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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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Case Studies, Reports, and Tools

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

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


Warner Robins City Council met Monday evening with several items on the agenda. Before the meeting began Mayor Randy Toms called for a closed session in regards to real estate acquis...
5/11/2018 10:37:27 AM
Houston Home Journal

Savannah’s ‘blight tax’ goes mostly unpaid

4/23/2018 10:09:55 AM
Savannah Morning News

Atlanta launches ‘Fight the Blight’ initiative

4/11/2018 10:15:39 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bainbridge tackling blighted property issue

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Marshal’s Office has been working to compile a list of vacant and abandoned buildings so they can help the owners eradicate the blighted property and be...
4/11/2018 9:30:34 AM
Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Hogansville council votes to pass blight ordinance

After a brief discussion, the Hogansville City Council voted unanimously to pass a blighted property ordinance at Monday’s meeting.
4/6/2018 10:20:26 AM
LaGrange Daily News

Mayor Launches Atlanta Blight Initiative With A Demolition

4/6/2018 10:05:08 AM

Officials At Odds Over Blighted School

A strenuous debate broke out in Monday’s Waycross City Commission planning and information session over opposing views about how to clean up the mess that is the dilapidated former B...
4/6/2018 9:15:12 AM
Waycross Journal-Herald

How a makeover could help MLK Jr. Blvd. with its blighted reputation

2/28/2018 10:13:34 AM
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer