Baltic Urban Lab has published a guide – Towards integrated and partnership-based planning of brownfields areas. The guide is targeted to urban planners and other experts interested to learn more how to develop brownfield areas in cooperation with citizens, NGOs, land-owners, developers and other stakeholders.
The revitalisation of a brownfield is a complex process. It requires both dealing with the site’s past and planning for the future of the site. At the same time, it is necessary to manage and plan the transformation process and to find a common long-term vision in cooperation with stakeholders in terms of how the site should be developed.
Fragmented land-ownership of the brownfield sites, the large amount of stakeholders having interested in the site and the lack of a common vision for development among the stakeholders does not facilitate the development process. In addition, due to possible contamination of soil, environmental and financial risks related to the development are high.
Close cooperation and partnerships between different actors from the beginning of the redevelopment process are key to tackling challenges.
How to use the guide?
The guide is divided in two main sections:
Section 1: Internal organization and preparation focuses on improving internal processes and cooperation within local administration, which sets a solid base for a participatory planning process.
Section 2: Cooperating with stakeholders provides guidance on how to work with stakeholders.
The guide is based on practical experiences of Baltic Urban Lab cities Norrköping, Tallinn, Turku and Riga and on a broad dialogue with different planners and experts around the Baltic Sea Region. It guide provides real world case examples from different cities about implementing public-private-people partnership models along with tips for further reading and useful tools.
The guide is available in English, Finnish, Estonia, Latvian and Swedish.