Standard Guide for Process of Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment
|Publication Date:||10 November 1998|
|ICS Code (Physical planning. Town planning):||91.020|
1.1 This guide covers redevelopment of a Brownfields property for all stakeholders. This guide identifies impediments to Brownfields development and suggests solutions to facilitate redevelopment. Both government and community groups are concerned with the quality of Brownfields redevelopment and wish to ensure that the redevelopment will not only protect public health and environment, but also be economically viable and benefit the community. The sustainable Brownfields redevelopment process is a voluntary effort that actively engages property owners, developers, government agencies, and the community in conducting corrective action, economic evaluation, and other actions to promote the long-term productive reuse of a Brownfields property. The process can make great strides toward sustainable redevelopment since it encourages economic vitality of an area which in turn can reduce other social problems at Brownfields properties including poverty, unemployment, and crime.
1.2 It is the intent of this guide to encourage a sustainable Brownfields redevelopment process through responsible private/public investment and redevelopment of Brownfields properties. Brownfields redevelopment is not strictly an environmental issue. In some cases, the environmental issues may be a minor component of the redevelopment project. The interrelated financial, regulatory, and community participation aspects of Brownfields redevelopment should also be addressed. Decisions made in one of these areas may affect responses in other areas. For example, a community's goals for the ultimate use of a property may affect corrective action and the cost of potential remedial action that, in turn, may enhance the redevelopment.
1.3 This guide is intended to describe a highly flexible process. This process is not linear, and not every project requires full use of all components of the process for effective implementation. The key to the process is the active engagement of government, developers, and the community to ensure successful sustainable Brownfields redevelopment process.