Brownfields

LATEST NEWS

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

Brownfields Advisory Committee agendas, minutes and meeting materials are available below »

View a map of past and current projects we have supported.

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 thirty sites. To learn more, download the Chittenden County Brownfields Program Brochure.

SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON:
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ADVISORY COMMITTEE »
CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS »
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 a Project Review Sheet and also 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 Funding Policy, 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 are as follows:

City of BurlingtonSamantha Dunn
City of WinooskiJon Rauscher
Greater Burlington Industrial CorporationSam Andersen
Lake Champlain Basin ProgramMatt Vaughan
University of VermontPablo Bose
Vermont Department of HealthHeath Kirby
Community Health Centers of BurlingtonSam Arnold
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
EPA Region OneWilliam Lariviere
Vermont DEC Brownfields ProgramSarah Palmer Bartlett
Vermont ACCDKristie Farnham

Meetings of the Brownfields Advisory Committee are held virtually on the 2nd Monday of each month via Zoom at 11:00am. The Committee provides guidance on program priorities, outreach, site selection and hiring consultants to conduct assessments.  Agendas and meeting materials are posted below.

Meetings

AUGUST 14, 11:00am-12:00pm

JuLY 21, 11:00am-12:00pm

June 12, 11:00am-12:00pm

May 9, 9:00-10:00am

March 13, 12:00-12:30pm

January 6, 2:30-3:00pm

2022

June 16, 2:30-2:50pm

April 26, 9:00-10:30am

February 10, 1:00-2:00pm

2021

December 16, 9:00am-10:15am

November 15, 11:00am-12:15pm

August 23, 11:00am-12:30pm

May 11, 11:00am-12:15pm

March 4, 3:00-3:30pm

2020

February 18, 2020, 3:00-4:00pm

2019

December 16, 2:00-3:30pm

November 11, 3:00-4:00pm

September 5, 3:00-3:45pm

August 2, 1:00-2:00pm

July 8, 2:30-3:15pm

May 21, 2:00-3:30pm

April 29, 3:00-4:00pm

February 11, 1:30-2:45pm

January 22, 1:30-2:45pm

2018

December 19, 1:30-2:45pm

November 26, 3:00-4:00pm

October 1, 3:30-5:00pm

July 16, 3:30-4:30pm

May 2, 3:00-4:30pm

March 8, 3:00-4:00pm

January 8, 3:00-4:00pm

2017

November 20, 3:00-4:00pm

September 11, 3:00-4:00pm

July 10, 3:00-4:00pm

April 10, 3:00-4:00pm

April 3, 3:00-4:30pm 

February 13, 3:00-4:30pm 

January 9, 3:00-4:00pm 

2016

December 12, 12:30-1:30pm 

November 15, 2:30-3:15pm 

October 28, 1:00-2:30pm 

October 14, 10:00-11:30am 

September 12, 3:00-4:30pm

August 8, 3:00-4:30pm

June 27, 3:00-4:30pm

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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:

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 Resources

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CONTACT

For more information about the Chittenden County Brownfields Program, contact Dan Albrecht, CCRPC Senior Planner, at (802) 846-4490 ext. 129.

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