Daniel Traub, "Lots" (Print Center 2010-11)
Reform as balancing act:
Crafting Phila’s new land bank
and demo regulations
Jennifer Kates, Esq.
Office of Councilwoman M...
Reforming
our approach
to code
enforcment
Interconnected problems
-- Many thousands of properties abandoned,
dragged down with aged debt and "tangled"
title
-- A ta...
Code enforcement: problem
-- Systems designed to react to complaints
-- Poor data, anachronistic technology
-- Unwillingne...
Demolition crisis
D
June, 2013 building collapse at 22nd and Market
Demolition reform
-- Executive order and new
departmental regulations
-- Special investigatory
committee convened by City
...
Towards more systemic reform?
-- New computer system being commissioned,
will integrate with Revenue’s
-- Pending recommen...
"The Land Bank will help
eliminate blight,
stabilize our neighborhoods,
and put vacant property
back on the tax rolls."
- ...
Vacant land: problem
-- Poor data
-- No system for acquisitions
-- Code enforcement, lien collection/foreclosure
segregate...
Land Bank reform
-- Land Bank legislation adopted in December
2013
-- Will be funded for FY15, operational by 2015
-- One ...
Breaking the acquisition
deadlock
-- Tax/lien foreclosure decisions will be based
on redevelopment goals in addition to
re...
Transparency is key
-- Real time online inventory and tracking
tools; Automated notice to interested parties
-- Published ...
Towards a more systemic
reform?
-- Central role for market analysis and planning
-- Acquisition tool works for low-value a...
Let this image become an
artifact of a past era
jennifer.kates
@phila.gov
215-686-3448
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  1. 1. Daniel Traub, "Lots" (Print Center 2010-11)
  2. 2. Reform as balancing act: Crafting Phila’s new land bank and demo regulations Jennifer Kates, Esq. Office of Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez 7th District, Philadelphia
  3. 3. Reforming our approach to code enforcment
  4. 4. Interconnected problems -- Many thousands of properties abandoned, dragged down with aged debt and "tangled" title -- A tax and lien foreclosure system not structured or incentivized to support redevelopment goals -- Code enforcement historically reactive, not strategic -- Related functions in different “silos”
  5. 5. Code enforcement: problem -- Systems designed to react to complaints -- Poor data, anachronistic technology -- Unwillingness to admit unaddressed need -- Legacy of “NTI”, mid-2000s demo program
  6. 6. Demolition crisis D June, 2013 building collapse at 22nd and Market
  7. 7. Demolition reform -- Executive order and new departmental regulations -- Special investigatory committee convened by City Council, 80+ page report issued, legislation adopted -- Mayoral Blue Ribbon Commission in process
  8. 8. Towards more systemic reform? -- New computer system being commissioned, will integrate with Revenue’s -- Pending recommendations for structural changes, new funding -- But strategic enforcement programs in flux -- Need a comprehensive strategy, and large- scale funding
  9. 9. "The Land Bank will help eliminate blight, stabilize our neighborhoods, and put vacant property back on the tax rolls." - Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez Reforming our approach to vacant land
  10. 10. Vacant land: problem -- Poor data -- No system for acquisitions -- Code enforcement, lien collection/foreclosure segregated from redevelopment agencies -- Narrow focus on housing as highest & best use
  11. 11. Land Bank reform -- Land Bank legislation adopted in December 2013 -- Will be funded for FY15, operational by 2015 -- One agency, one inventory, one set of rules
  12. 12. Breaking the acquisition deadlock -- Tax/lien foreclosure decisions will be based on redevelopment goals in addition to revenue generation -- Power to clear and abate City liens allows "donor-taker" transfers that restore properties to productive use -- Land Bank sales will fund more acquisition and maintenance
  13. 13. Transparency is key -- Real time online inventory and tracking tools; Automated notice to interested parties -- Published policies, developed through a biannual formal process with public comment -- Detailed reporting of transfers and terms
  14. 14. Towards a more systemic reform? -- Central role for market analysis and planning -- Acquisition tool works for low-value areas “left behind” by traditional enforcement -- Pricing based on market-appropriate valuation methods, flexibility to make development feasible and for range of community-beneficial uses
  15. 15. Let this image become an artifact of a past era jennifer.kates @phila.gov 215-686-3448

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