Publications

The following resources by CCLR and others provide case studies, legal analysis, contacts, and more.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Prepared Workbook: Process for Risk Evaluation,  Property Analysis and Reuse Decisions

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Property acquisition is among the actions that local governments might take to bring about a desired reuse. This could involve retaining the property for some long-term public use, or assuming temporary ownership in order to clear title or otherwise prepare the property for transfer to private developers. Other non-acquisition options — such as leasing, transferring tax liens, or providing incentives — might also be used to facilitate redevelopment. Each of these actions, referred to in this Workbook as property recovery actions, carries its own set of risks and issues that must be considered. PREPARED (Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis and Reuse Decisions) is a risk management based approach to help municipalities evaluate potential property recovery actions for specific properties.

 

 

Center for Creative Land Recycling Fact Sheet: Land Recycling 101 (2016)

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What exactly is land recycling and what are brownfields? How does land get reused and why should you care? CCLR has developed short and easy to read guide that answers all of these critical questions as part of it's new Land Recycling Fact Sheet Series. CCLR is the oldest national nonprofit organization pioneering brownfield and infill development to promote human and environmental health and economic revitalization, but we can't do it without YOU! Local government and community members play a crucial role in the involvement is critical to garnering input and support for the sustainable and equitable redevelopment of underutilized or contaminated properties in your community. As a public official or local resident, you can organize educational forums, join local committees or testify at public hearings. As a community leader, you can become knowledgeable about environmental projects and the health and safety issues that impact your community and have an effective voice in planned development. As vested participants in the process, rather than bystanders, residents are more likely to actively support a remediation and development plan that actually meets the needs of the community as a whole.

 

 

Tackling Sea-Level Rise | Urban Land Institute (2014)

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In 2014, The Urban Land Institute of San Francisco (ULIsf) examined current subreginal resilience planning initiatives and resiliance-related development entitlement conditions in the Bay Area.  ULI conducted two forums highlighting different aspects of planning, foucusing on multijurisdictional, integrated initiatives and comparing several development projects, the conditions of their approval, and their entitlement process. The steering committee was composed of ULI members and actors in resilience activities in th Bay Area, including CCLR's Program Director - Ignacio Dayrit. This attached report summarizes the forum's conclusions and offers five key findings for consideration by communities and the private sector as they engage in efforts to increase the resiliance of comunities and private development.

 

 

Design + Remediation Exhibition (2014)

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The Design +Remediation Online Exhibition compiles a series of international design projects selected for their innovative application of a green solution to prevailing environmental obstacles. Each of these sites of environmental issue was remediated using novel techniques that contained areas of concern within the new site design, thus, eliminating the highly counterproductive process of removal.

 

 

Guide to Brownfields in New Jersey (2014)

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This guide has just been updated for 2014. Reflecting legal changes such as the need for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, this guide provides case studies, links to contacts and resources, and a helpful overview for understanding the redevelopment process. This is an invaluable guide for municipalities or community developers.

 

 

The Georgia Brownfields Program (2014)

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This booklet outlines the eligibility requirements, tax incentives, and application processes for the state of Georgia's current brownfield redevelopment programs. It also provides relevant contact information and other resources pertinent to the application process for participation in the state's programs.  

 

Live, Work, Play: Case Studies and Resources for Brownfield Redevelopment (2013)

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This booklet provides case studies of many different types of brownfield projects, with contact info for each. A great resource for ideas and advice regarding brownfield redevelopment. 

 

 

Selecting Consultants and Writing an RFP Webinar Slides (2013)

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These files are the slides for the "Writing an RFP and Selecting an Enviornmental Consultant" Webinar. The webinar contains links to Word and Excel files for example RFPs and RFQs. If you are not able to open the links form the slides, the same files are also here as a second PDF. Please contact Erin Franks at 415.398.1080 if you have any questions.

 

 

Redeveloping Brownfield Sites: A Regional Approach (2012)

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This short document provides an overview of the main issues to consider when beginning a brownfield redevelopment plan, with discussions of planning, stakeholder engagement, and technical assistance and funding available.

 
 
Federal Financial Resources For Brownfields (2012)

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This matrix identifies sources of federal funding and technical assistance available for brownfields redevelopment, including the type of assistance, eligibility requirements, funding amounts, deadlines and contacts.  

 

Center for Creative Land Recyling: Special Report (2009)

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This February 2009 report describes and illustrates progress on a number of CCLR projects, profiles new board members, and provides updates on several CCLR grant recipients.

 

 

Financial Resources for California Brownfields (2008)

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This packet provides an overview of the available financial mechanisms for funding brownfield redevelopment in California and describes several new and innovative programs. Many of the existing programs are in the form of loans, but there are also a number of grant programs. The packet describes some of the basic terms for accessing funds, relevant contacts, and available resources. This packet now includes a helpful summary chart of brownfield funding resources.

 

 

Center for Creative Land Recyling: Special Report (2008)

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This May 2008 report provides information about CCLR's Brownfield Loan Program, as well as updates on CCLR's Board of Directors and on CCLR's partner project with Habitat for Humanity. 

 

 

How Many Brownfields Does California Have? (2007)

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“Where are all the brownfields?” This question is posed frequently by environmental regulators, city planners, and academics alike, as they attempt to address the challenges that brownfields pose to the revitalization of our communities.

 

 

Center for Creative Land Recyling: Special Report (2007)

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This March 2007 report outlines the state of brownfield loan programs, and describes CCLR's involvement in revitalizing communities, reducing injustice, and reducing poverty through the transformation of blighted areas into new homes, businesses, and parks. 

 

 

The New Standard of Development (2007)

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As California runs out of green fields to build on in primary markets, developers are increasingly targeting less desirable, more complex sites either in dense urban locations or in outlying suburban markets.

 
 
California’s Brownfield Regulatory Agencies: Are All Cleanups Created Equal? (2006)

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In this study, CCLR compares cleanups overseen by the two state governmental entities responsible for overseeing brownfield remediation in California: the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Water Boards). The study’s findings show that voluntary, residentially driven brownfield cleanups overseen by either DTSC or by a Water Board are equally protective of human health and the environment. Both agencies derive their cleanup goals either from conservative standards or through Cal/EPA-accepted risk assessment processes and each agency’s cleanups achieved those goals with similarly high frequency.

 

 

Brownfield Redevelopment Case Studies (2000)

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This packet of case studies documents five projects that have received assistance through the Project Learning Program. In each of these stories, concerned citizens encountered obstacles and fought for redevelopment of brownfields. Several key themes emerge from all of the stories: the need for financial assistance for site investigation and remediation; the need for technical assistance to navigate the complex regulatory and remediation process; and the need for policy reform to protect community-based developers from liability for contamination caused by previous owners.

 

 

Strategies For Promoting Brownfield Reuse in California: A Blueprint for Policy Reform (1998)

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This is the second publication in the CCLR Policy Paper Series. This report analyzes California's existing brownfield initiatives in the light of brownfield programs in other states, and makes recommendations for state-level reforms to encourage and facilitate widespread reuse of contaminated sites. Access the text online or order the hard copy for your library.

 

 

Land Recycling and the Creation of Sustainable Communities (1998)

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This is the first publication in the CCLR Policy Paper Series. It outlines a strategy for ensuring prosperity and quality of life for Californians in the 21st Century. Access the text online or order the hard copy for your library.