Update! Planning Announces Inaugural Statewide Brownfield Conference Topics and Presenters  

Planning in Progress  

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner  

Figure 1 – Aerial view of former Baltimore inner harbor brownfield.

Over two half-days this fall, November 16-17, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) will host the inaugural Maryland Statewide Brownfield Conference – Toward Beneficial Reuse. The conference is part of our ongoing commitment to the principles of smart growth, which encourage brownfield redevelopment. 

The Environmental Protection Agency defines a brownfield as a “property , the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” 

The conference provides a forum for local governments, consultants, attorneys, developers, and non-governmental organizations to learn and share information about brownfields. A key goal is to further and promote awareness about the processes and technologies that move brownfields toward beneficial reuse in Maryland.  

Conference topics will range from brownfield fundamentals to a deeper dive into more technical aspects of assessing brownfields and their redevelopment. Presentations include federal and state technical and financial assistance options; siting solar facilities on brownfields; cleanup challenges at former dry-cleaning facilities; and local government brownfield case studies.   

Conference highlights include: 

  • Keynote address by Aaron Tomarchio and Peter Haid of Tradepoint Atlantic  
  • Federal Brownfields Assistance (EPA and HUD) 
  • The Basics of PCE Drycleaner Contamination (AEC Environmental and GTA Engineering) 
  • Various “Hot Topics” including: VCP Fee Waivers for Renewable Energy Projects; Reuse of Dredge Material; and how to utilize the Terradex System, Miss Utility, and the LRP Map (MDE and Maryland Port Authority) 

…And that’s just on Day One! 

Other session topics include: a walkthrough of the site closure process, developer perspectives, and lessons learned by local governments.  

While the conference will be conducted virtually via GoToWebinar, attendees will have opportunities for in-person participation through brownfield tours organized across the state; followed by social gathering and networking events at nearby restaurants or local breweries. Optional wellness activities will be offered at the start of each day to invigorate attendees, including a virtual coffee break and a virtual yoga session.    

So, be sure to register for Maryland’s first-of-its-kind conference today and be a part of this growing redevelopment trend!     

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