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Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement

An area does not need to be contaminated for a municipality to designate it as a Brownfield area; However, if a site is contaminated, the person responsible for the rehabilitation of the Brownfield site may be able to execute a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA) with Broward County. The BSRA is the legal instrument to do a number of things, including using the website for voluntary cleanup tax credits, using the technical aspects of cleaning up contamination requirements from Chapter 62-785, Florida Administrative Code, and providing certain liability protections. A BSRA can also be exported to claim voluntary clean-up tax credits related to solid waste disposal. Voluntary cleanup tax credits are applied to Florida Corporate Income Tax and are allocated annually up to 50 per cent of the costs incurred for the renovation of eligible sites or solid waste management work. Additional funding may be available at the time of the issuance of a Rehabilitation Completion Order site, or if affordable housing is involved. A “Brownfield site,” as noted in the Florida Statutes (376.79, F.S.), is “real estate whose extension, rehabilitation or reuse may be made more difficult by actual or perceived pollution.” A “Brownfield area” refers to an “area adjacent to one or more wastelands, some of which may or may not be contaminated, and which has been designated by decision by a local government.” Brownfield areas may include all or part of municipal rehabilitation zones, business areas, empowerment zones, other municipalities and economically disadvantaged areas designated, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency – designated waste pilot projects. The Environmental Protection Commission was responsible for the management of the Brownfields program in Hillsborough County effective June 15, 2004. The EPC participated in the Brownfields program as an interested party and has the expertise and resources to successfully manage the program in Hillsborough County. FDEP and EPC believe that approval of the local site rehabilitation and environmental rehabilitation monitoring program at Brownfields will facilitate the expansion of the program in the county. A Brownfield is a property whose extension, rehabilitation or reuse may be made difficult by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Renovation and reinvestment in these properties increase local tax bases, facilitate employment growth, exploit existing infrastructure, relieve development pressure for unduced spaces, improve and protect the environment.

If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact the Environmental Technical and Authorization Department at 954-519-1483. The designation of Brownfield Areas is the responsibility of the local government. To identify an area, please contact the following people: Broward County has been assigned by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to manage the Brownfield reshuffle program. The objective of the Brownfield program is to encourage the rehabilitation and rehabilitation of polluting or potentially contaminated, abandoned, abandoned or unused industrial or commercial real estate.