Brownfield properties are vacant or underused places where past industrial or commercial activities may have left contamination (chemical pollution) behind, including:
- Gas stations
- Waterfront properties (port lands) formerly used for industrial or commercial activities
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Brownfield redevelopment benefits the environment by improving air, water and soil quality, and by facilitating more sustainable development patterns that can protect valuable green spaces and development lands.
The law stipulates that, if a brownfield property is being redeveloped for a new use, property owners and redevelopers must meet set requirements for:
- assessing the environmental condition of a property through environmental site assessments
- ensuring that the site meets the applicable site condition
- standards or standards specified in a risk assessment
- submitting a Record of Site Condition for filing in Ontario’s Environmental Site Registry
The Record of Site Condition (RSC) is a “report card” on the environmental condition of a property at a particular point in time, based on the condition of the property and intended use.
In Ontario, the investigation and remediation of a property is largely driven by property owners (historic owners or new purchasers), with the work being carried out by a Qualified Person (QP) on their behalf.
Professionals are considered “qualified” if they meet the requirements as set out in provincial regulation O. Reg. 153/04. A QP is responsible for ensuring that a property has been remediated to the appropriate standards for the intended use.
Our associated environmental consulting firms, analytical laboratory facilities and drilling companies will provide the best balance between meeting the regulatory requirements and cost of services.
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Redeveloping a brownfield property often takes more time and money than a traditional development project. Whenever possible, reducing process delays for remediation and any required municipal and/or regulatory approvals can make a brownfield property more attractive for redevelopment.
The level of risk a project has will vary depending on the type of property contamination, the method of remediation employed and the tolerance level of those involved. For example, a property where there is a high degree of certainty that all contamination has been addressed will likely be perceived to have a low level of environmental “risk” by lenders, developers and property owners.
A property where the contamination is complex and will require on-going management to prevent off-site migration will likely be perceived differently.