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

The Value of Historic District Status in Georgia

March 7, 2019
Georgia State University Center for State and Local Finance

NLC Launches Opportunity Zone Resources

February 18, 2019
National League of Cities

Black Southerners Are Bearing the Brunt of America’s Eviction Epidemic

January 23, 2019
The Pew Charitable Trusts

How to Fund Land Banks

November 16, 2018

101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City

November 8, 2018

Creative Placemaking and Community Safety

October 10, 2018
Urban Institute

Improving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Economic Development

September 14, 2018
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Community Control of Land and Housing

September 7, 2018
The Democracy Collaborative

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

August 14, 2018
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities

August 10, 2018
Center for Community Progress

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

August 3, 2018

The Future of Cities: How Communities Rebound

July 27, 2018
George W. Bush Institute

The Case for Building $1,500 Parks

July 25, 2018
Fast Company

Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms

June 21, 2018

Land Banks and Land Banking (2nd Edition)

June 21, 2018
Center for Community Progress

The Empty House Next Door: Understanding and Reducing Vacancy

June 20, 2018
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Building American Cities Toolkit™

June 19, 2018
Center For Community Progress

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

June 19, 2018

Understanding Heirs' Properties in the Southeast

June 15, 2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

What Is Heirs' Property?

June 15, 2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Webinar Series Helps Cities with Redevelopment

June 15, 2018

Blight Remediation in the Southeast

June 7, 2018
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Officials across Georgia Work to Minimize Blight

January 30, 2017

Georgia Land Bank Resource Manual

June 26, 2013

Model Derelict and Blighted Property Ordinance

June 28, 2012

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.