|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Senator Carris of Rutland District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District and Senator Racine of Chittenden District
Subject: Conservation; brownfields
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to establish a brownfields advisory committee with a mandate to evaluate the existing brownfields program and make appropriate recommendations to the general assembly.
AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A BROWNFIELDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. BROWNFIELDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(a) A brownfields advisory committee is created to develop proposed statutory and programmatic recommendations that promote the redevelopment of contaminated properties and address issues identified by developers of these properties. The committee is to serve in an advisory role to the agency of natural resources and agency of commerce and community development.
The following, except as otherwise provided, shall be appointed by the governor to serve on the advisory committee:
(1) the secretary of natural resources or the secretary’s designee;
(2) the secretary of commerce and community development or the secretary’s designee;
(3) a redeveloper with experience in brownfields redevelopment;
(4) a member of the Vermont association of planning and development agencies recommended by that association;
(5) an attorney with experience representing brownfields redevelopers;
(6) a commercial real estate broker with experience in the sale of brownfields;
(7) a representative from a nonprofit housing development organization;
(8) a member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker;
(9) a member of the senate appointed by the committee on committees;
(10) an environmental scientist or engineer with experience in brownfields site assessment and remediation;
(11) a representative of the department of health;
(12) a representative of the office of attorney general appointed by the attorney general; and
(13) a representative of an environmental advocacy organization.
(b) By no later than November 15, 2007, the advisory committee shall submit a report and proposed legislative recommendations to the senate committee on economic development, housing and general affairs and to the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy on ways to promote the redevelopment of contaminated properties including the following:
(1) Recommendations for a clear mission statement that defines “brownfields,” clearly states the multiple objectives and benefits of redevelopment, and makes a commitment to facilitating redevelopment of brownfields sites in a manner that best attains these objectives and provides these benefits in a manner consistent with the public health;
(2) Recommendations for guidelines by which the department of environmental conservation can reasonably commit to expeditious application processing that is within the budgetary and human resources capacities of the department;
(3) Recommendations to the department of environmental conservation that include specific means by which some form of liability limitation can be provided to innocent landowners and developers earlier in the application, compliance, and remediation process.
(4) Recommendations for measures to be considered as a part of an annual performance evaluation. The committee shall consider the following measures as a part of their recommendations:
(A) The number of projects and sites that enter each of the program areas.
(B) The number that complete the program and are certified or that receive site management action completed certificates.
(C) The amount of federal and state money applied by the department of environmental conservation and by the regional planning commissions to assist site investigation and remediation.
(D) The number of projects and sites that proceed to redevelopment during the year.
(E) The acreage that is certified for redevelopment.
(F) The amount of redevelopment money leveraged by the state’s investment in remediation assistance services and funding.
(G) Other parameters of performance that the department of environmental conservation, the advisory committee, or the general assembly requests for inclusion in the evaluation.
(c) The agency of natural resources and the legislative council shall provide administrative support to the committee. Legislative members of the advisory committee shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided under 2 V.S.A. § 406.
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