Brownfields: Any former or current commercial or industrial site, currently vacant or underutilized and on which there has been, or there is suspected to have been, a discharge of a contaminant. (Source: Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10B-1 et seq.)
The Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force assists municipalities and counties in using brownfield redevelopment to help implement Smart Growth strategies in their plans and initiating an inventory of marketable brownfield sites for prospective developers with the support of the Brownfields Redevelopment InterAgency Team.
Understanding Brownfields redevelopment is integral for New Jersey's municipalities, and realizing the need for effective collaboration between State and Federal entities for successful Brownfields redevelopment, the New Jersey Business Action Center's Office for Planning Advocacy have partnered with EPA's Region II Brownfields Program, NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Center for Creative Land Recycling to form the New Jersey Brownfields InterAgency Work Group (IAWG).
Using a proactive and problem solving team approach, the IAWG offers assistance, guidance and resources to municipalities and any their redevelopment partners as the municipality navigates the complex road to assess, remediate and redevelop Brownfields.
The IAWG is comprised of a diverse group of experienced State and Federal Agencies whose mission is to support the State of New Jersey's Brownfields redevelopment policies and the US EPA's Brownfields Economic Development Initiative.
If you currently own a property that the State views as fitting within the definition of a “brownfield,” we would like to inform you of the ways in which the future value and use of your property may be enhanced by listing it on the New Jersey Brownfields “Site Mart.”
The potential benefits for a property listed on the “Site Mart” are twofold: Listing can attract the attention of interested developers; and listed properties may become eligible for State brownfields incentives. The New Jersey Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force would like to help you redevelop where appropriate and, where necessary, to clean up your property. Listing properties on the “Site Mart” can be an integral part of this process. Although landowners, developers, the State of NJ, and municipalities may have different perspectives, many of our goals are the same, e.g., to redevelop or reuse underutilized properties to quickly return them to productive use.
Developers may be looking to purchase, clean up, and redevelop a property such as yours for a variety of reasons, including the availability of significant incentives provided by the government. There is also a new focus on revitalization by many municipalities, as they too seek to implement Smart Growth principles. To further these efforts, the State identifies “brownfields” properties pursuant to N.J.S.A. 58:10B-23 for inclusion on the official inventory known as the New Jersey Brownfields "Site Mart" database. Numerous developers and property owners have already engaged in profitable interactions thanks to the "Site Mart" where land acquisitions and remediation activities are now well underway. This valuable “listing” service can be utilized for no fee.
Some property owners may be hesitant to list their properties on the "Site Mart," because of additional liability concerns or fear of a stigma regarding the condition of the property. However, merely listing property on "Site Mart" does not create a landowner’s liability to the State. Moreover, there is no real stigma for having property listed on the "Site Mart." In fact, as the State’s definition of a “brownfield” makes clear, a brownfield need not have any actual contamination. It has been suggested that listing a property on the "Site Mart" may somehow draw negative attention by environmental regulators. Information included on the "Site Mart" is already publicly available in other forms.
We understand that at this time, you may not be interested in selling your property and that can be clearly communicated to those who view your listing. Entering the "Site Mart" now, however, can likely expedite the process should you choose to sell your property at a future date. In addition, it can help indicate the potential marketability of your property.
We hope that, as a property owner, you will agree to execute the "Consent and Release" form to allow property to be posted on "Site Mart", recognizing the clear benefits—whether now or at a later point—in having property listed as a “brownfield.” We look forward to working with you in a partnership approach. Thank you.
Should you elect to execute and submit the standard “Consent and Release” form allowing your brownfield to be publicly listed on the "Site Mart," please confirm for the Task Force the lots, blocks and street addresses for your properties.
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Included here are available Brownfields resources and links to relevant tools and information.
The New Jersey Brownfields Redevelopment Task Force was created in 1998 under Section 5 of the New Jersey Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act.
The 13-member Task Force consists of seven representatives from State agencies and six public members. The six public members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Chair of the Task Force is selected by the Governor.
* The Task Force is accepting comments at its meetings on issues concerning the redevelopment of brownfields sites. Information gathered from experienced and interested parties will be considered in recommendations to the Governor and Legislature. Please limit spoken comments to five minutes.
Meetings are held at:
NJ DOS/Office for Planning Advocacy
33 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (unless otherwise noted)
Page Last Updated: 07/24/19