**Note: Due to the upcoming Good Friday holiday, the Pittsburgh Land Bank's April Meeting will be pushed back one week to April 21st at 1pm.**
The Land Bank Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for the second Friday of every month at 1:00p.m. in City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor in the City-County Building.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Pittsburgh Land Bank Board of Directors will be held Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 1:00p.m. in City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor in the City-County Building. The meeting will be recorded and televised.
posted 3/06/17 @ 4:30 pm
WEIGH IN ON THE DRAFT POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The draft policies & procedures for the Pittsburgh Land Bank were released on Friday, February 10th, 2017. The Policies and Procedures will guide how the Land Bank operates day-to-day – what it prioritizes, how it makes its decisions, and how an individual interacts with the Land Bank.
**The deadline to submit all comments on the inaugural draft has been extended to:
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017**
This is an exciting time for the City of Pittsburgh and for our communities to enable the Land Bank as a tool to return distressed property back to productive use through equitable, transparent, and public processes. Doing so will revitalize neighborhoods, strengthen the City of Pittsburgh’s tax base, and support socially and economically diverse communities.
The entirety of the draft Policies and Procedures is available to read as a downloadable PDF as well as by section for your consideration and feedback. You’ll also find links to other resources on this website, including the relevant state and local laws which enabled the creation of the PLB and got us started on this path.
Over the next few months, the PLB Board of Directors, working with a team of consultants, will host five citywide public input meetings spread throughout the general areas of the City – North, South, East, West, and Central. Each meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Those meeting dates and locations will be advertised on this website and in various other publications and media as soon as they are scheduled.
At the conclusion of all five citywide meetings, the PLB Board will collect all of the input received – from the meetings, via this website, and at its monthly board meetings – and make adjustments to the Policies & Procedures as they determine best.
The draft Policies & Procedures will then be turned into a final version and sent to Pittsburgh City Council for adoption, following the City Council process.
posted 3/06/17 @ 4:27 pm
LAND BANK BENEFITS
The Land Bank will give communities a voice to decide the fate of tax-foreclosed property in their neighborhood, guarding against vacant parcels of land falling into the hands of speculators, allowing neighborhoods to drive development at the grassroots level. By viewing vacant and abandoned properties as potential assets—rather than barriers—communities can reinvest in their neighborhoods from the ground up.