Oakland Brownfield Initiative

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is the administrative board advancing the goals and accomplishing the tasks identified for the Oakland Brownfield Initiative. Oakland County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority is utilized specifically:
 
  • To assist key developments in communities that may be averse to establishing their own BRA as part of the county's ongoing economic development efforts and/or to protect key environmental assets
  • To assist specific developments in communities that may have few parcels or limited capacity to administer a redevelopment project
  • To systematically administer and redevelop tax reverted property that the county may come to own
 
Under state law, a BRA is required to access certain financing incentives and tax increment financing to recover remediation expenses. BRAs allow for the development of a revolving loan fund and a means for recovering administrative costs of the BRA.
 

USEPA Assessment Grant 

In 2013 The Oakland County Brownfield Consortium (Oakland County, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Pontiac and Southfield) was awarded $600,000 from the U.S. UPA to perform Environmental Assessment work for our Brownfield program.  Phase I, II, Baseline Environmental Assessments, Due Care Plans, Brownfield Plans, Lead and Asbestos testing are all eligible through this grant.  If you have a project that is ready for redevelopment please feel free to fill out the linked form and return to Brad Hansen at hansenb@oakgov.com 
Brownfield Intake Form
 

Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Capture of increased local and school property tax revenues on eligible property by a brownfield redevelopment authority to pay for the costs of the following eligible activities:

       1. Environmental response, demolition, and lead or asbestos abatement statewide, plus
       2. Infrastructure improvements and site preparation in qualified local governmental units

Tax increment revenues are generated by investment in, and redevelopment of, eligible property which includes contaminated, blighted or functionally obsolete. The eligible property must be approved in a brownfield plan.

Eligible activities are conducted on the property as part of the redevelopment project. As the property value increases, the captured tax increment revenues are used to reimburse the eligible costs. If captured school taxes will be used to pay for certain environmental response activities or all of the non-environmental activities, prior approval of a work plan by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality/Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MDEQ/MEDC) is necessary.

Anyone who incurs eligible costs under an approved brownfield plan is entitled to reimbursement with tax increment revenues captured by a BRA.

Link to MI DEQ Environmental Mapper

Core Communities

Ferndale
Hazel Park
Oak Park
Pontiac
Royal Oak Township
Southfield