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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Redevelopment, Urban planning -- Oregon -- Portland


Urban growth boundaries are intended to encourage more development within the existing developed areas and save rural lands from urban sprawl. If this is true, why are there so many large areas of vacant land in the very heart of Portland? It is very likely that these vacant parcels of land are associated with the term "brownfields."

Brownfields are properties where expansion or development is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination on the site. Current owners, prospective purchasers, prospective lenders and neighbors have concerns about redeveloping brownfields. In many cases, these concerns cause properties to become abandoned or put to uses well below their full potential. Brownfields carry with them many obstacles that suppress economic growth. Yet, due to their locations, these sites also hold great promise for future redevelopment. This resource manual is designed to help citizens overcome obstacles and realize the potential of Portland's brownfields.

Community Solutions is designed to allow those just entering the redevelopment process a basic understanding of important brownfield topics. Resources and contacts for these topics are found at the bottom of each section, including a variety of organizations, publications, internet websites, and key individuals who can assist you.


Clients: The Portland Brownfield Initiative, Bureau of Transportation and City of Portland

The Portland Brownfield Initiative is a pilot project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield Economic Redevelopment Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to assist local communities, businesses and governments to identify key obstacles to brownfield redevelopment.


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