July 18, 2011
Belajac on the Pennsylvania Land Bank Act
Student author Darren M. Belajac has published a comment, THE PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE TAKES A SIGNIFICANT, THOUGH INSUFFICIENT, STEP TOWARD ADDRESSING BLIGHT AND TAX DELINQUENCY: HOUSE BILL 712, THE LAND BANK ACT in the Duquesne Law Review. From the introduction:
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed a bill authorizing the creation of land banks for the purpose of addressing vacant and tax-delinquent properties in Pennsylvania municipalities. The bill, known as the Land Bank Act, is currently in the state Senate for consideration and will likely be voted upon soon. The Land Bank Act is an important, though insufficient, step toward addressing the problem of blight and abandonment of properties throughout Pennsylvania. The problem of blight is especially acute in the Commonwealth's two largest cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. This comment will compare and contrast the contents of the bill against a competing version that stalled in the Pennsylvania Senate in early 2010. This juxtaposition will take place in the context of a more general discussion of how land banks operate to address blight and tax delinquency. In particular, the comment will analyze how the Land Bank Act should affect the City of Pittsburgh's efforts to address its blight. Lastly, this comment will seek to show how even once the bill passes the Senate (assuming it does), the legislature will still need to revamp the Commonwealth's tax foreclosure laws.
I'm surprised that Pennsylvania - which I usually consider to be ahead of Georgia on all things related to land use planning - is just now authorizing land banks. I'll add this to my considerable (and growing) pile of professional reading!
Jamie Baker Roskie
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If you're looking to get up to speed quickly, I'd also recommend Land Banks and Land Banking (2011) by Frank Alexander, available at the Center for Community Progress website.
A very recent and very good resource on land banks , wherein he explains recent developments in land bank legislation (New York's Governor just signed our land bank legislation).
Posted by: george | Jul 31, 2011 11:39:53 AM
Thanks for the tip, George. I'm not surprised that Frank Alexander is all over this topic. Also, in related news, New York just authorized land banks.
Posted by: Jamie Baker Roskie | Aug 1, 2011 9:21:07 AM