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, of which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse 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.

The above information is from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on brownfields:

EPA Brownfield Site – https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/overview-epas-brownfields-program

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)

  • Nine coalition meetings have been held (december 2017-April 2019).
  • Inventory work completed for focus areas.
  • Public Involvement Plan, Site Nomination Form, and other deliverables completed.
  • Quarterly report submitted to EPA.
  • Brownfields Advisory Committee (BAC) held on June 13th, 2018.
  • Field visit with EPA and DEQ in August 2018.
  • Public meetings held in September 2018 in Grants Pass and Medford.
  • Class held with Rogue Valley Realtors in September 2018.
  • 7 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and 6 Phase II ESAs have been approved by the coalition and are in various stages of completion.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

Coalition Meeting 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at RVCOG -Wednesday, October 29th, 2019

Project Contact:

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

General Information and Resources

To learn more about brownfields, click on the links and videos below:

https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Hazards-and-Cleanup/env-cleanup/Pages/Brownfields.aspx

https://www.orinfrastructure.org/Infrastructure-Programs/Brownfields/

Video on brownfields and the Eugene-Springfield-Lane County Coalition: