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Blight & Redevelopment Toolkit

Regardless of size and location, many cities throughout Georgia face challenges related to vacant, abandoned, or poorly maintained properties. This toolkit, accessible to all GMA members, seeks to address all stages of blight remediation and redevelopment and may be used to assist cities in determining how to identify blight, understand the legal implications and requirements for blight removal, and access resources to reverse the short- and long-term consequences of derelict properties. Most importantly, the toolkit allows GMA to build a knowledge base reflecting the current state of blight remediation and redevelopment as well as innovative approaches in anticipation of future trends.
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Blight & Redevelopment Webinars

Blight Legal Webinar

This webinar, featuring GMA's Senior Associate General Counsel Rusi Patel, focuses on the basic tools available to cities in Georgia in their efforts to remedy blight. This webinar should not be construed as legal advice.

Overview of Land Banks in Georgia

This webinar, featuring President Chris Norman of the Georgia Association of Land Bank Authorities, Inc., provides an overview of the history and benefits of land banks in the state of Georgia.

Spring Cleaning Challenge

April Plank, City Administrator of the small city of Hoschton in Jackson County, GA, speaks to the challenge that was issued to a blighted area within the city and the excellent results that were achieved through the challenge. 

Blight & Redevelopment News

Boarded-up houses, overgrown cemeteries dominate Augusta committees

Perennial problems with abandoned and boarded up properties and overgrown city cemeteries received fresh airing at Augusta Commission committees on Tuesday.
11/29/2018 9:26:25 AM
Augusta Chronicle

West Point updates ordinance on dilapidated buildings

Buildings with fire hazards, structural defects and in general disrepair will soon be on a list of properties the city of West Point will be looking for in an attempt to make the cit...
11/16/2018 8:54:27 AM
LaGrange Daily News

Council to pursue nuisance abatement on Tall Pines

11/16/2018 8:47:48 AM
LaGrange Daily News

Savannah increases number of properties targeted with blight tax

11/13/2018 10:16:26 AM
Savannah Morning News

Tire cleanup part of Bethlehem neighborhood revival

11/13/2018 10:05:51 AM
Augusta Chronicle

Different tax sale could spur investment, clear blight in Augusta

11/6/2018 10:14:30 AM
Augusta Chronicle

Urban planning expert talks about placemaking opportunities

11/5/2018 9:50:17 AM
Newnan Times-Herald

Sandy Springs using lien to force apartment complex to clean up trash

The city of Sandy Springs is taking an extreme measure to force an apartment complex to clean up its own trash.
10/17/2018 10:24:15 AM
Neighbor News

Historic Savannah Foundation’s revolving fund has preserved the face of the city

10/15/2018 8:46:25 AM
Savannah Morning News

Savannah annexes lands for new hotel, restaurant developments in west Chatham

9/25/2018 10:20:35 AM
Savannah Morning News

Shortage of inspectors means some blight goes unchecked in Macon-Bibb County

9/21/2018 9:09:17 AM
Macon Telegraph

‘Fight The Blight’ Program Heads To Northwest Atlanta

9/6/2018 8:49:06 AM

Dalton council trims property tax rate, authorizes demolition of hotel

8/21/2018 8:42:52 AM
Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah developments prompt rezoning changes

8/3/2018 9:54:07 AM
Savannah Morning News

Gainesville to amend code to tidy-up residences and public areas

8/3/2018 9:15:03 AM
Access North Georgia

Brookhaven’s Buford Highway zoning to include affordability mandate

Brookhaven’s proposed Buford Highway Overlay zoning district will include an affordable housing mandate and apartment tenant protections as city leaders try to address gentrification...
8/3/2018 9:01:34 AM
Reporter Newspapers

City grapples with dilapidated buildings

7/30/2018 9:48:30 AM
Brunswick News

Savannah to use eminent domain for neighborhood improvement

6/28/2018 10:28:59 AM
Savannah Morning News

Hall County OKs its end of proposed land bank with Gainesville

The Hall County Commission gave final approval Thursday to a resolution that signals the county's agreement to join a proposed land bank with the city of Gainesville.
6/18/2018 9:37:09 AM
Access North Georgia