Ater Wynne Partner shapes and moves new land bank bill through the legislature

By Alyssa Stibolt Cicero
June 23, 2015

With the Oregon Senate’s approval of House Bill 2734 today, Land Bank Authority legislation is on its way to the governor.  Doug MacCourt, a partner with Ater Wynne LLP in Portland and one of the founding members of the Oregon Brownfield Coalition, helped draft and pass HB 2734 to give local governments across Oregon a new tool in cleaning up and redeveloping the state’s estimated 13,000 contaminated properties or “Brownfields.”

For more information, please call Mr. MacCourt at 503-226-8672.

Doug MacCourt, Ater Wynne Partner and Chair of the Land Use and Redevelopment practice, played a key role in drafting and supporting this new bill through the legislature. Mr. MacCourt has been a leader in brownfields legislation starting with Oregon’s landmark revision to cleanup laws in 1995.  Doug was a member of Oregon’s first Brownfields Task Force, created by the 1995 legislature, whose recommendations included the establishment of the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund and other cleanup funding sources at Business Oregon. In the 1990’s, Mr. MacCourt created and managed the City of Portland Brownfield Redevelopment Program where he successfully negotiated and implemented redevelopment of residential, commercial, mixed use, industrial and transportation projects throughout the Metro area.

“Oregon’s Land Bank Authority will be the first of its kind in the U.S focused solely on the cleanup and reuse of brownfields” according to MacCourt.  “The Oregon Brownfields Coalition also supports the recapitalization of Business Oregon’s Brownfields Redevelopment Fund and will continue its efforts on tax incentives to promote community revitalization of brownfields across the state.”  

Here is the full news release from the Oregon State Legislature.