Brownfields

Now Accepting Applications for Site ASsistance 

The Chittenden County Brownfields Program is now accepting applications! See below for details »

The goal of the Chittenden County Brownfields Program is to help properties that are vacant or underutilized because of potential petroleum or hazardous substance contamination get put to productive use again. To accomplish this goal, the CCRPC administers the Chittenden County Brownfields Program, which:

  • Educates municipalities, businesses, property owners and the public about brownfields;
  • Assists property owners and potential developers by conducting environmental studies and/or draft site clean-up plans and cost estimates;
  • Assists property owners and potential developers by helping identify sources of potential funding to clean up and redevelop the property.

Since 2006, the Brownfields Program has funded assessment at over a dozen sites. To learn more, download the Chittenden County Brownfields Program Brochure.

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:
HOW TO APPLY »
ADVISORY COMMITTEE »
RESOURCES »
CONTACT »


Now Accepting Applications for Site Assistance 

The Chittenden County Brownfields Program is now accepting applications!  If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance below and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form.

  1. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
    If your property is suspected to have contamination issues, an initial study called a “Phase I Environmental Site Assessment” can be completed. A Phase I uses historical records review, site visits and interviews of past tenants, and the result is an opinion as to whether there is the potential for contamination on the site. If the Phase I determines that there is a potential for contamination at the site, a Phase II will be needed.
  2. Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
    After a Phase I ESA has been completed, a “Phase II Environmental Site Assessment” establishes the type, degree and extent of contamination on the site. A Phase II uses soil and groundwater testing, soil sampling and lab analysis. Based on the results of a Phase II, a Corrective Action Plan can be developed.
  3. Corrective Action Plan  (CAP)
    Once the Phase I and Phase II have determined the type, degree and extent of site contamination, a Correction Action Plan is developed for the site. Depending on the type of contamination, corrective action may range from leaving the contamination in place and monitoring it regularly to removing the contamination completely.
  4. Archaeological Resources/Historic Preservation Issues 
    With certain properties, State or Federal authorities may also require an assessment of archeological resources or a review pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Site Selection Principles and Evaluation Criteria
After submission of a Site Nomination/Assistance Request Form, CCRPC staff will score the nomination using these Evaluation Criteria and consult with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staff to determine eligibility for program funding. Applicants may be asked to make a presentation to the Brownfields Advisory Committee. Using the Program’s Site Selection Principles, the Committee will then review the nomination form, the evaluation scoring, the results of staff consultations and any other pertinent information and make a recommendation to CCRPC staff whether to support the request and, if so, to what degree.


Advisory Committee

The Chittenden County Brownfields Program is managed by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, with guidance from the Brownfields Advisory Committee. The Brownfields Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from a variety of local and regional organizations. Current members for FY17 are as follows:

  • CCRPC Staff: Dan Albrecht & Emily Nosse-Leirer
  • City of Burlington: Kirsten Merriman-Shapiro
  • City of Winooski: TBD
  • Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation: Curt Carter, Chair
  • Lake Champlain Basin Program: Matt Vaughan, Vice Chair
  • Marcel Beaudin, AIA Emeritus
  • Redstone: Justin Dextradeur
  • University of Vermont: Dr. Pablo Bose
  • Vermont Dept. of Economic Development: Brett Long, ex officio
  • Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation: Patricia Coppolino, ex-officio
  • Vermont Department of Health: Razelle Hoffman-Contois

Meetings of the Brownfields Advisory Committee are typically held at the call of the chair, generally on a Monday afternoon at the CCRPC offices. The Committee provides guidance on program priorities, outreach, site selection and hiring consultants to conduct assessments.  Agendas and meeting materials are posted below.

Meetings

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – September 11, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – July 10, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – April 10, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – April 3, 2017, 3:00-4:30pm 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – February 13, 2017, 3:00-4:30pm 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – January 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – December 12, 2016, 12:30-1:30pm 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – November 15, 2016, 2:30-3:15pm 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – October 28, 2016, 1:00-2:30pm 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – October 14, 2016, 10:00-11:30am 
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – September 12, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Contois Auditorium (City Hall, Burlington)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – August 8, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

Brownfields Advisory Committee Meeting – June 27, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
CCRPC Office (110 West Canal Street, Winooski)

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Current and Prior Grants

Since its inception, the program has utilized three major grants. Details on the grants’ accomplishments are noted in the links below:


 Resources


CONTACT

For more information about the Chittenden County Brownfields Program, contact Dan Albrecht, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846-4490 ext. *29, or Emily Nosse-Leirer, CCRPC Planner, at (802) 846-4490 ext. *15.

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