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Site Readiness Toolkit

Businesses need space to grow and flourish. Preparing land for future active use in the economy is a central step to fostering economic growth. The site readiness toolkit provides a guide to move underused land into active uses creating employment and economic growth in the Portland region.

Across Greater Portland, unused and underused lands could become locations for activities that generate employment and benefit the region’s economy. Comprised of the five task documents linked below, the site readiness toolkit provides a guide to prepare these lands for investment and active use. It is a collaboration between Greater Portland Inc, Metro, the Port of Portland and various regional partners. Cascadia Partners LLC provided support as a consultant to the team.

The toolkit, published in September 2020, stems from previous collaborations with regional partners, going back to 2017 and the Regional Industrial Site Readiness Inventory. It provides analysis and references data available in Metro’s Economic Value Atlas and Equitable Development Index Tool. It incorporates models that consider how to advance equity outcomes in connection to the development of employment lands. It confronts seven specific site readiness challenges:

  • Site assembly/aggregation
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural resource mitigation
  • Local entitlements
  • Redevelopment
  • Brownfield remediation
  • Gravel pit conversion.
Explore the toolkit documents by clicking the links below:
  1. National Best Practices for Site Development
  2. New Site Development Real Estate and Finance Tools
  3. Modifications to Existing Development Tools
  4. Development Roadmaps
  5. Employment Land Site Readiness Toolkit Executive Summary
  6. Regional Industrial Site Readiness Inventory
Questions? Contact Brittany Bagent, GPI's VP of Strategy.

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