now while also having space for new residents. If you’re a city planner struggling with keeping up with population growth, we hope these strategies will help.