Coalition Brownfields Inventory and Assessment Program
The Brownsfield Assessment program can lead to underutilized, vacant, and abandoned properties being developed.
The program leads to eventual redevelopment providing jobs, new tax revenues, affordable housing, and recreational areas.
All properties public and private are eligible for participation in the program.

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What is a Brownfield?

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.  Information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on brownfields:

EPA Brownfield Site

Rogue Valley Coalition

Funding to complete a Brownfield Community Wide Assessment was received from EPA in October 2017. Coalition partners include the City of Medford, City of Central Point, City of Grants Pass, and Jackson County.

The program will look at sites that may be contaminated by petroleum or hazardous materials.  Any site, public or private, is eligible for consideration.  Funding from EPA will allow the program to:

  1. Inventory and prioritize brownfield sites
  2. Conduct Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
  3. Complete site-specific clean up or re-use plans
  4. Complete area wide planning (AWP) activities in focus areas
  5. Provide public outreach on the project and get community input on priorities through a Brownfields Advisory Committee

Project Updates and Products

Public Involvement Plan (Draft)

Site Nomination Form – Public and Private Properties

Project Activity (October 2017 to present)

  • Coalition meetings were held in December 2017,  January, March, April, July, and August 2018.
  • Inventory work completed for focus areas.
  • Public Involvement Plan, Site Nomination Form, and other deliverables completed.
  • Quarterly report submitted to EPA through December 2017.
  • Brownfields Advisory Committee (B.A.C.) held on June 13th.
  • Field visit with EPA and DEQ in August 2018.
  • First site nominated for Phase I ESA funding.  Request approved by the Coalition and EPA (Eligibility Determination).
  • Public meetings held September 19th in Grants Pass and Medford.
  • Class held with Rogue Valley Realtors on September 20th.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

Project Contact:

Greg Stabach, RVCOG Natural Resources Program Manager (email), (541) 423-1370

General Information and Resources

To learn more about Brownfields and Brownfields, click on the links and videos below.

 

 

Video on Brownfields and the Eugene-Springfield-Lane County Coalition