What Is The Community Involvement Plan?
Because local communities have a vested economic and social interest in brownfields redevelopment, federal and state environmental statutes provide for community involvement in decisions surrounding cleanup of contaminated properties. In fact, case study shows that the most successful local programs are initiated by private and public sector community leaders working together in a concerted effort.
Fostering an open process and opportunities for public involvement in each BRLF project is required. A process involving the community in the decision-making from the outset will help ensure that the cleanup and redevelopment addresses community needs and has community support, thus making the project more likely to succeed.
As part of participating in the BRLF loan program, each borrower will be asked to prepare a site-specific Community Involvement Plan. A step-by-step Community Involvement Plan Guide is available to assist you with this process. In addition, a 30-day public comment period for community review of the proposed cleanup alternatives is required.
The Community Involvement Plan must contain a site description, discuss the prepared cleanup plan with alternatives, propose a schedule for the cleanup, and provide background on the community, including its concerns and issues.