Brownfields redevelopment has transformed blighted, contaminated properties throughout Oakland into safe, vibrant elements of the City fabric. Former Oakland brownfields are now home to thousands of new housing units, tens of thousands of square feet of new retail space and several acres of new waterfront parks and trails. The City of Oakland has been a partner in many of these transformations, and is committed to working with neighborhood organizations, developers and environmental regulatory agencies to build upon these successes.
The environmental regulatory framework in Oakland, and California in general, is complicated. Following are the regulatory agencies that typically oversee brownfield projects:
- Department of Toxic Substances Control (primarily soil cases, military bases and school sites)
- Regional Water Quality Control Board (primarily groundwater and surface water cases)
- Alameda Country Environmental Health (soil and groundwater cases of all kinds)
- Oakland Fire Department (underground tank removals only)