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Background Information | Is My Site Eligible?
Include my site in the Brownfields
Get Involved? |
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
defines brownfields, as real 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 concept of the
Baton Rouge Brownfields Program began in 1992 with the adoption of the
Horizon Plan, the City Parish comprehensive plan. In October 2000, the
City Parish was awarded a $200,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Demonstration
Pilot Grant. Since this initial funding, the Baton Rouge Brownfields
Program has acquired over $500,000 in grant funding for the redevelopment of
eligible sites in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The goal of the Baton Rouge Brownfields Program is to foster the
redevelopment of brownfields in Baton Rouge, thereby generating a positive
force for the redevelopment abandoned commercial and industrial properties.
Is My Site Eligible?
A site is eligible if it is located within East
Baton Rouge Parish, if the property is abandoned or underutilized, and has
real or perceived environmental contamination. Perception of even a
minor environmental issue is generally sufficient.
Why Would I Want My Site Included In The
Funding is available to pay for
environmental assessments, risk assessments, preparation for clean-ups and
Potential access to municipal incentives
Potential access to assistance with
development permitting and approvals.
Promote the reuse of idle land.
Eligible sites will receive waivers of
most planning and zoning fees.
Eligible sites will receive special tax
incentives only available for brownfields.
Eligible sites will receive a letter that
may be used to satisfy lender or investment concerns.
Eligible sites will receive special
discounts from Baton Rouge Green for landscaping.
More incentives are being created every
day, please call the City Parish Planning Commission for a current list of
How Can I Get Involved?
Enter your site into the Brownfields
Program by simply contacting the Planning Commission for consideration by
phone (225) 389-3144 or by email at
Nominate a site in your community as a
potential site Brownfields redevelopment.
Consider sites for purchase that are
identified as potential candidates for redevelopment. Contact the Planning
Commission for sites that may meet your needs.
Contact Baton Rouge Brownfields for
assistance with potential development incentives and/or assistance for
your site that is in the process of being developed.
For more information see Information Bulletin 44