Over at munireg.com, president and founder Michael Halpern has aimed his crosshairs at fighting neighborhood blight by, among other things, bringing news from around the country that detail best practices for addressing “zombie” properties. Some of the recent trends include enhancements to municipal code enforcement, and the creation of land banks. Keep reading for highlights.
Massachusetts AG’s Neighborhood Renewal Program
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy recently announced the creation of the Neighborhood Renewal Division that will help fight blight with the receivership and grants programs, as well projects to transform vacant properties into new homes for families.
See the full munireg.com blog post here:
Code Enforcement Education
A recent webinar hosted by the National Association of Realtors and the Center for Community Progress focused on how governmental systems can address vacancy and abandoned properties plaguing communities across the country.
See the National Association of Realtors website for more details, and to access the webinar training materials. URL below:
Recent Developments with Land Banks
According to the Center for Community Progress, a land bank is a governmental entity or nonprofit corporation that focuses on the conversion of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties into productive use. Typically, land banks are created as public entities by a local ordinance, pursuant to authority provided by state-enabling legislation.
In a recent development, Nebraska Governor Ricketts recently signed a bill allowing metropolitan cities to form land banks. Read the article here: