Community Participation in Brownfield Redevelopment
Brownfields are industrial properties, often contaminated, that
are no longer in use. Redeveloping brownfields, which are many
times well located in city centers, can help revitalize communities
and fight sprawl – without destroying more open space.
While much attention has been paid to developing incentives and
policies to promote brownfields redevelopment, most efforts have
focused on reducing the legal and financial barriers to redevelop
properties. Community involvement is often touted as important,
but there is little attention to how this might be achieved, and
meaningful and effective community partnerships continue to be
lacking in many plans.
To remedy this, the Pacific Institute authored, “Brownfields
Redevelopment: Meeting the Challenge of Community Participation.”
This report was meant as a resource for community groups who want
to participate in brownfields redevelopment and it summarizes
Brownfields are an important resource that cities and towns must
make better use of. But to ensure that development is
fair, the community must be involved.