The Coalition has supported and helped to develop several tools that local jurisdictions can use to incentivize brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. It also has several priorities and goals for continuing to support tools and legislative actions for the coming years.
Goals for 2017-2018
In 2017, the Coalition is reviewing a state income tax credit study to see how it could help incentivize brownfield cleanup and redevelopment statewide. Similar tax credits elsewhere have created thousands of jobs with relatively little public investment. Other Coalition goals for 2017-2018 include:
- Providing technical assistance to communities considering land-bank formation or adopting local tax incentives, according to laws passed by the Oregon legislature in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
- Evaluating the feasibility of brownfields regulatory enhancements such as strengthening the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ’s) current “Off-Site Migration Policy” by adding its components to statute.
- Assisting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in its study of a single, coordinated cleanup review process, as authorized under Oregon House Bill 2968 (2017).
The coalition is currently reviewing a tax credit study by the Legislative Revenue Office to inform a more detailed conversation during the 2017 legislative session. Read more...
In 2015, the coalition introduced a bill in the Oregon Legislature asking lawmakers to authorize local governments to create land banks that can acquire and hold polluted properties to aid in their future redevelopment. The coalition also supported a successful $7 million recapitalization of a state fund that provides loans for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. Read more...
In 2016, the coalition supported legislative efforts to give local communities the ability to create new property tax incentives to advance brownfield cleanup and redevelopment that fits their needs. Read more...
Integrated Cleanup Process Study
In 2017, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 2968 which proposes a study by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of a single, coordinated cleanup process.