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Blight & Redevelopment Toolkit

Regardless of size and location, many cities throughout Georgia face challenges related to vacant, abandoned, or poorly maintained properties. This toolkit, accessible to all GMA members, seeks to address all stages of blight remediation and redevelopment and may be used to assist cities in determining how to identify blight, understand the legal implications and requirements for blight removal, and access resources to reverse the short- and long-term consequences of derelict properties. Most importantly, the toolkit allows GMA to build a knowledge base reflecting the current state of blight remediation and redevelopment as well as innovative approaches in anticipation of future trends.
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Case Studies, Reports, and Tools

How to Fund Land Banks

11/16/2018 5:15:05 PM

101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City

11/8/2018 10:48:01 AM

Creative Placemaking and Community Safety

10/10/2018 3:29:42 PM
Urban Institute

Improving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Economic Development

9/14/2018 8:18:42 AM
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Community Control of Land and Housing

9/7/2018 10:02:46 AM
The Democracy Collaborative

Instead of Razing Buildings, Some Cities Want to Reuse Their Bones

8/14/2018 12:28:40 PM
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities

8/10/2018 11:58:09 AM
Center for Community Progress

An Atlanta Home’s 60-Year Journey To Vacancy And Disrepair

8/3/2018 4:59:37 PM

The Future of Cities: How Communities Rebound

7/27/2018 2:30:35 PM
George W. Bush Institute

The Case for Building $1,500 Parks

7/25/2018 4:59:46 PM
Fast Company

Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms

6/21/2018 4:48:41 PM

Land Banks and Land Banking (2nd Edition)

6/21/2018 3:59:39 PM
Center for Community Progress

The Empty House Next Door: Understanding and Reducing Vacancy

6/20/2018 12:38:36 PM
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Building American Cities Toolkit™

6/19/2018 2:48:36 PM
Center For Community Progress

Cities Now Use Taxes to Fight Blight. Is It Working?

6/19/2018 2:17:13 PM

Understanding Heirs' Properties in the Southeast

6/15/2018 11:42:26 AM
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

What Is Heirs' Property?

6/15/2018 11:24:40 AM
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Webinar Series Helps Cities with Redevelopment

6/15/2018 9:12:13 AM

Blight Remediation in the Southeast

6/7/2018 4:41:45 PM
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Officials across Georgia Work to Minimize Blight

1/30/2017 2:09:07 PM

Cedartown Neighborhoods Say ‘Bye’ to Blight

3/9/2016 11:01:09 AM

Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual

6/26/2013 7:36:00 PM

Model Derelict and Blighted Property Ordinance

6/28/2012 8:00:00 AM

Blight & Redevelopment Webinars

Blight Legal Webinar

This webinar, featuring GMA's Senior Associate General Counsel Rusi Patel, focuses on the basic tools available to cities in Georgia in their efforts to remedy blight. This webinar should not be construed as legal advice.

Overview of Land Banks in Georgia

This webinar, featuring President Chris Norman of the Georgia Association of Land Bank Authorities, Inc., provides an overview of the history and benefits of land banks in the state of Georgia.

Spring Cleaning Challenge

April Plank, City Administrator of the small city of Hoschton in Jackson County, GA, speaks to the challenge that was issued to a blighted area within the city and the excellent results that were achieved through the challenge. 

Blight & Redevelopment News

Moultrie CDBG removes blighted property

4/8/2019 10:15:31 AM
Moultrie Observer

Augusta to target blight around 15th Street in next phase of redevelopment

Augusta is planning to take a new targeted approach to urban redevelopment by focusing on the 15th Street corridor, where other entities are making major investments.
4/2/2019 10:18:40 AM
Augusta Chronicle

VIDEO: Macon blight tax could have ‘unintended consequences,’ mayor says

2/13/2019 9:29:04 AM
Macon Telegraph

City, county team up on blighted property

he city’s new Blighted Property Ordinance went through its third reading and was approved during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
2/7/2019 9:26:27 AM
Moultrie Observer

Boarded-up houses, overgrown cemeteries dominate Augusta committees

Perennial problems with abandoned and boarded up properties and overgrown city cemeteries received fresh airing at Augusta Commission committees on Tuesday.
11/29/2018 9:26:25 AM
Augusta Chronicle

West Point updates ordinance on dilapidated buildings

Buildings with fire hazards, structural defects and in general disrepair will soon be on a list of properties the city of West Point will be looking for in an attempt to make the cit...
11/16/2018 8:54:27 AM
LaGrange Daily News

Council to pursue nuisance abatement on Tall Pines

11/16/2018 8:47:48 AM
LaGrange Daily News

Savannah increases number of properties targeted with blight tax

11/13/2018 10:16:26 AM
Savannah Morning News

Tire cleanup part of Bethlehem neighborhood revival

11/13/2018 10:05:51 AM
Augusta Chronicle

Different tax sale could spur investment, clear blight in Augusta

11/6/2018 10:14:30 AM
Augusta Chronicle

Urban planning expert talks about placemaking opportunities

11/5/2018 9:50:17 AM
Newnan Times-Herald