Getting the Public Involved
Community opinion and involvement is vital to the success of Brownfields restoration. The EPA Brownfields grant must engage as many members of the community as possible to be successful.
When Brownfields studies identify environmental issues, the solution is always a balance between cost and community benefit. The method of environmental restoration affects the type and amount of cleanup needed, if any. For example, properties restored to business use often require less cleanup than for private home construction. You can help Springfield determine the needs of our community as part of these decisions.
In seeking environmental solutions in support of redevelopment, the grant can incorporate your ideas in seeking the proper balance between protecting human health and the environment and an overall redevelopment strategy to create jobs, generate tax revenues and attract new residents and businesses.
How Can You Help?
Springfield asks that you be involved. Be a part of balanced solutions through written or e-mail comments, attend public meetings, attend Outreach activities sponsored by the grant, or attend the Jordan Valley Resource Day. These activities will assist you to understand the process and help shape the progress of our community’s redevelopment efforts.
- Grants Presentation from Brownfields Public Meeting, 11.6.08 (5.8mb)
- Printable Brownfield's Brochure (794k)
- Municipal Government Academy Brownfields Presentation (1.1mb)
- A Vision for Jordan Valley (9.1 mb)
How Can You Get Involved?
The EPA requires cities receiving Brownfields grant money to involve members of the community. This occurs by providing opportunities for citizens to educate themselves on Brownfields redevelopment and participate in their community effort. The following opportunities will be available to help engage our citizens in this community effort:
- Public Meetings
- Printed Fact Sheets
- Newspaper Public Notices
- City/Project Website
- City Contact Persons
- Watch for Highlights on CityView
Remember: Be a part of our community Brownfield solutions!