Maggie Weiser, State Brownfields Coordinator
Phone: (785) 296-5519 Fax: (785)-296-7030 or (785)-296-1686
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
Topeka, KS 66612-1367
What are "Brownfields"?
Brownfields are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Often the potential liability associated with contamination complicates business development, property transactions, or expansion on these properties.
Cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields properties is necessary to preserve neighborhoods, reduce urban sprawl, and stop the continued development of new industrial and commercial facilities on farmland. By investigating and cleaning up a brownfields property and taking care of the site's potential health or environmental risks, communities can use local land again - producing jobs, increasing the tax base, or adding other benefits such as creating a park or residential area.
Almost every city and county, in both rural and urban areas, has brownfields properties. KDHE currently has programs to assist communities with the redevelopment of brownfields properties.
Brownfields Newsletter and Listserv
- Brownfields Redevelopment Success in Kansas (.pdf, 3 MB) presents case studies of 72 Brownfields sites all over the state of Kansas, and their successful redevelopment into productive properties.
- Brownfields Redevelopment Toolbox: Enabling Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment in Kansas Communities (.pdf) is a step-by-step guide to planning and implementing a Brownfields program.
- Brownfields Program Flyer (.pdf) - KDHE Program Information
- Brownfields Targeted Assessment Application Package (.pdf)
- "Writing Request for Proposals: a Primer for Brownfields Pilots" (.pdf) Written by Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Research Center
- EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants: Interested in Applying for Funding? (.pdf)