Brownfields are abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

 – US Environmental Protection Agency

One of the legacies of Vermont’s industrial heritage has been the challenge of reusing abandoned sites. Developers find it easier to build on open pastures or green fields instead of purchasing an existing “brownfields” site in a town or village.  Developers have tended to avoid the liabilities attached to contaminated sites and the high costs of cleanup.

To help bring abandoned and underutilized sites back into reuse, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) has received funds from the U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Assessment Grant Program. The Central Vermont Brownfields Program grants funds to conduct site assessments and related activities at brownfields sites to determine whether a site is, in fact, contaminated.

The overall goal of the Brownfields Program is to return sites with real or perceived contamination to the marketplace or to be reused for the public good such as parks or green space. The program will provide landowners with a better understanding of the funding sources, benefits, tax incentives, liabilities, insurance protection, and other tools available to redevelop sites.

This project is led by the CVRPC Brownfields Advisory Committee whose membership consists of representatives from towns, financial institutions, community development groups, chamber of commerce, law professionals and other interested parties.

For more information about the Brownfields Program, please contact:

Clare Rock

You can also link to VT DEC Brownfields Program and the Vermont Brownfields Handbook