Oregon Brownfield Coalition: New hope for polluted properties
Metro has convened a diverse coalition of public, private and nonprofit partners from around Oregon to address the state's brownfield challenge.
The Oregon Brownfield Coalition is working together to find strategies that address financial risks, liability and community interests. Through the right combination of incentives, funding and regulatory approaches, we can get more brownfields cleaned up and put to work for things communities need.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the Oregon Brownfield Coalition, and see a list of members, in this fact sheet: