Steps to Apply for Entry into the Brownfields Redevelopment Section's Program

Shown below are the steps to applying for entry into the Brownfields Redevelopment Section's program.

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Shown below are the steps to applying for entry into the Brownfields program:

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If you have MS Word, you may download the MS Word Form and use MS Word to fill it out (Downloading the form in PDF format will require that the form be filled out by hand). The form can then be returned via mail. Please note that attachments to the application form include the Eligibility Affidavit which must be signed and notarized, and the Preliminary Proposed Brownfields Agreement which must be initialed (Be advised that the Preliminary Proposed Brownfields Agreement attachment is primarily an informational form for the Section to use in generating the brownfields agreement itself and is not the actual brownfields agreement that will be signed by DEQ.). The Section will use the information contained in this application, and possibly information from other DEQ agencies, to determine the statutory eligibility of the site for a brownfields agreement.

a.   A Letter of Eligibility (LOE) indicating that the property is eligible for continued negotiations towards a brownfields agreement. Upon receipt of this eligibility letter, the initial statutory fee of $2,000 is due to the Section from the prospective developer. The prospective developer also needs to submit any and all environmental data it has or can obtain regarding the site.

b.   A letter of deficiency indicating that the submitted application is deficient in some manner and eligibility cannot be determined at which time additional information or corrections may be requested by the Section and then corrected by the applicant prospective developer; or

c.   A letter indicating that the property is ineligible for a brownfields agreement.

The Section may require additional assessment be conducted by the applicant to fill those gaps. Depending on the situation, such assessment may be required prior to completion of a draft brownfields agreement or as part of the brownfields agreement requirements.

These items could include land use restrictions, remedial actions or a combination of both. It is forwarded to the prospective developer.

The statutory ancillary documents are prepared (including a property plat, and the Notice of Intent to Redevelop a Brownfields Property) and this brownfields package noticed to the public and opened for public comment for a minimum of 30 days.

With the receipt of public comment or request for a public meeting, the Section will determine any necessary changes to the brownfields agreement and whether those changes warrant further public comment period or whether it is possible for DEQ and the applicant to execute the agreement after the appropriate changes are made.

Presently this second fee is $6,000, subject to negotiation in the brownfields agreement. Should the prospective developer choose to negotiate changes to the agreement that necessitate evaluation by the Department of Justice, additional fees shall apply.

Once implemented, brownfields agreements with Land Use Restrictions do require annual certifications (known as a Land Use Restriction Update) by the property owner that the restrictions are in place, recorded at the register of deeds, and are being complied with.