|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||13 May 2005 12:30:07 -0000|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-IRF] Hill briefing on BRAC|
The following response was submitted by Bryan Barnhouse of the
International City/County Management Association (ICMA):|
The article that Lenny referenced appeared in the May 12 edition of The Hill, the newspaper for and about the US Congress. In it, the author referenced an ICMA and VA-Tech Metropolitan Institute co-sponsored base reuse briefing before the Livable Communities Task Force as convened by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Capitol Hill, May 10th. The article did a great job capturing remarks from Aimee Houghton, CPEO, concerning environmental contamination and Defense Department liability and those of David Limardi, city manager of Highland Park, IL, and ICMA member and vice president, concerning the challenges the city faced with the Army's BRAC disposal process.
However, it neglected to reference a number of successful base reuse strategies, techniques, and conditions mentioned by all three briefing panelists, including those of Greg Morrell, Lennar-LNR. For instance, the private sector view that workable zoning plans serve as a key contributor to military property redevelopment. Ms. Houghton cited how restoration advisory boards (RABs) that work closely with the local redevelopment authorities (LRAs), and engage citizens and long-term stakeholders on environmental cleanup can be effective. Mr. Limardi, offering the municipal perspective, advised congressional staff on how important it is for local jurisdictions to acquire expert advisors and facilitate open communication between residents, the military, and the city.
Additionally, all the panelists identified ways in which Congress could help improve the base reuse process. The recommendations included support for Congress to encourage the military services to conduct more comprehensive environmental baseline surveys (EBSs) the first time around. The private sector would like Congress to appropriate more funding to the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) for planning assistance grants. Last, but not least, Congress has the ability to establish single points of contact who can translate BRAC statutes, rules, and regulations, which should include a clear and well-defined property disposal process, for local communities.
An article with full details of the base reuse briefing and experiences and suggestions from the panelists is forthcoming.
Bryan J. Barnhouse International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Military Programs - Base Reuse Consortium 777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20002 Office (202) 962-3613 Fax (202) 962-3605 firstname.lastname@example.org www.icma.org/military
Lenny Siegel wrote:
[One of the most interesting lessons from the briefing described below is that representatives of the private sector, local government, and public stakeholders have reached essentially the same conclusions from previous base closure rounds. - LS]
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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