Become a Member
Designated as a land bank by the state of PA, TCLB has legal abilities that make it easier to acquire properties and clear titles. To fight blight, land banks can:
- Repurpose abandoned properties at the scale of the problem in ways that are best for communities.
- Shift the burden and risk of addressing blight from a single municipality to a shared organization.
- Increase the number of potential buyers and uses for properties.
- Assemble unproductive properties for new economic development opportunities.
Benefits of addressing blight through a land bank include:
- More tax revenue for municipalities, school districts, and county government.
- Increased property values.
- Savings in code enforcement, police, fire, and public works costs.
- Improved health for community members.
- Reduced crime, especially gun-related violence.
- Revitalized communities, attractive for new residents and growth.
Who is Eligible?
- Any municipality within Allegheny County who is also a member of a Council of Governments.
- The corresponding school district must be a member of the Land Bank.
- Any School District within Allegheny County.
- School Land Bank Members are coordinated with the Municipal Land Bank Member that has overlapping geographical jurisdiction with the School District.
By becoming a member of the TCLB you must agree to the following:
- Discharge unpaid taxes and other public liens on properties the Land Bank acquires.
- Remit 50% of the taxes for up to 5 years on properties the TCLB has successfully put back to productive use.
- Participate in the annual contribution to the Land Bank.
- A written request must be submitted to the Chair of the Land Bank to be approved for membership by the Land Bank Board.
- Voting for new Land Bank Membership shall take place prior to the second quarter of the calendar year.
- If approved, the Land Bank shall provide a template Ordinance or Resolution, which authorizes signing the Tri-COG Land Bank Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement (ICA). The governing body of the Tax/Municipal Claim Jurisdiction shall adopt the Ordinance or Resolution, sign the ICA and provide an official copy of its Ordinance or Resolution to the Executive Director of the Land Bank.
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