Does the State of Indiana have an inventory list of the brownfields located in Indiana?

Published 10/09/2007 09:20 AM   |    Updated 04/22/2009 01:26 PM

Does the State of Indiana have an inventory list of the brownfields located in Indiana?

No, the State of Indiana does not maintain an inventory list of brownfields.  The State does maintain a list of sites that have entered the Indiana Brownfields Program for financial, technical or legal assistance.  See http://www.in.gov/ifa/brownfields/.  The State does not maintain a “Brownfields Inventory” because such a list of properties could be deemed to unfairly stigmatize a property by somehow negatively affecting its market value.  However, if a community organization or local unit of government is interested in addressing brownfields in its community, an important first step is to identify such properties and develop such a list.  This can be done by considering the definition of a brownfield and simply driving through the community, asking local neighborhood organizations for input and enlisting the help of other local governmental entities, such as the health department. The next step is to prioritize the identified brownfield sites, taking into consideration local needs and desires (e.g., as identified in a community’s comprehensive plan) and a property’s redevelopment viability.  Throughout the process it is important to keep in mind that educating local citizens about brownfields and involving them in long-term planning decisions is vital.

 

Indiana Finance Authority (IFA)

http://www.in.gov/ifa

 

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