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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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. 

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New! Save the Date for Maryland’s Inaugural Statewide Brownfield Conference

Planning in Progress

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

City of Frederick

As part of our ongoing commitment to the principles of smart growth, which encourage redevelopment on brownfields, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is excited to present the inaugural Maryland Statewide Brownfield Conference!  

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Registration Now Open for Workshop: Brownfield Development & Your Community!

November 17 Webinar: How to Fund and Incentivize Brownfield Projects

Planning in Progress

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Sylvia Mosser, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner

In the April edition of Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) announced the launch of a new website for the Brownfield Redevelopment and Assistance program; developed by Planning in conjunction with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This occasion also marked the availability of training, along with an array of other services, to local jurisdictions interested in redeveloping brownfields.

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NEW! Planning Launches Brownfield Redevelopment Assistance Program Webpage

Resources and Tools

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with
Sylvia A. Mosser, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner

Every county in Maryland has brownfields. They include buildings and sites previously used for dry cleaners, auto body repair, gas stations, manufacturing and industrial uses, as well as buildings with asbestos or lead-based paint issues. Obtaining funding for assessments and cleanup is key to local efforts to transform brownfields into community assets; whether for new businesses, government facilities, parks, or tourism destinations. Continue reading