From Due Dilgence to Redevelopment: Announcing Brownfields Webinar Series in June

In Case You Missed It!

The Maryland Department of Planning is pleased to announce its three-part Brownfields Webinar Series to be held this June. We will be holding three informative webinars throughout the month. Maryland’s brownfields provide a unique opportunity for communities to meet economic development goals, environmental protection and sustainability goals, and help achieve local comprehensive plan visions and objectives.

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Maryland’s Inaugural Statewide Brownfield Conference a Resounding Success

Planning Assistance in Action

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

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) would like to extend its sincerest thanks to the many participants, presenters, brownfields site tour leaders, and advisory committee members who made our first foray into the brownfields conference arena a terrific success!

Figure 1 – Photos taken during the Frederick City tour of brownfields, both developed and ready for redevelopment. Kristen E. Humphrey, 2021.
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Reminder! Register Now for Maryland Statewide Brownfield Conference

Planning to Host Inaugural Conference, Toward Beneficial Reuse, November 16-17

Planning in Progress  

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

Figs 1-4 – The former McCord Laundry builing in Easton, MD, once a brownfield, is now a LEED building housing the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

Over two half-days in November, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) will host the Inaugural Maryland Statewide Brownfield Conference – Toward Beneficial Reuse. The conference is part of Planning’s ongoing commitment to the principles of smart growth, which encourage brownfield redevelopment.

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Planning Awarded U.S. EPA Community-wide Brownfield Assessment Grant for Eastern Baltimore County 

Planning Assistance in Action

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

On May 11, 2021, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) was awarded its first-ever EPA Community-Wide Assessment Grant from EPA Region III. The grant offers Phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESAs) at no cost to public or private owners of contaminated properties in eastern Baltimore County. (Refer to EPA’s fact sheet, Assessing Brownfield Sites, for a definition and description of Phase I and II ESA processes.) 

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Now Open: US EPA Solicitations for FY2022 Brownfield Grants 

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.”

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