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Points of Attention in Designing Tools for Regional Brownfield Prioritization
Limasset, E., L. Pizzol, C. Merly, A. Gatchett, C. Le Guern, S. Martinát, P. Klusáček, AND S. Bartke. Points of Attention in Designing Tools for Regional Brownfield Prioritization. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier BV, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, 622:997-1008, (2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.168
This paper discusses the challenges and tools to support the prioritization of brownfield regeneration at a regional scale. It is noted that many tools are available to support decision in selecting the most beneficial sites which can be economical but also environmental (e.g. hazard prevention) or social (e.g. well being. This paper focuses on discussing critical Points of Attention (PoA) for the design, the development and the operation of such regional prioritization approaches.
Abstract: This contribution discusses how to develop and run tools to support the prioritization of brownfield investments or actions on a regional scale - an important level of land-use management, where, however, we find hardly available tool support to decision makers to steer selection of most profitable sites. This paper focuses on discussing critical Points of Attention (PoA) for the design of such regional prioritization approaches. We have identified significant PoA that challenge the design of tools based on 1) a review of the state of the art in literature, 2) the stakeholders needs, 3) available tools, and 4) lessons learned from the development of regional brownfield (BF) prioritization processes, frameworks and tools. Our analysis yields a deeper understanding of critical PoA, namely 1) Assessing end user needs and orientation discussions, 2) Availability and quality of the data needed to for the BF prioritization tool, 3) Communication and stakeholder engagement 4) Drivers of regeneration success, and 5) Financing and application costs. We elaborate on each of these in detail and discuss how the PoA are linked to one another. We have been able to identify general patterns and challenges that can be considered in future tool design. It is most important to start the process of tool development with a proper framing in order to guarantee clarity of for who, for what the tool is to be applied. The framing will condition the attractiveness of the tool for end-users and stakeholders and its corresponding fundings, its design, functionalities with respect to the best success regeneration drivers. Such tools will benefit from lending themselves to greater political willingness to support such projects by promoting incentives (legal and financial). Furthermore, careful consideration is needed for mutualisation in particular data sharing, stakeholder trust and engagement, and co-ownership facilitated through private/public partnership and co-funding.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT