Breakout Tracks

Track B: Approaches

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Monday, May 16, 2016
10:30 am-12:00 pm | Session 1


Turning Landfills into Community Assets

Much of the waste that is currently generated in our urban areas is shipped to a few massive repositories in remote locations that will be open for generations to come. But it wasn't always this way. Our landscapes are dotted with old landfills of various sizes, scales, and degrees of stability that were built over the last century as our region grew and our society modernized. In many areas, urbanization has grown up and around these formerly remote outposts, changing what were once anomalies on the landscape into puzzling gaps in the urban and suburban pattern. Many of these older landfills have been closed for decades and through settlement, off-gassing, and proper regulatory oversight now are increasingly being considered for redevelopment. In many cases, these old facilities also have lingered as liabilities and lost opportunities for their communities.

This session provides insight into how the state of Oregon is managing these legacy solid waste facilities and what they are doing to encourage their appropriate reuse. We also present the case studies of three landfills in Oregon that are in various stages of redevelopment, from planning to completion. The session will feature case studies from Bend, Portland, and Astoria. Each of these examples is unique and is presented from a different perspective: a non-profit organization, a consulting engineer, and public sector project managers.

Moderator: Seth Otto, Maul, Foster & Alongi

Speakers: Tony DeFalco, Living Cully; Stacy Frost, Maul Foster & Alongi; Heather Kuoppamaki, Solid Waste Orphan Account, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; Timm Schimke and James Lewis, Deschutes County; Chris Breemer, Cascadia Associates, Inc.


Monday, May 16, 2016
1:30-3:00 pm | Session 2


Revisiting Main Street, Historic Preservation, Downtown Planning and Brownfields

What's to be done with that old gas station in the middle of town? The former mill site turned illegal dump? How can downtown revitalization turn these legacy properties once again into productive community assets?

This session will discuss how Oregon's Main Street communities are taking advantage of funding and technical assistance programs to develop road maps for achieving their downtown revitalization goals and also implement them!

Moderator: Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Program Manager

Speakers: Joe Wall, City of Klamath Falls; Shawn Irvine, City of Independence; Kelly Haverkate, Dayton Community Development Association


Monday, May 16, 2016
3:30-5:00 pm | Session 3


Approaching Brownfields through a "Healthfields" Lens

Attendees will leave this session prepared to engage health partners in local projects. Engaging local health partners maximizes the benefits of brownfield redevelopment. Real world examples will demonstrate the contributions and value of health partners, particularly in projects that are financed in large part through public investment with requirements to produce public benefit (e.g., EPA brownfield grants, state grants/loans).

Moderator: Kari Christensen, Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Brownfields Initiative

Speakers: Annette Pampusch, Tillamook County Health Department and Rick Wadsworth/Josh Ahmann, Parametrix; Rick Partipilo, Linn County Health Department and Brigetta Olson, Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services; Matt Hoffman, Multnomah County Health Department


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
9:30-11:00 am | Session 5

Baker Class Video (66MB)

Engaging Community Creativity and Support to Achieve Brownfields Redevelopment Goals

Authentic and meaningful public involvement are key ingredients in transforming blighted properties into enduring community assets. Engaging citizens and community groups from the very beginning often creates new site uses that enhance livability for local residents and surrounding neighborhoods. This session will explore examples of brownfields public involvement in three small/rural Oregon communities.

Moderator: Gil Wistar, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Speakers: Donna Barnes, Ochoco Lumber Company; Michelle Amberg, City of Creswell; Megan Alameda, Baker Technical Institute


Tuesday, May 17, 2016
11:15 am-12:30 pm | Session 6


Utilizing Transportation Corridor Revitalization to Drive Brownfield Redevelopment

Historical community growth patterns have tended to concentrate auto-oriented and other commercial/industrial development along primary traffic corridors. As formerly vibrant transportation corridors age or are eclipsed by newer routes, underutilized properties and contaminated brownfields have become a common issue. This session will explore strategies, tools, opportunities, and challenges at the intersection of transportation revitalization initiatives and brownfields redevelopment.

Moderator: Carrie Rackey, Stantec Consulting Services

Speakers: Brian Harper, Metro; Annie Gorski, City of Salem; Emily Picha, ECONorthwest

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