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259 Vine Street
Clinton, IN  47842
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Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about the Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Master Plan project. We will continue to add more FAQs to this page over the duration of the project. The source of some of these answers is the document Base Redevelopment Planning for BRAC Sites, Office of Economic Adjustment - May 2006, which is available here.

1. What is BRAC? BRAC is an acronym that stands for Base Realignment and Closure. It is the process the Department of Defense (DoD) uses to reorganize its base structure to more efficiently and effectively support our forces, increase operational readiness and facilitate new ways of doing business.

2. What is NeCDRA? NeCDRA stands for Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority. The NeCDRA is comprised of board of five citizens appointed by the Vermillion County Commissioners and recognized by the Department of Defense.

3. How long is the planning process? The Reuse Master Plan planning process will take approximately nine months and will be completed by October 2009.

4. What are the NeCDRA's goals? The NeCDRA is responsible for developing a Reuse Master Plan and Implementation Strategy for the Newport Chemical Depot, and to work with the public, the Army, government officials and contractors, and other interested parties to: a.) Develop a new vision for the depot property; b.) Develop a specific plan of action to achieve the vision.

5. What is meant by the Homeless Provider Screening Process? Once the Army makes a determination of surplus property, the NeCDRA must begin soliciting interest in surplus federal property from homeless providers. The requested property will assist those eligible agencies in satisfying the unmet needs of the homeless in the vicinity of the depot.

6. What is meant by the State and Local Screening Process? Like the homeless provider screening process, the state and local screening process begins after the Army makes its Declaration of Surplus Property. At that point, governments and other nonprofit organizations can begin the application process to obtain a "public benefit conveyance" of property. Examples of such organizations include: education, health, parks and recreation, historic monuments, public airports, highways, and self-help housing, among others. This process gives interested parties the opportunity to make an application to the NeCDRA to use depot property for their organizations.

7. What is a Reuse Master Plan? The Reuse Master Plan is the means by which a community defines a comprehensive reuse strategy, and it serves as a guide to the Department of Defense for the disposal of surplus property, leading to the orderly transfer of property from the federal government to civilian reuse. The Reuse Master Plan will identify the proposed land uses, supporting infrastructure, phasing schedule, and capital improvement programs needed to implement the plan. While the community identifies specific land uses in the plan, the Department of Defense, as the property disposal agent, identifies the final property disposal mechanisms.

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