What is a Brownfield?

Brownfield sites are defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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.”  Through grants from the EPA, the
Regional Planning Commission (RPC) provides assistance and technical guidance to facilitate
redevelopment of Brownfield sites in the city of New Orleans and the parishes of Jefferson,
Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa in southeast Louisiana.

Addressing potential environmental issues, especially financial and regulatory hurdles, is often
intimidating, creating a barrier to the redevelopment or expanded use of Brownfield sites. RPC’s
Brownfield Redevelopment Program helps convert these properties from community liabilities to
community assets by providing assistance and technical guidance to navigate the environmental
process from investigation to cleanup.

Characteristics of a site that is a good candidate for RPC Brownfield assistance include:
The site was once developed but is now either underutilized or abandoned.
> The site has either real or perceived environmental contamination preventing redevelopment.
> The site is not listed on the National Priorities List (i.e. Superfund sites are not eligible).
> The planned redevelopment is income-producing property or for a community benefit.
> Ideal candidates have a redevelopment plan and at least partial funding in place.

What does RPC’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program provide?

Through grants from EPA’s Brownfield and Land Revitalization Program, RPC's Brownfield
Redevelopment Program provides
Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments and cleanup
planning and technical assistance for Brownfield sites in our member parishes. Projects are enrolled on
a first come, first served basis, with consideration given to the site location to ensure we serve all of
our member parishes. RPC selects the contractor to perform assessment activities and oversees each
investigation to ensure it meets EPA's standards. The applicant is involved in every step of the
investigation. Private owners and companies, non-profit organizations, and public entities are all
eligible applicants. Please contact the Brownfield Coordinator at (504) 483-8513 to determine eligibility
for specific projects.

Please note that RPC applies for funding through EPA’s competitive process so the amount of
funding available to RPC fluctuates dependent on funding awarded. We do not receive automatic
funding for this program

About the Regional Planning Commission

The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard,  
St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes
(RPC) is a Commission of local elected officials and
citizen members, who represent the residents of southeast Louisiana on regional issues
and is supported by a staff of professionals with broad experience in a variety of areas
including urban and regional planning, community development, transportation planning,
and economic development. The Regional Planning Commission also serves as the
metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the southeast Louisiana region.    

For more information about the RPC, please visit the Regional Planning Commission’s main website:
Regional Planning Commission · Updated June 2014
10 Veterans Boulevard · New Orleans, LA 70124 · 504-483-8525 · brownfields@norpc.org
About the Regional Planning Commission's Brownfield Redevelopment Program
Unlock the potential of your Brownfield site...let us help you turn the key!

...For prepurchase help
with contaminated sites

....For technical
assistance with
investigations &

...For redevelopment
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