Property Redevelopment and Brownfields

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Property Redevelopment

Environmental Aspects of Property Redevelopment Guidance
See SAM Manual, Section 1, Page 1-6 through 1-16.

A guideline has been prepared to facilitate site investigation and remediation actions in a streamlined fashion.  This guideline was developed through the SAM Technical Workgroup to assist interested parties in redeveloping these types of sites.

The focus of this guidance on property redevelopment is to describe the redevelopment process and to explain the services offered by the Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ).  


The term 'Brownfield site' refers to real property including the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of property which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

For a more complete explanation see Brownfield Definition.

Brownfields Definition Source:
The Brownfields Site definition is found in Public Law 107-118 (H.R. 2869) - "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act" signed into law January 11, 2002.

For more information on the definition of a Brownfields site, please see U.S.E.P.A Appendix 3 of the Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants


Exclusions from Brownfields: 

  • a facility that is the subject of a planned or ongoing removal action.
  • a facility that is listed on the National Priorities List or is proposed for listing.
  • a facility that is the subject of a unilateral administrative order, a court order, an administrative order on consent or judicial consent decree
  • a facility to which a permit has been issued under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Toxic Substance Control act or the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • a facility that is subject to corrective action under the Solid Waste Disposal Act and to which a corrective action permit or order has been issued.


Site Designation Process

The DEHQ has three programs available to provide regulatory oversight of the investigation and cleanup of chemically contaminated soil and groundwater at Brownfields sites in the County of San Diego. These programs are the Local Oversight Program, Voluntary Assistance Program and Site Designation Program. The Site Designation Program is available through the CAL-EPA Site Designation Committee appointing the DEHQ as the administering agency to oversee the site investigation.  The Implementation Guidelines are available from CAL-EPA.

The Site Designation Process under the Unified Agency Review of Hazardous Material Release Sites can be obtained from the Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Chapter 6.65.

For more information on the Site Designation Process see the CAL-EPA Fact Sheet.   For information on the Polanco Redevelopment Act see the CAL-EPA Polanco Redevelopment Act.