A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. 


Examples of potential Brownfield Sites

  • Dry Cleaners

  • Former Gas Stations

  • Landfills

  • Illicit dumpsites

  • Industrial Properties

  • Abandoned buildings

  • Junk Yards

  • Vacant Properties

  • Mine scarred and adjacent lands

  • Railyards and adjacent facilities



The GMRC is committed to helping our member communities identify and remediate brownfield properties both to improve environmental conditions and return properties to viable use.  We are currently applying for funding assistance through the Environmental Protection Agency to assist with a regional program perform some property assessments and upgrading our inventory of potential sites.  If you wish to participate in this effort or are looking for help with guiding property owners through the assessment and remediation process feel free to contact the GMRC Planning Department.


Helpful Links


EPA’s Brownfield Program home page


EPA Region 4 Office:


    Cindy Nolan

    Atlanta Federal Center

    61 Forsyth Street, S.W.

    Atlanta, GA 30303-8960



Georgia EPD Brownfield Program home page



Stay tuned for announcements concerning meetings or events related to our regional brownfield program.


GMRC Lunch and Learn Presentation – Brownfields (pdf)


Georgia Mountains Regional Commission

Mailing Address:    

P.O. Box 1720

Gainesville, GA 30503

Physical Address:  

1310 West Ridge Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30503

Tel: (770) 538-2626 

Fax: (770) 538-2625

WorkSource Georgia Mountains

Mailing Address: 

P.O. Box 2278

Gainesville, GA 30503

Physical Address:   

1856 Thompson Bridge Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30501

Tel: (770) 538-2727 

Fax: (770) 538-2729


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