Redeveloping brownfields reduces urban sprawl into greenfield areas by encouraging the reuse of established commercial, industrial and residential properties where public services already exist. To encourage brownfield redevelopment, the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, 1996 PA 381, as amended (excerpt from Act 381), allows local units of government to establish one or more Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities (BRAs) to identify and plan for reuse of brownfield properties.
BRAs can adopt brownfield plans, which identify the eligible activities to be conducted on an eligible property, and provide for the use of tax increment financing to capture property taxes to reimburse the costs of the eligible activities. The property owner may also apply for a Single Business Tax Brownfield Redevelopment Credit for eligible investments made at an eligible property if included in a brownfield plan adopted under Act 381. (Source: DEQ, Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities)
The Antrim County BRA meets as needed immediately after the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which starts at 9:00 a.m. on third Tuesday in the month. If you wish to be on the agenda, please contact the County Administration Office (231-533-6265) at least one week in advance.