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There are seven members of the Brownfield Advisory Board, five appointed by each member of the City Commission, one appointed at-large by the City Commission, and one appointed by Ormond Beach Main Street.
What is a Brownfield?
Brownfields are abandoned, idled industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Brownfields not addressed by environmental remediation are an inefficient economic use of urban land; contribute to community decline, slum and blight; present a potential hazard to public health; and unaddressed, brownfields result in premature expansion and sprawl of urban development. Environmental remediation and re-use of brownfields is in the economic, environmental and community interests of the County.
City Brownfield Policy
The City of Ormond Beach City Commission has adopted Resolution 2012-02 and Resolution 2012-21 establishing two separate Brownfield Redevelopment Areas.
Brownfields not addressed by environmental remediation are an inefficient economic use of urban land; contribute to community decline, slum and blight; present a potential hazard to public health; and, if unaddressed, brownfields result in premature expansion and sprawl of urban development. Environmental remediation and reuse of brownfields are in the economic, environmental and community interests of the City and shall be a priority in implementation of the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Therefore, it is the policy of the City Commission of the City of Ormond Beach to provide assistance and incentives to public and private landowners and businesses to facilitate the environmental cleanup and reuse of contaminated urban property.
Brownfield Advisory Board
As part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Program, the City of Ormond Beach has established a Brownfield Advisory Board. The purpose of the Board is to promote and receive public comment on the identification, rehabilitation and redevelopment of Brownfield sites. The Board provides guidance in areas such as future land use, local employment opportunities, development proposals, community safety, and environmental justice as they relate to Brownfields. The Board reviews and recommends ways to encourage public interest and participation in the Brownfields initiative. The Board also assists in guiding and setting policy for the City’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program.
Board members are primarily residents or individuals owning a business in the city; however, residency or business ownership is not required. Two members of the board are a) Owners or employees of firms specializing in environmental cleanup and remediation; b) Specializing in environmental training; or, c) Real estate professionals with experience in redevelopment. And two members are experienced in the field of vocational/technical training or have experience in academic teaching on a college level.
2013 Brownfield Legislation
On May 20, 2013, Governor Scott approved Senate Bill 406. With respect to brownfields redevelopment, Senate Bill 406 changes where redevelopment projects must be located in order to receive certain brownfield program economic incentives.
Prior to the approval of Senate Bill 406, after a local government became designated a brownfield area, eligible businesses could receive a tax refund of up to $2,500.00 per job created and a sales tax credit on building materials for eligible housing or mixed-use projects.
Now, in order to receive the bonus refund for jobs created or the sales tax credit on building materials, the project must be located on: (1) a property with a brownfield site rehabilitation agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (i.e., a voluntary cleanup agreement) or (2) a parcel abutting the property with the brownfield site rehabilitation agreement in a local government's brownfield area.
Nominate a Brownfield Site
Nominate a Brownfield Site that you think is a candidate for inclusion in the City of Ormond Beach's U.S. EPA Brownfield Grants Assessment Program. Forms must be submitted by October 15, 2014. Download nomination form here.