The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation provides
technical and financial assistance to qualified applicants who
intend to redevelop a contaminated property. Project assistance
ranges from completion of a Phase I assessment, through corrective
action planning and cleanup, depending on specific project needs,
available funding and other considerations. All work approved
under this program is paid for by the Department and performed
by pre-qualified consultants who are under contract with the
Department to perform these services.
Participation is open to prospective purchasers and current
owners of contaminated property. Applicants can have neither
caused nor contributed to the contamination nor be connected
to any person or organization that has caused or contributed
to the contamination. Assistance is limited to $200,000.00
Applications for assistance will be evaluated based on the
criteria identified below, and ranked in accordance with the
number of points received. Some criteria are weighted
more heavily than others as they represent fundamental program
objectives. Other criteria support additional program
objectives and a project’s relative ranking will benefit
to the extent that it will also further these objectives.
Maximum points allowed for each criterion is noted. Partial
points can be awarded for demonstration of addressing sub-criteria.
As a prerequisite, applicants must have a redevelopment plan
and they must demonstrate that they
will be ready to proceed with the work for which assistance
is requested by April 1, 2010. Applicants must also demonstrate
that the assistance will substantially advance their project
to the next stage. Proposals that do not meet
these requirements will not be ranked and will not be considered
Methods of demonstrating readiness to proceed will vary based
upon the stage of the project, but may include: property access
agreements; option agreements; purchase and sale agreements;
completed phase I site assessments; approved site investigation
work plans; approved corrective action plans; valid permits
and approvals; planning and design documents and financial commitments.
All successful applicants are required to submit a fully executed
property access agreement within 30 days of approval of their
application. A copy of the approved form of access agreement
is included as Schedule A to the application. Only the approved
form will be accepted. Failure to submit an executed access
agreement within 30 days of notification of award may result in
withdrawal of the award. In that case, assistance may be
provided to another qualified applicant at the Department's discretion.
The following criteria will be utilized in reviewing and scoring
all applications. Applicants should provide documentation
that demonstrates how their project meets these criteria.
1. Redevelopment Plan. Project presents
a redevelopment plan that is clearly defined, feasible and
supported by the community.
- A conceptual redevelopment plan exists and clearly identifies
the type and general configuration of the proposed reuse.
- The redevelopment plan should include site features
such as buildings and other infrastructure.
- The project timeline is realistic and identifies significant
- The project is feasible, taking into consideration the
local and regional economic strengths and needs.
- Supporting documentation may include a market study,
feasibility study, business plan analysis or reports generated
by local or regional planning entities or other organizations
- Demonstrate experience with brownfields redevelopment
and experience with the type of redevelopment contemplated
(i.e. housing, commercial, industrial, etc.)
- The intended reuse makes sense as it relates to the known
contamination or the contamination that is likely to exist
taking into consideration historic uses of the property.
2. Environmental and Human
Health Benefits. Investigative and remedial
activities will identify, characterize or reduce existing
threats to human health and the environment.
- Explain the environmental threats that will be addressed
by the work to be performed.
- Explain the human health threats that will be addressed
by the work to be performed.
3. Ecological Enhancements.
Identify project features that will result in positive ecological
impacts (or lessen potentially negative impacts) through utilization
of advanced design characteristics such as the following.
- Green building features (LEED certification).
- Non-structural BMP’s for stormwater management.
- Wetlands creation/preservation.
- Renewable energy technologies.
4. Smart Growth.
Explain how the project advances smart growth through use
of the following, or other, means.
- Located in or near a designated downtown or village center.
- Utilization of existing infrastructure.
- Preservation of historic features and buildings.
5. Leveraged Funding.
Demonstrate that other funds are being brought to the project.
Identify the amount and source(s) of the other
funds and their intended uses (site investigation, design
work, cleanup, construction, etc.)
6. Statewide Community
and Economic Development Goals. Demonstrate
that the project addresses statewide goals by providing one
or more of the following.
- Economic Development
- Brings new business or industry to the state.
- Retention of an existing business or industry.
- Job creation.
- Number of jobs created, including types of jobs and
- Number of jobs retained.
- Workforce (affordable) housing.
- Number of units created or rehabilitated.
- Creation of greenspace.
- Municipal or community service facilities.
7. Enrollment under the Brownfields
Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Act
(10 V.S.A. §6641).
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