Brownfield Assessments


The Southeast Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Coalition (SFBRC) partners include Treasure Coast and the South Florida Regional Council. This seven-county region comprised of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties includes two metropolitan statistical areas designated by the Census Bureau, three international airports, and four major deep-water seaports, as well as three Seminole and three Miccousukee Indian reservations.

The partners of the SFBRC have extensive experience involving targeted communities and stakeholders, such as neighborhood organizations, citizens groups, property owners, lenders, business organizations, and developers in the planning and implementation of large regional projects. One of the Coalition’s main goals is to include the community in all stages of redevelopment efforts. This includes engaging the community in project planning, site selection for assessments, cleanup decisions, and reuse planning. Through effective promotion of projects, the SFBRC is dedicated to working with the public in a meaningful way to obtain valuable input and ensure everyone is engaged and updated on projects occurring in their community.

In 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and its partners, the South Florida Regional Council and Miami Waterkeeper. The assessment grant funds were used to inventory, characterize, and assess potential Brownfields sites. The grant provided $600,000 in funding to be split across Southeast Florida. A total of $300,000 was allocated for sites with hazardous substance impacts and $300,000 for sites with petroleum impacts. The grant budget period is October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2022. The Coalition Assessment Grant will allow the Coalition partners the opportunity to perform assessment activities, cleanup planning, and redevelopment activities on a regional basis.


Any local government (city, village, town, county, redevelopment authority, community development agency, downtown development authority) is eligible to complete an application for brownfield site assessment assistance. The Program is available to municipalities, prospective purchasers, and parties that would not be found liable for any existing contamination of the property.


To qualify for Brownfields Site Assessment Assistance, the identified site should be abandoned, idle, or under used industrial or commercial property, and have the following:

  • real or perceived petroleum and/or hazardous substances contamination
  • a high degree of redevelopment or reuse potential
  • no responsible party able to conduct the environmental investigation
  • the support of the local government and the community
  • be tied to a redevelopment plan


Under cooperative agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, TCRPC contracts with consultants to perform an environmental site investigation for a qualifying brownfield property at no cost to local governments, eligible property owners, or prospective purchasers. The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is a critical first step to have abandoned or underutilized properties put back into productive reuse. Qualified applicants can receive assistance for the following activities:

  • Environmental Assessments on eligible sites (Phase I or Phase II)
  • Cleanup Planning (Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives)
  • Community Engagement

Information discovered during a site investigation will be considered a public record and will be made available for review at TCRPC offices. For more information, please call Stephanie Heidt at TCRPC at (772) 221-4060.


TCRPC works closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and EPA throughout all phases of its Brownfields program. Specifically, FDEP will be provided with the plans and reports for the Phase II environmental site assessments conducted for their review and comment. The SFBRC also works with FDEP on public outreach and educational activities.