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April 2005

An Eye on the Industry
 
Brownfield Briefs
An Eye on the Industry

EPA and NOAA To Address Coastal Growth, Development Issues The U.S. EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have formalized an agreement to work together to help coastal communities grow in ways that benefit the economy, public health and the environment. This partnership is the second between NOAA…Read more

Sustaining Towns Between Rural and Urban
 
Community Outreach
Sustaining Towns Between Rural and Urban

When one thinks about rural America’s landscape, the word “frontier” comes to mind. Just as the definition of the word frontier suggests, rural America is the compilation of regions at or beyond the edge of settled areas. These regions are often considered to be largely undeveloped or depending on one’s…Read more

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Brownfield Dreams Meet Market Reality
 
Environmental
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Brownfield Dreams Meet Market Reality

Question: Dear Todd: I am the brownfield coordinator for a medium-sized city. We have identified a fifty-acre brownfield in a heavily industrialized area that seems well suited for redevelopment. Our mayor is adamant that we prioritize this property as a high-tech incubator site to “jump start” biotechnology in the city.…Read more


 
Guest Op / Ed
Speak Up About Superfund

In his op/ed in the February 2005 issue of Brownfield News, Reed Rubinstein wrote that Superfund is out of sync with today’s realities. (Read it at www.brownfieldnews.com.) This article offers an opinion on what the brownfield industry should say about it. EPA has suggested a national dialogue over the future…Read more

 
Industrial Redevelopment
Get Smart the Brownfield Way

Parris N. Glendening is president of Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a project of Smart Growth America, a nationwide coalition of nearly 100 organizations promoting a better way to grow. Prior to that, Mr. Glendening spent eight years as Governor of the State of Maryland, where he made the environment the…Read more

 
Point/Counterpoint
Counterpoint: Dialogue Nearing the End

Smart growth was one of the two healthiest, most valuable dialogues to hit planning and economic development circles in closing decades of the 20th Century (the other being sustainable development). As dialogues, they are vital and productive, but we are now at the point where these dialogues are bearing fruit,…Read more

 
Point/Counterpoint
Counterpoint: Miles to Go Before I Sleep

There is no doubt that brownfield redevelopment and smart growth are key tools to revitalizing communities. The U.S. EPA’s brownfield and smart growth programs have been a catalyst to redeveloping properties in small and large localities alike. The U.S. EPA has given brownfield funding to more than 700 localities, leading…Read more


 
Point/Counterpoint
POINT: A Sure Bet

Brownfields and smart growth are inextricably linked in their history and their impact. The U.S. EPA’s initiatives on brownfields and smart growth are leading examples of the close connection between environmental and economic concerns. Together, these two efforts helped reframe national, regional and local debates over growth, environmental protection, economic…Read more

 
Policy
Bush and the Congress: What Can We Anticipate?

If President Bush’s February 7 budget submission to Congress is any indicator, 2005 promises to be quite a roller coaster ride for federal programs aimed at economic and community development, with brownfield efforts just one car on the train. Bush is seeking the most sweeping reorganization of federal economic and…Read more

 
Regional Report
A Sense of Place

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) works with its members and partners to meet a challenge issued by THE U.S. EPA for America’s corporations — reviewing where ecological reuse is viable in land restoration and cleanup programs, and then actively pursuing these options. Through the creation of drainage ponds, Gretna unwittingly…Read more

 
Regional Report
AB 389: New California Legislation

In a tortured journey commenced by a broad coalition of community-based housing and civil rights advocacy groups under the leadership of Senator Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), the California Legislature decisively rejected efforts to conform California’s joint and several environmental liability laws to the Federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields…Read more


 
Regional Report
Atlanta’s Regional Livable Centers Initiative

To help promote greater livability in towns and employment centers, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) launched the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program in 1999. LCI provides seed money to communities with bold visions of a more livable future and enough implementation money to see these visions turn into reality. The…Read more

 
Regional Report
Indiana Land Council Suspended

Newly-elected Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has suspended the Indiana Land Resources Council. The council was created in 1999 to address issues of sprawl, redevelopment, planning and conservation. While it began with a mission of preserving farmland, it grew to address larger statewide issues such as brownfields and wastewater management. The…Read more

