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City of Greater Sudbury Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan

Greater Sudbury's Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan

The City of Greater Sudbury’s Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan will help breathe new life into the many already-used and now vacant commercial and industrial properties – otherwise known as brownfields.

Brownfields present many unique economic, environmental and social challenges.  They negatively affect assessment and taxation, may pose risks to human health and the environment and tarnish the image of the city.

Unlike other properties, brownfields have many barriers which prevent them from being brought back into full and productive urban uses.  Tax arrears, absentee property owners, real or perceived contamination and capital-intensive remediation costs can deter interest and investment in brownfields.

The Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan is designed to help overcome these barriers by:

  1. Implementing a new failed tax sale procedure to address arrears and ownership;
  2. Making four financial incentive programs available to help reduce upfront costs;
  3. Calling for a brownfield marketing strategy to better attract interest and investment; and,
  4. Setting the stage for continued local awareness and capacity building.

Urban Brownfield Financial Incentive Programs

What incentives are available?

Four financial incentive programs are available under the Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan to help reduce upfront costs associated with remediation, reuse and redevelopment.

Tax Assistance Program:  This program defers or cancels 100 percent of the municipal and education portion of the property tax (education portion subject to Minister of Finance approval) during the rehabilitation period (up to 18 months) and development period (a time period approved by Council, up to 18 months).  The amount of assistance provided under this program varies depending on existing assessment and taxation, as well as the duration of rehabilitation and development periods.

Landfill Tipping Fee Rebate Program:  This program reduces landfill tipping fees from $72 to $36 per metric tonne for impacted soil being removed from a brownfield, provided that it can be used as cover material at the city’s landfill site.  The City will provide approximately $200,000 in funding under this program annually.  The total amount of funding provided to each property will be $40,000.

Planning and Building Permit Fee Rebate Program:  This program refunds all or part of planning and building permit fees collected as part of the reuse or redevelopment of a brownfield, after certain performance criteria are met.  The City will provide approximately $350,000 in funding under this program annually.  The total amount of funding provided to each property will be $70,000.

Tax Increment Equivalent Grant Program:  This program grants 100% of the incremental increase in the municipal portion of the property tax revenue associated with a project for a period of up to five years.  The amount of assistance provided under this program varies depending on existing assessment and taxation, the value of the project and its impact on assessment and taxation.

These programs can be used in conjunction with other incentive programs offered by the city or other levels of government.  The total amount of incentives shall not exceed eligible costs.

Who is eligible to participate?

To be eligible, the property must: 

  • be located in the community improvement project area;
  • be an urban property;
  • have been previously used for commercial or industrial purposes;
  • be vacant, derelict or at risk;
  • be the subject of a residential or mixed use re-use or redevelopment proposal; and,
  • have a “failed” Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment.

The City of Greater Sudbury’s Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan will help revitalize properties outside of our urban areas that have abandoned mine sites with mine hazards – known as rural brownfields.

Rural brownfields present many economic and environmental challenges.  They represent lost economic opportunities in terms of investment, short and long term employment, productivity, assessment and taxation.  Existing mine hazards can threaten public health and safety.  They can also be complicated by the presence of environmental contamination.

Like their urban counterparts, rural brownfields have barriers which prevent them from being brought back into productive use.  Patterns of ownership, outstanding financial obligations, the presence of mine hazards, the cost to rehabilitate mine hazards and concerns regarding the liability of assuming historic mine hazards all deter investment and activity.

The Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan is designed to help overcome these barriers by making two financial incentive programs available to help reduce upfront costs.

Rural Brownfield Financial Incentive Programs

What incentives are available?

Two financial incentive programs are available under the Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan to help reduce upfront costs associated with the rehabilitation, remediation and redevelopment of rural brownfields.

Non-Urban Tax Increment Equivalent Grant Program:  This program grants all or a portion of the incremental increase in the municipal portion of the property tax revenue associated with a project for a period of up to ten years.  The amount of assistance provided under this program varies depending on existing assessment and taxation, the value of the project and its impact on assessment and taxation.

Tax Assistance Program:  This program defers or cancels 100 percent of the municipal and education portion of the property tax (education portion subject to Minister of Finance approval) during the rehabilitation period (up to 18 months) and development period (a time period approved by Council, up to 18 months).  The amount of assistance provided under this program varies depending on existing assessment and taxation, as well as the duration of rehabilitation and development periods.

These programs can be used in conjunction with other incentive programs offered by the city or other levels of government.  The total amount of incentives shall not exceed eligible costs.

Who is eligible to participate?

To be eligible, the property must: 

  • be located in the community improvement project area;
  • be a non-urban property;
  • contain an abandoned mine site(s);
  • contain mine hazard(s) that require rehabilitation to the prescribed standards of the Mining Act;
  • be the subject of a proposal for a mining and mining-related use or other industrial use that will not preclude future mining activities and which conforms with the Official Plan; and,
  • proposed to be used for a use that would have a significant net new economic impact.

How do I apply?

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Jason Ferrigan at the coordinates listed below to arrange for a pre-consultation meeting.  Applicants may also download, complete and return either the Urban Brownfield Financial Incentive Application Form or Rural Brownfield Financial Incentive Application Form to Jason Ferrigan. 

For further information regarding this initiative, please contact:

Jason Ferrigan, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner
Planning Services Division
City of Greater Sudbury
200 Brady Street East, 3rd Floor
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 5P3

Tel:  (705) 674-4455 ext. 4298
Fax:  (705) 673-2200
Email:  jason.ferrigan@greatersudbury.ca

Downloads:

City of Greater Sudbury’s Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan (pdf, 18.4 MB)

Urban Brownfield Brochure (pdf, 4.6 MB)

Urban Brownfield Financial Incentive Application Form  (pdf, 0.1 MB)

Rural Brownfield Brochure (pdf, 4.6 MB)

Rural Brownfield Financial Incentive Application Form (pdf, 0.1 MB)