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Brownfields 102 – Identification and Planning Webinar
May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The goal of this event is to increase the working knowledge of brownfields, their effects on economic development, and the policies and programs available to communities seeking to mitigate brownfield properties. Many planning professionals have very limited understanding of what constitutes a brownfield, and even less knowledge about the resources available to assist with remediation. This session will help planners see how they can better inventory brownfields in their community and incorporate planning techniques that will aid in the eventual restoration of those properties for viable reuse.
Amanda Heritt, a brownfield specialist with the firm Terracon, will review what constitutes a brownfield both legally and practically. This includes debunking the common perception that brownfields are only large, older industrial properties with obvious contamination issues because too often communities miss or overlook other properties that may pose potent threats or miss opportunities to help address properties that aren’t assumed eligible for brownfield assistance. She’ll also discuss the benefits of brownfield remediation–environmental, economic, and social–as well as review the various programs and resources available to help communities actively assess and treat targeted properties.
Adam Hazell, Planning Director for the GMRC, will then review their efforts to inventory and catalog potential and existing brownfields in the region and the overall strategy to assist communities with remediation. This will include discussion of specific projects and concepts for upcoming regional applications.
This event has been approved for 1 CM Credit for AICP. Please email Adam for registration and details on participation.