CCLR is available on a consultant basis to a diverse range of groups seeking assistance in brownfield redevelopment planning, implementation, and problem solving. Clients typically include municipalities, redevelopment agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups, community development corporations, and affordable housing developers.

Discounted or pro bono services may be arranged for qualified organizations based on project merit and the demonstration of need. Pro bono assistance is also available to projects through our Project Learning Program, which is designed to assist projects in need of assistance while studying the obstacles brownfield in redevelopment, seeking and testing solutions, and informing the practice of development and policy.


Assisting Projects, Sharing Knowledge

Through the Project Learning Program (PLP) CCLR offers pro bono technical assistance to help projects achieve specific goals in land recycling and brownfield redevelopment. In addition to providing much needed technical support, PLP aims to study the nature of the problems preventing land reuse, test proposed solutions on selected projects, develop replicable approaches to help bring future brownfield redevelopment projects to fruition, and to use the knowledge gathered to inform the development of practice and policy changes.

Learning from the Process

The lessons learned from each project are captured in case studies, published by CCLR. These case studies serve as an educational tool for stakeholders interested in land recycling, and also illustrate areas where State public policy reform is lacking in the promotion of brownfield redevelopment.

Advisory Services

CCLR provides technical assistance in the following areas: 

  • Feasibility studies
  • Strategic planning and execution 
  • Site selection, project design and management 
  • Environmental site assessment, due diligence, and reporting
  • Environmental planning and management 
  • Remedial action planning
  • Financial resources and liability insurance
  • Regulatory facilitation 
  • Risk management 
  • Community involvement

Eligible Awardees 

  • Local governments 
  • Redevelopment agencies 
  • Community development corporations 
  • Nonprofit developers 
  • Local community-based organizations

PLP Criteria

CCLR awards PLP assistance to projects that will serve as models of sustainable development and: 

•   Develop reuse strategies for blighted or abandoned sites or buildings (e.g., brownfields, old factories, and decommissioned landfills). 

•   Undertake development opportunities that were previously passed over because of perceived or actual contamination issues. 

•   Restart projects that have stalled due to remediation or regulatory issues.

In awarding PLP assistance, CCLR seeks projects that: 

•   Benefit the local community, build on local strengths, recognize local needs, and are based on community participation at all stages. Though not a requirement, project sites can be located within designated redevelopment areas, specific plan areas, empowerment zones, enterprise communities, or other economically distressed areas. 

•   Present challenges involving entitlements, permitting zoning, planning, or financing. 

•   Face difficult environmental regulatory issues or have complex remediation situations that may hinder the project's economic feasibility. 

•   Promote urban economic development and density, help curb sprawl, demonstrate innovative design, or have other unique aspects that can serve as a model of sustainable development to others. 

•  Have site access for environmental investigation, preferably where the sponsor owns the site or has a contract pending to own or lease the site.


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To learn more about the Project Learning Program, please contact Ignacio Dayrit at 415-398-1080 x107

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