A Comprehensive Plan for Brownfield Redevelopment in New Brunswick was released December 16, 2008. The establishment of this plan was a promise made in the Charter for Change and is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
The actions proposed in the plan focus on making it easier to remediate and redevelop brownfield properties without changing the existing high standards of environmental protection.
The term brownfield is typically used to describe abandoned, derelict or otherwise underutilized former commercial and industrial properties that might have become contaminated in the past.
The plan targets four key areas:
- Improving New Brunswick’s contaminated site regulatory system.
- Developing appropriate incentives for redevelopment.
- Harmonizing New Brunswick’s approach with neighbouring jurisdictions.
- Improving government’s brownfield educational and outreach initiatives.