PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
The PA Department of Community & Economic Development is actively involved in projects and initiatives to fight blight.
Over the past decade, Pennsylvania has expanded the tools available to local governments to fight blight. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is helping provide information on land banks and other tools to return blighted and vacant properties to productive use.
Mail a copy of your land bank ordinance, with a filing fee of $125, to DOS at: Department of State Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
P.O. Box 8722
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8722
This sample ordinance can be used by land bank jurisdictions to develop their own ordinances in consultation with their solicitor. Please keep in mind that this guidance document is intended to be an information resource only.
Land Bank Audits
Once DCED receives the ordinance from your land bank, along with the certificate of incorporation from DOS, DCED will establish your fiscal year end date for annual reporting purposes as December 31st, unless otherwise noted.
Land banks are required to annually, within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year, submit an audit of income and expenditures, together with a report of its activities for the preceding year, to DCED.
Files are to be saved as follows: Year of Audit-Name_of_Land_Bank.
Land banks must also file a duplicate of the audit along with a report of activities for the preceding year with the land bank jurisdiction which created the land bank and each political subdivision which opted to participate in the land bank pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement.
This information is used by legislative and executive agencies for legislative, policy and funding considerations, as well as many outside organizations for research and comparative analysis. The fulfillment of your responsibility in filing your land bank’s annual report will greatly assist our efforts in that regard.
Pennsylvania Blight and Land Bank Library
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, in partnership with DCED, created an online library of resources for local governments. It includes information to help establish and operate a land bank, and provides other resources to return blighted and vacant properties to productive use.
Blight hurts communities in many ways. It poses serious health and safety threats, costs local governments for enforcement and maintenance, reduces property values and tax revenue and makes communities less attractive for investment. The Tri-COG Collaborative in the Mon Valley of Allegheny County, with funding from DCED, produced a financial impact of blight study.