Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020

NACOG  and the Arizona Route 66 Brownfields Coalition is asking property owners, developers, and members of the public to nominate sites in Coconino and Yavapai Counties for the purpose of transforming them from environmental liabilities to community assets. 

A Brownfield site is a property where development, expansion, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. 

The Arizona Route 66 Coalition (a coalition of northern Arizona governments consisting of Coconino County, Yavapai County, City of Flagstaff, City of Winslow, and Town of Camp Verde) has been established to create an inventory of Brownfield sites for environmental assessment with the goal of future redevelopment and community revitalization.  

NACOG, on behalf of the Arizona Route 66 Coalition, has been awarded a $600,000 grant through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Program to inventory, prioritize, and assess Brownfield sites through community engagement.  Public meetings will be held for citizen input and a community-based advisory committee will be formed to help with the process.  The grant is being managed by NACOG with assistance from Stantec, an environmental consulting team. 

“The Coalition’s goal is to assess underutilized properties that can be redeveloped and transformed to support local and regional economic growth, while protecting public health,” said NACOG Executive Director Chris Fetzer.  “Local knowledge and public input are important in helping the Coalition identify potential sites.”

NACOG has launched a new website designed to educate the public about the program.  This website also provides property owners and citizens with the necessary tools to begin the application process for nominating sites for environmental assessment.  The website (https://www.nacog.org/departments/Route-66-Brownfield-Site-Revitalization) contains a wealth of information, including fact sheets, site assessment guide, Brownfield site examples, FAQs, videos, and a site nomination form.

For more information visit /departments/Route-66-Brownfield-Site-Revitalization