Local Officials Meet in Trenton to Discuss Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives
DEP Commissionr Lisa Jackson (center) poses with some of the Mayors
attending the Mayors’ Roundtable Session on Remediation and Redevelopment
More than 100 local officials gathered at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) headquarters in Trenton on January 31, 2008 for information on financial incentives to revitalize blighted properties known as brownfields. The Mayors’ Roundtable Session, co-sponsored by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, highlighted the Brownfield Development Area (BDA) program and the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), which offer millions of dollars to qualifying municipal applicants. Additional financial assistance programs, including the Brownfield Reimbursement Fund and the Underground Storage Tank Fund, were discussed. DEP program administrators provided a summary of these unique incentive programs and walked municipal officials through the application steps and requirements.
Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson welcomed attendees and set the tone for the roundtable discussion by emphasizing the DEP’s commitment to brownfield redevelopment. Bill Dressel, Executive Director of the State League of Municipalities, emphasized the need to redevelop contaminated properties to stimulate local and state-wide economic growth.
Irene Kropp, Assistant Commissioner of the Site Remediation Program, explained the DEP’s integral role in the redevelopment process and the incentives and assistance available to return abandoned or underutilized contaminated properties to productive use.