Serving Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union Counties in North Carolina

A Regional Brownfield Redevelopment Program

Regional Brownfield Program Vision: Brownfield redevelopment will contribute to vibrant communities and a sustainable, healthy environment.

The Benefits of a Regional Brownfield Program

A regional approach to Brownfield redevelopment offers advantages to all of us.

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What are Brownfields?

Brownfields are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use. However, expansion or redevelopment of these facilities  may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

Cleaning up and re-investing in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off green spaces and working lands.

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What is a Brownfield Agreement?

A brownfields agreement limits the liability and risk attached to a site, allowing a new owner to obtain financing and insurance.  The program is administered by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR).  The Department and the developer have an agreement whereby the new owner agrees to complete actions that NCDENR has determined necessary to make the property suitable for a specific, proposed development.

In return, NCDENR agrees to limit the liability of the prospective developer to those actions described in the agreement. This allows the prospective developer to go to a lending institution with a defined, instead of an open-ended, liability for environmental cleanup. Through such agreements, redevelopment at these brownfields sites will be encouraged, lessening the incentive for developers to move into "green fields" areas. While these defined liability benefits are extended to the prospective developer, the brownfields agreement in no way changes the legal liability for the responsible parties at the site. (


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