Brownfield Planning and Redevelopment
Brownfield planning and redevelopment is a collaborative process of examining site-specific environmental hazards, land use history, potential remediation methodologies, and overall community needs and goals for the surrounding area. They are considered a source of blight by communities and neighborhoods in which they are located. Redevelopment of such sites is critical to economic revitalization, sustainable growth, and community health initiatives.
A community’s brownfield redevelopment plan should identify and analyze demographic characteristics of the surrounding area, market feasibility of redevelopment scenarios, and environmental restrictions. Typically, this is a grassroots process that involves residents and stakeholders directly affected by the contaminated site, resulting in a redevelopment scenario that provides the highest and best use. Brownfield redevelopment planning involves providing a strategy for the creation of new jobs, remediation of contaminated sites, and sustainable development.
Each sustainable community oriented redevelopment plan developed by the Laberge Group incorporates specific activities, including:
- Demographic and economic profile.
- Community resources inventory.
- SWOT workshops.
- Retail market analysis.
- Pedestrian and bicycle access/facilities.
- Public transit improvements.
- Sustainable development/design.