Public Outreach Efforts A Bridge to the Future of Brownfields in Delaware
Delaware Brownfields - Where Are We Today? • Plans in place for redevelopment with all stakeholders • Regulators, Consultants, Developers & Communities • Liability Incentives (BDA and VCP) • Reduced Uncertainty in Site Cleanup Process • Brownfield Development Program (BDP) • Financial Incentives • Grants & Loans • Numerous Success Stories • Thousands of Potential Sites • Completed Redevelopment of 50+ Sites
Where Do We Want to be Tomorrow? • Assist in Creating Sustainable Communities Throughout Delaware • Efficient Use of Land Supply • Restricting Urban Sprawl • Protecting Existing Urban Greenbelts • Integral to Governor Minner’s “Livable Delaware Agenda
The Problem The Message of our Value is not Reaching to All of the Right People!
Who are the Right People? • Holders of the Purse Strings • State Assembly • Office of State Planning • DelDOT • Ag Land Use Planning & Preservation • Community Organizations • Municipalities
What is the Value? • Environmental Cleanup • Restored Value vs. Impaired Value • Employment • Tax Revenues • “Cohesiveness” of Development • Use of Existing Transportation and Utility Resources • A Canadian report in 2002 found that every $1 spent on Brownfield redevelopment generates an additional $3.80 in the output plus $0.22 in federal tax revenues. Thus the net “cost” is $0.78, with a net ROI of 387%,
Public Outreach is a Step in the Right Direction Definition – A group’s planned, active and continuing participation within a community to maintain and enhance it’s image to the benefit of both the group and the community. Role: • Understanding current opinions and trends • Developing policies that steer these opinions in concert with stated goals
Elements of A Public Outreach Program • Determine the Attitudes of the “Right People” Towards the Brownfields Program • Formulate Overall Strategy w/ Internal and External Elements • Create “Means” of Influencing and Improving Attitudes • Independent Evaluation of Brownfields ROI in Delaware • Coordination with other DNREC and State Initiatives • Carry Out Planned Activities • Feedback/Evaluation/Adjustment