Senate passes Richardville brownfield legislation to help revitalize Michigan communities
The Senate recently approved two bills within a bipartisan, bicameral legislative package that will allow more communities to take part in brownfield redevelopment programs.
"Brownfield redevelopment projects are very valuable for local communities because they provide both economic and environmental benefits," said Richardville, R-Monroe, sponsor of the legislation. "Michigan is nationally recognized for its strong brownfield programs. This legislation will add even more flexibility to them and make the programs easier to use."
The legislation will:
Extend the brownfield act from December 2007 until 2012;
Streamline the application and review process for projects; and
Expand redevelopment opportunities for blighted and functionally obsolete buildings to include non-core communities.
"This legislative package is the result of several workgroup meetings and committee hearings," Richardville said. "I have been working cooperatively with several members in the state House to ensure that we have solid legislation that will truly help Michigan communities."
Brownfields are abandoned, idle, or under-used industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is hindered or complicated by real or perceived environmental conditions. Redevelopment projects may occur on either contaminated or blighted property.
Senate Bills 534 and SB 539 will now advance to the state House for consideration.
Posted: Monday, December 03, 2007
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