Dec. 16, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A comprehensive plan for brownfield redevelopment was released today by Environment Minister Roland Haché.
"After consulting with the business community, lenders and municipalities, today the Government of New Brunswick is delivering on a promise made in the Charter for Change to establish a comprehensive plan for brownfield redevelopment," Haché said. "I am proud that our plan is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada. The actions proposed focus on making it easier to remediate and redevelop brownfield properties without changing the existing high standards of environmental protection."
The term "brownfield" is typically used to describe abandoned, derelict or otherwise underused former commercial and industrial properties that might have become contaminated.
The main goal of the plan is to improve environmental stewardship and promote sustainability throughout the province.
"By remediating and revitalizing urban brownfield properties we are contributing to the long-term sustainability of provincial communities, stimulating economic growth, and supporting New Brunswick's progress toward self-sufficiency by 2026," Haché said.
The plan targets four key areas: improving New Brunswick's regulatory system for contaminated sites, developing appropriate incentives for redevelopment, harmonizing New Brunswick's approach with neighbouring jurisdictions, and improving government's brownfield educational and outreach initiatives.
"Although many of these sites are now regarded as undesirable due to their past uses, they hold great potential for redevelopment," Haché said. "Through the remediation and redevelopment of existing brownfields, New Brunswick can address past environmental damage, reduce development pressure on pristine lands surrounding municipalities, and alleviate stress on municipal infrastructure."
The plan is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.