NARC Issues Statement in Support of Brownfields

Last month, two House panels heard from local officials how important the program has been to protecting cities and counties from liability concerns as these sites are rehabilitated and made available for redevelopment. NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee that successes in Cleveland depended on federal support to reduce the risks to cities and developers from working with contaminated real estate. Leon County, Florida Commissioner John Dailey, testifying on behalf of the National Association of Counties (NACo), highlighted the pivotal role counties play in brownfields redevelopment projects, as counties are often responsible for local land use planning, zoning, environmental enforcement and monitoring, and economic development.

NARC provided examples of the value of the program to regional councils in a statement. Since its creation, the program has provided crucial assistance to local governments for reclaiming hazardous, polluted, and underutilized properties. For additional information on our advocacy efforts, please see NARC’s Statement to the Record and a joint letter requesting specific improvements to the program put out by NARC, NLC, NACo, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in late March. See also, House T&I Committee hearing and House Energy Commerce hearing on reauthorization of the programs.

NARC is also hosting a webinar on Technical Assistance for Brownfield programs on April 20.

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