 
Regional Report
Lean & Green: Emeryville’s Challenge

Emeryville, California is a 1.2-square- mile city-by-the-bay once packed with acres of brownfields that dragged down the economy and quality of life. Emeryville has turned its brownfield problem into an example of pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development while integrating stormwater runoff control. In the 1990s, Emeryville began an aggressive brownfield rede…Read more

 
Regional Report
Michigan Project Addresses Growth Issues

Brownfield redevelopment is commonly considered one of the most effective ways to manage growth and curb sprawl in rapidly growing areas. As an urban infill development that will reuse an underutilized and environmentally contaminated 6.4-acre site, Broadway Village in Ann Arbor, Michigan, combines the goals of brownfield redevelopment and growth…Read more


 
Regional Report
Minnesota’s One Call Obligations

On January 24th, 2005, in U.S. v Qwest Corp., the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota noted EPA’s obligation to register underground pump-and-treat piping with the state One Call Center. The EPA’s failure to register the underground lines seemed to weigh in, at least to some extent,…Read more

 
Regional Report
N.J. Law Clarifies Natural Resource Damages

New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey has signed legislation that provides qualified developers liability protection against natural resource damage claims at brownfield sites across the state. “The Governor’s action provides innocent companies assurance that they will not be held liable for costs related to natural resource injuries,” said New…Read more

 
Regional Report
Ontario’s Bill 133: The Big Chill?

On October 27, 2004, Bill 133 — the Environmental Enforcement Statute Law Amendment Act, 2004 — was introduced into the Ontario Legislature. The stated purpose of the bill is to enhance quick enforcement action against polluters and encourage businesses to prevent discharges and spills. The bill has sent a chill…Read more

 
Regional Report
Ontario’s Bill 133: The big Chill?

On October 27, 2004, Bill 133 — the Environmental Enforcement Statute Law Amendment Act, 2004 — was introduced into the Ontario Legislature. The stated purpose of the bill is to enhance quick enforcement action against polluters and encourage businesses to prevent discharges and spills. The bill has sent a chill…Read more


 
Regional Report
Port Gamble Cleanup Wins Honors

The current and former owners of historic Port Gamble in Washington received the state’s highest environmental award for their work in cleaning up contamination throughout the town. Pope & Talbot and Pope Resources received Environmental Excellence Awards from the Department of Ecology (Ecology). The companies began the cleanup work after…Read more

 
Regional Report
Redevelopment & Regional Planning a Pair

Fred Zorn dons a Carhardt jacket against Michigan’s February weather and jokes about the adventures that accompany site inspections in his fast-reviving town. “Hopefully I won’t have to bail anyone out of jail today,” he says, remembering property owners brandishing shotguns and police mistaking his staff for trespassing kids. The…Read more

 
Regional Report
Rediscovering a Forgotten Neighborhood

The Southside neighborhood of Greensboro, North Carolina, located just south of downtown along the railroad tracks, remained largely forgotten by the city for decades. Between 1880 and 1910, Southside housed some of Greensboro’s most prominent professionals, who displayed their newfound wealth by erecting large Queen Anne homes and smaller, stylish…Read more

 
Regional Report
Revitalizing the Jersey City Waterfront

Four hundred years after Jersey City was first settled, its waterfront has been reborn as a new business hub. Long gone are the old rail yards, wharves and piers that had become a 34-acre brownfield site. Instead, high-rise offices, retail facilities and promenades for the 21st century have revitalized the…Read more


 
Regional Report
The Ontario Vision of Smart Growth

In Ontario, smart growth is the most misused term describing the issues associated with urban and suburban growth. Its definition here ranges from urban intensification to a suburban freeze on boundary expansions to increased open space for biodiversity in urban areas. Smart growth depends on your definition and view on…Read more

 
Regional Report
Tod and Place Making

The Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Region claims the most aggressive Transit Oriented Development (TOD) program in the U.S. Although Portland’s approach to TOD has evolved over the past 30 years, nearly every one of the region’s light rail (LRT) stops has witnessed TOD development activity. A common street space provides a…Read more

 
Regional Report
When Does the Liability End?

Forty years ago, I took a couple hundred of my hard-earned dollars and bought my first car. I bought it from a dealer who was subsequently prosecuted for sales tax fraud and declared bankruptcy before he went to jail. The car was an Austin. It was a grey-blue color —…Read more


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