Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Action 9 – Launch the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
The burden of a single large, blighted and/or contaminated site, or multiple blighted and/or contaminated sites concentrated within an area, can weigh down an entire community. With a strong focus on local partnerships among governments, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations, the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program will help create a shared vision for brownfields-impacted areas, such as neighborhoods, districts, city blocks, or corridors, and will ensure that site assessment and cleanup decisions are informed by reuse planning and supporting area-wide revitalization strategies. The Pilot Program will help successful applicants facilitate community involvement in:
- Advancing an ongoing planning process for area-wide assessment, cleanup, and reuse of single large brownfield sites or multiple brownfield sites.
- Developing an area-wide plan for the brownfields-impacted area.
- Determining next steps and identifying resources needed to implement the plan.
Through the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) will:
- Initiate 20 Brownfields community-level projects in brownfields-impacted areas as a part of an enhanced effort to benefit under-served and economically disadvantaged communities.
- Provide planning assistance, coordinate Brownfields enforcement, water, and air quality programs, and work with other federal agencies, states, tribes, and local governments to implement targeted environmental improvements identified in each community’s area-wide plan.
- Assist selected applicants with brownfields site cleanup and reuse planning within the context of neighborhood revitalization.