Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial properties with real or perceived environmental contamination. Through grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) provides funding assistance and technical guidance to assist those interested in redeveloping Brownfield sites in York and southern Oxford Counties.


Addressing potential environmental issues, especially financial and regulatory hurdles, is often intimidating and can create a barrier to the redevelopment or expanded use of these sites. SMPDC’s Brownfields Program helps convert Brownfields from community liabilities into community assets by providing funding and guidance to navigate the environmental process from environmental site assessment (ESA) to cleanup and reuse.



SMPDC partners with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and municipalities throughout York and southern Oxford Counties. We also work with public and private developers to find creative solutions to the problems often faced by contaminated properties.  We encourage community engagement throughout this process.


Learn more

Explore our website to learn more about SMPDC's Brownfields program, including eligibility, applying for funding, and past program successes.

In 2020, SMPDC's Brownfields program was recognized by the US EPA with the Regional Environmental Award: