Ohio Governor Ted Strickland yesterday signed legislation that will make it easier for cities to take control of vacant and abandoned properties.
The land bank legislation was championed by Cuyahoga County officials and urban policy advocates alike. It will allow county governments to establish land banks to clear the title to foreclosed homes and begin the process of returning the property to productive use.
Many Ohio Cities have long operated their own land banks. However, without a strong legal framework, local efforts have been challenging.
The state law is modeled after a program recently adopted in Cuyahoga County, which is home to Cleveland. Cuyahoga’s land bank, in turn, was modeled after Genesee County’s, home to Flint, Michigan.
Here’s a Toledo Blade story if you want more details.