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Lamoille County Planning Commission

Lamoille County Brownfields Program

One of the legacies of Lamoille County’s rich economic past is an inventory of commercial and industrial properties. When properties (or properties nearby them) are abandoned, idled or underused because business expansion or site redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination, the properties are known as brownfields. The Lamoille County Brownfields Program helps owners and developers facing unknown costs and liability issues address brownfield challenges.

Our services include:

  • Research to flag property areas that would benefit from field tests
  • Field tests to confirm whether contamination exists, and if so, to what extent
  • Corrective action planning to outline alternative solutions and their costs
  • Redevelopment planning to adjust development in light of environmental challenges
  • Site specific technical assistance, such as understanding liability laws and insurance and creating strategies for funding cleanup and redevelopment.


Current Projects 

  • Hyde Park Lamoille Valley Rail Trail - Depot Street Extension


Now Accepting Applications for Site Assistance

If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance below and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form.

1. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
If your property is suspected to have contamination issues, an initial study called a “Phase I Environmental Site Assessment” can be completed. A Phase I uses historical records review, site visits and interviews of past tenants, and the result is an opinion as to whether there is the potential for contamination on the site. If the Phase I determines that there is a potential for contamination at the site, a Phase II will be needed.

2. Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
After the Phase I ESA determines that there is a potential for contamination at the site, a “Phase II Environmental Site Assessment” establishes the type, degree and extent of contamination on the site. A Phase II uses soil and groundwater testing, soil sampling and lab analysis. Based on the results of a Phase II, a Corrective Action Plan can be developed.

3. Corrective Action Plan (CAP)
Once the Phase I and Phase II have determined the type, degree and extent of site contamination, a Correction Action Plan is developed for the site. Depending on the type of contamination, corrective action may range from leaving the contamination in place and monitoring it regularly to removing the contamination completely.

4. Archaeological Resources/Historic Preservation Issues
With certain properties, State or Federal authorities may also require an assessment of archaeological resources or a review pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.


Advisory Committee

The Lamoille County Brownfields Program is managed by the Lamoille County Planning Commission, with guidance from the Brownfields Committee. The Brownfields Committee provides guidance on program priorities, outreach, site selection and hiring consultants to conduct assessments.

For information, see our Program Brochure or contact Lea Kilvádyová at

Brownfields Program Brochure

Our 2-page brochure describes the program, its benefits, and what to expect.

Success Stories

In 2001, Lamoille County residents convinced local, state, and federal officials to invest in converting an abandoned rail corridor into a four-season trail. Revitalizing brownfield properties along that corridor is critical to raising our standard of living by converting part-time jobs to full-time. The Lamoille County Brownfields Program incentivizes investment in rail corridor community centers, creating recreation areas, affordable housing, and jobs.  Learn about these success stories here.

Lamoille County Planning Commission