What is a land bank? A land bank is a tool for City’s/Counties to utilize to curb vacant, abandoned, debris filled properties or “problem properties”. A land bank can help avoid these properties from defining a City or County and is one way that communities are returning vacant and dilapidated properties back into productive use. View a list of Kansas communities that have established land banks. Some examples include Arkansas City, Lyons, and Pittsburg.
Guide to Land Banks (PDF, 112 KB)
Land Bank Authorities: A Guide for the Creation and Operation of Local Land Banks (From the Local Initiatives Support Coalition)
Frequently Asked Questions on Landbanks (From Center for Community Progress)
The Legal Basis for a Land Bank in Kansas (Report by the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, made possible with funding from the Kansas Health Foundation)
Kansas Land Bank Statutes (PDF, 164 KB)
For more information or to discuss ideas of how communities are dealing with vacant or dilapidated properties, contact NCRPC Housing Director Keegan Bailey.