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Unpublished Paper
Public Participation in Brownfield Redevelopment: A Framework for Community Empowerment in Zoning Practices
ExpressO (2013)
  • Jenny J. Tang
Abstract
This paper discusses the importance of brownfield redevelopment in the context of the environmental justice movement. It emphasizes that the goals of environmental justice advocates and attorneys should include promoting the interests of the community in order to achieve environmental and procedural equity. This paper argues that the only way to adequately promote these goals is to allow for maximum public participation, which would include community empowerment practices and an eye towards the problems inherent in public participation. Because brownfield remediation provisions and programs rarely provide for adequate public participation, this paper argues that zoning practices can be employed as a vehicle for increasing community participation. Traditional land-use law speaks to environmental justice issues, and it also provides the community with other avenues for involvement in brownfield redevelopment. This paper’s moderate framework for fostering adequate public participation should still be applied to zoning practices, by environmental justice advocates and attorneys alike.
Keywords
  • brownfield,
  • urban revitalization,
  • urban redevelopment,
  • brownfield redevelopment,
  • public participation,
  • land use planning,
  • community empowerment,
  • environmental justice,
  • zoning,
  • gentrification
Disciplines
Publication Date
January 16, 2013
Citation Information
Jenny J. Tang. "Public Participation in Brownfield Redevelopment: A Framework for Community Empowerment in Zoning Practices" ExpressO (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jenny_tang/1/